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amorak 05-01-2012 11:08 PM

Installing a Water Softener with PEX lines
Hi everyone,

I have 3/4" PEX plumbing coming off my city water meter in my basement. The builder (built 2006) used AquaPex plumbing and roughed in the isolation of the outside taps and sink/fridge water so they are not impacted by the water softener.

I plan to cut into the main water supply after the isolation section and go over to the water softener I've just bought, then come back in and reconnect into the house line.

I've tried to sketch it roughly below. Basically, post-isolated items, I am cutting into the water line and going over to the water softener, then attaching into the line up into the house, so that all the rest of the water into the house is softened:

What I am hoping to do is use two of these:
where the shark bute connects onto the water line in (after the isolator) and then I screw onto the water softener, then use the same to get the softened water back into the line I'd cut to get it over to the softener.

Is this a good idea?

VIPlumber 05-02-2012 09:34 AM

Seems fine to me.

amorak 05-02-2012 10:22 AM

Thanks @VIPlumber. I am just a bit ... nervous? Using that product to carry the entire house (minus the isolated lines) water supply, but I guess it's just the same as running more PEX, but with braided metal around it?

Any other thoughts out there - thanks guys, appreciate it. :thumbup:

sanec1 05-04-2012 10:56 PM

Sharkbite fittings are not cheap. For a homeowner doing their own plumbing they are easy to use and don't leak. Use them with confidence.

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