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Old 03-29-2011, 09:50 AM   #1
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To PEX or not to PEX, that is the question


I need to reroute some plumbing and I have been looking at PEX. It looks like it should be far easier than (hideously expensive) copper pipe and the fun of sweating fittings, but I'd like to hear from some of the plumbing mavens here, would you use it in your home? I can help but think of what a "great idea!" PB was and what a disaster it turned out to be later......

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Old 03-29-2011, 10:03 AM   #2
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man, this debate again most younger guys will tell you absolutely, most guys as old as dirt will say hell no. those are the guys that still want caulked lead dwv too i have pex in my house, and will continue to use it as much as possible. as for the PB fiasco, if it happens with pex as well it's just more job security for us service guys

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Old 03-29-2011, 10:17 AM   #3
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Sorry if I'm echoing an old debate, I looked around and didn't see anything current. We just bought a house late last year and I've just never had occasion to go running new plumbing (apartments really frown on that kinda thing, go figure).

Personally I like what I seen or read about it do far but I am a cynic, I don't put a lot of faith in people trying to sell me something so I figured I could get a lot more unbiased input here.

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as for the PB fiasco, if it happens with pex as well it's just more job security for us service guys
Thanks, that's just the kind of **** that keeps me awake nights.........
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:35 PM   #4
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I would have said no. I have lost jobs when I've bid copper & the next guy bid pex. I now bid pex
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:21 PM   #5
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Pex is easier for the average HO to install. As for the durability, only time will tell. I prefer the time tested method of copper in my home.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:34 PM   #6
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One word for my house-
Copper
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:22 AM   #7
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Built my home in 1977 with copper supply lines and PVC and ABS DWV lines. Never had any problems. (PEX wasn't a choice around here then.)
All of the pro plumbers around here have gone to PEX unless copper is specified, however. PEX has been used in Europe for decades, supposedly with no problems.
If I had it replumb, I would probably go with PEX because it is so much easier to replumb with.
Age-old debate. LOL
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I recently went through the exercise of deciding whether to use pex or copper to replumb. For a new home construction, I might have had to think some more whether to use copper but for a replumb pex won hands down. It would have been VERY labor intensive and dangerous (fire hazzard sweating joints in tight places) to replumb using copper but it was simple and safe using pex. As far as how long pex will last, Europe has been using it successfully for over 20 years and that's good enough for me.

I went with the Wirsbo/Uponor pex system even though the expansion tool is much more expensive than the crimp or cinch tools. The way I looked at it is that I saved so much money doing the installation myself that the savings in not contracting the work out MORE than paid for the expensive expansion tool. Plus I now have the tool for any future water line jobs that I might want to do around the house.

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