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Old 04-17-2008, 07:40 PM   #1
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PEX piping vs. CPVC

I did some handywork in a mobile home. The owners of the park wanted the old copper replaced with PEX. Anyhow, during the winter, the heating oil ran out and the pipes froze...I was ready to have to tear out the old pipe and replace my surprise, the pex did not split anywhere.

Does anyone find pex superior?

Also, are there any communities that allow pex in permanent residences?

Are ther any drawbacks from PEX?



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Old 04-17-2008, 07:53 PM   #2
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Pex is a good product, as you have just found out, we use it widely here, so far there are no bad reports on it where I'm at. CPVC is not a great products.


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I put pex through out my house 2 years ago love the stuff I even used the quick connect fitting and last year when the furnece broke in the middle of winter no doubt not one pipe or fitting cracked or leaked.I have also read that some places do not allow the pex or the fittings due to it not being time tested yet so would check your local codes before putting it in
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Pex will expand without breaking if the water inside it freezes. That is definately a plus. It has its drawbacks, but in my opinion the positives outweigh the negatives. I rarely see a house plumbed in copper anymore.
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:54 PM   #5
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i like copper for simple DIY projects. because a 90deg. turn is 66 cents in copper and like 5$ in pex. plus the tool for crimping is $200 (though you can rent it).

however.. if i were plumbing a house from the beginning i would definately use PEX because it looks great and is really quick to install. the distrobution with PEX is just like with electrical which is cool.

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