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Rick Bruner 05-13-2007 10:44 AM

Off the wall question
I have a copper supply line that runs the length of a crawlspace to an outside faucet at the front of the house - Living in upstate NY about every five years or so I don't get the water shut off on the first or perhaps second below freezing night......anyway the pipe has burst again and in the past I crawl in and I solder in a new PVC supply lines also burst or are they more forgiving.....? Thinking that I could replace the copper run...?

Mike Swearingen 05-13-2007 11:25 AM

A. I'm not a pro plumber...just a 50-year+ DIYer.
B. Copper will freeze and burst. PVC will freeze and burst. CPVC will freeze and burst.
C. PEX, which is what most pro plumbers are installing here now, will freeze and expand but rarely burst and will return to its original shape. You will have to have transition fittings from copper to PEX and a PEX connection crimping tool (1/2" if that's what the water line is). It comes in flex line rolls and you can probably rent the crimping tool.
Good Luck!

Rick Bruner 05-13-2007 05:46 PM

Off the wall question
Thanks much - I had just heard of PEX but was not aware that it would "survive"- will check this out....much appreciate the help....!!
Again thanks,

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