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Old 04-05-2011, 02:53 PM   #1
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I posted this in another thread, but I am re-posting here so I don't accidentally hijack another person's question.

Quick pex question....I just did a new zone for my boiler using hePEX, and one crimp out of about 15 came out a little funny. The LED came on stating the tool was tight enough (Zurn Ratcheting Clamp tool), but with I looked at the clamp, the little ears were kind of bent to one side as opposed to pressed in from either side equally. It's been under pressure (about 20psi) unheated for 24 hours and hasn't leaked?

Is it ridiculous to leave it, or if it isnt leaking, is it ok? I assume once the water hits 180 degrees, the pressure will increase and have more chance for leaks?

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1 outta 15 aint bad.

When in doubt...

How long would it take you to re-crimp it???

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Ahhh, now I get it, I think. If it's just a case of one side being more crimped than the other, then just redo the other side.

However the LED thing is kinda throwing me. Never seen/heard of an LED on a crimp tool. Have you got a pic of this futuristic gadget?
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However the LED thing is kinda throwing me. Never seen/heard of an LED on a crimp tool. Have you got a pic of this futuristic gadget?
lowes used to sell a pinch tool with a tiny light that lit up when the handles were fully compressed, i think this is what he's talking about. i always laughed at it cause it was like 30 bucks more for the led, seemed like a waste of money. just checked their site, didn't see it listed anymore
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This is the tool I have, I got it at my local plumbing supply house:

http://www.zurnpex.com/Portals/4/ZNPA198.pdf

I'll try and post a pic of the crimp in question tomorrow. The ears are closed all the way, it's sort of slanted to one end...not a ton of work to re-do it, but it's a pain to drain the system.
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Well now, that is a cute little "Buck Rogers" type gadget.

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