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Old 08-30-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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While running my new pex for waterline, I cut a section and about an eighth to quarter cup of thin clear liquid poured out that smelled like acetone or paint and was kind of sticky. Is this anything to worry about?

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Did you taste it?

Never seen it before in PEX

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Did you taste it?

Never seen it before in PEX
Not yet and dont want to once I open the valves. May have to find some taste testers
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I've installed 100's of ft. of Pex and never once saw or smelled anything in it.
If I did I sure would not just go ahead and install it.
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I was joking above - it is not installed. Leaves me hi and dry for this three day weekend.
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I would return that pipe.
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Any box store will have 100 ft. rolls of it, why loose 3, days?
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Any box store will have 100 ft. rolls of it, why loose 3, days?
I had it delivered originally because the only local source didn't have enough. But I checked last night and found they restocked so I should be good.
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Ok - exchanged for some new rolls
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Got an air compressor? I'd blow those new coils out before I even brought them in the house.

Kind of scary if the manufacturer's quality control on foreign material in a water supply item isn't any better than that.
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The rolls I got above were fine, but I just went and got some more rolls of Pex (yeah I underestimated), and it too has the same smell (but no liquid). The pipe before was made in December of 2012, and this pipe was made in August of 2013. After some more searches on the web I find other references to smell in Pex not unlike mine and it seems to indicate it will flush out. It also seems to indicate that PEX-B is smellier than PEX-A.

I have to believe PEX-B is widely used. I guess I'm just going to move forward with it and if it doesn't go away after use then I will rip it all out and replace with PEX-A.
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I installed over 500' of PEX-b and none of it had any strange odors.

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