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Old 02-16-2010, 08:35 PM   #16
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Just bought a foreclosed home,All Copper stolen, Should i replace or use PEX or PVC?


Like any other quality popular tool, you can buy it and should have no trouble recouping 70% of your investment selling it on ebay.

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Old 02-16-2010, 11:01 PM   #17
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Not totally sure about codes, but based on my experience as a DIYer for an irrigation system, the industry consideres PVC to be inappropriate for indoor use. It's only considered reliable enough if it's burried (so it's primary application is in irrigation).

If it was me redoing all the plumbing in a home, I'd go with the PEX just because it seems like it would install faster. I've done the copper sweating and the PVC gluing, and it takes a lot of time doing all those joints, and getting pipe lengths just right. PEX on the other hand being bendable doesn't seem like things have to be so precise and you have fewer connections to make.
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:10 PM   #18
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Not totally sure about codes, but based on my experience as a DIYer for an irrigation system, the industry consideres PVC to be inappropriate for indoor use. It's only considered reliable enough if it's burried (so it's primary application is in irrigation).

If it was me redoing all the plumbing in a home, I'd go with the PEX just because it seems like it would install faster. I've done the copper sweating and the PVC gluing, and it takes a lot of time doing all those joints, and getting pipe lengths just right. PEX on the other hand being bendable doesn't seem like things have to be so precise and you have fewer connections to make.
easy with words like doesnt have to be so precise,some of us are contractors here!
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easy with words like doesnt have to be so precise,some of us are contractors here!
I just ment that because PEX is so flexable, the run of the pipe doesn't have to be cut to just the right lengths as you try to locate the pipe quite as precisly as when working with hard pipe.

As an example, think of making a 90 degree turn to go up through a floor. With hard pipe, you've got to get the pipe just before the 90 degree elbow the right length so that after the elbow the next pipe will properly point toward the hole. But with PEX, you just push the pipe through the hole and pull it up as needed to make the corner.

I know that when I've been working with copper and PVC pipe, the thing I've hated the most is when I would have to do what I would call "precision plumbing". This would be when the exact location of where you're going with the pipe is already set and therefore you've got to get pipe lengths and angles just right to hit your target. By contrast, if you're doing irrigation work and you've got a 4 inch wide trench to work with, it doesn't matter as much when a pipe gets cut a 1/2" shorter going around a corner than you intended since you don't have to be dead center in the trench.

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Do i use 3/8" for everything? or 1/2?
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What's this "special tool for pex" that everyone talks about? :D
I've never used one - I have a basic pipe-cutter and I use sharkbites, I use screw-in U brackets to hold my pipes in place, voila.
yeah, but a handful of sharkbites costs as much as the tool and pieces....
the tool can be resold on CL....
great way to go though if you can afford them!

so rats like to chew this stuff? that could be a problem here in the boonies, the dogs and cats catch the occasional rat and shrew as well as mice.

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Oh - it's an expander!
I had to go and read up on it to see what it does - if I need a new toy in my toybox surely I should know about it!
I got ya, now - I was confused and wondering if I was doing something wrong

Yes, you're right - the sharks for one bathroom equal the cost of the expander.
At least expanders can be resold and thus recouping some of the cost.
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We are in the same boat as you are, closed on a foreclosed house my husband has just arrived , but whoever was foreclosed upon decided to destroy all the pvc pipes in the basement. Husband is researching the pex ave today. We are planning on living in the house. Interesting thread. THANKS
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CPVC is still probably going to be much easier. How much of the pipe did they 'destroy'?
Also, it'd probably be much cheaper to just repair the damages. Did they rip the sink/tub fittings apart?
Did they destroy the drains? Can you post pictures?

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i found PEX prices @ for the blue

$30 for 100' and $90 for 300'

is the red higher priced? and what does oxygen and without oxygen mean?
The red shouldn't be priced higher. The with/without oxygen is probably specifying whether you can use the pipe in a heating system. Closed loop systems need an oxygen barrier to prevent rusting

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