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Old 03-27-2014, 11:21 PM   #16
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I know of no place that allows PVC inside for domestic water piping.


Same is said for copper systems. Only within the last year has lead been all but deleted from copper systems.

IMO- pex is the safest pipe there is. Of course, I wish it was never invented because it really dummies down my trade but, oh well....

If you have such concerns then buy bottled water- what scares me the most is our municipal treatment plants. No pipe will protect you from them.

Every year in I hear of a community that has issued a boil warning. I don't hear pex chemical warnings that often. In fact it's been years until you brought it up.
Is one brand of pex better than another? Home depot has sharkbite brand and furgessons has uponor wirsbo and lowes is made in China (we all know how the chineese drywall thing went). I know there is a type a,b,c. Uponor is an A and has 10 yrs warranty and sharkbite has 25 yr warranty , but does not say wether it is A,B,orC

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You mentioned manufacturing methods in your previous post- the following link might help--

http://www.pexuniverse.com/content/types-of-pex-tubing

I recently had one customer who specified Uponor for his house- why, I don't know. I didn't care as his money was good
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How old is the house? Do you have a garden?
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Wow, you open a really big can of worms when you ask which PEX is better. There are numerous whole threads on the subject, search the chat-rooms and you will find a lot of good information and a lot of BS being passed as fact. My bottom line is all of the name brand PEX tubing no matter what manufacturing procedure was used to make it meets the same ASTM standards. Anyone who claims PEX A,B,C or D is better than the other is at best mis-informed or a salesperson, at worst just plain wrong.

I use PEX A,B and C regularly and am confident in the products I install. If a customer requests a certain brand of PEX I am happy to oblige. All the PEX types are good. Uponer (formerly Wirsbo) has a well deserved good reputation with their PEX type-A. The Sharkbite-brand, Viega and Zurn PEX are type-B. Nibco is type-C.

Something to consider is although the different manufacturing methods all result in great quality tubing there appear to be some differences in characteristics. The type-A seems to be slightly more flexible and is the only type which can be expanded to attach fittings. That is why Uponer is able to use expansion fittings. "LateralConcepts" asks a good question: "are you on well or city water?" Why? Because any of the PEX type-B has 30%-40% greater resistance to chlorine than type-A including Uponer and can withstand higher pressure.

I could go on forever but it is all just re-hashing what has been addressed ad-nauseam on this and other chat-rooms. Feel confident using whatever name brand PEX you decide and good luck with your project.

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PEX fitting compatibility.
I was not aware that the Uponor (Wirsbo) fitting system required use of Type A PEX. There seems to be considerable inconsistency on this matter. For example, see this link http://www.pexinfo.com/ which includes a table that shows that the Uponor expansion fitting system can be used with all types of PEX tubing, with the exception of the PEX - AL - PEX system required for hot water heating.

The Uponor website promotes the use of Aquapex tubing (of course, since it is made by Uponor) but I could not find anywhere on the website a statement that only Aquapex tubing was compatible with the Wirsbo expansion fitting system. As it happens, I used the Wirsbo system in my house, and all I have is Aquapex tubing, so I cannot offer any personal experience mixing Wirsbo fittings with non-Wirsbo tubing. If PEX-B and PEX-C is stiffer than PEX-A, that of course could be a problem using an expansion tool, but perhaps someone on this forum has actually mixed Wirsbo fittings with PEX-B or PEX-C and can comment on whether this is really a problem.
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Uponor fittings can only be used with pex-A. Their AquaPex is by far the most popular PEX type-A tubing. You may be able to make the Uponor fittings fit in to a different type of PEX but it is recommended against and I would not trust the installation.

Whatever PEX you use be sure to follow the manufacturers installation instructions.
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Missing from your article is the fact that the chemicals were in the pex and not added by the manufacturer. Apparently a third party dumped it into the pex rolls either at the factory of the plumbers wholesale supplier. Pex has been in use in Europe for nearly 50 years with no problems. But if that bothers you you can always use stainless steel and a welder.

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