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Old 09-26-2007, 01:43 PM   #1
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PEX for Shower Body?


I'm remodeling my bathroom and I decided that PEX would be the way to go.

Ok, So I went out and bought a brand new PEX tool and tubing and fittings. My questions is: can PEX be used for a shower body? I'm asking because the Home Depot sales rep. told me that there was an "issue" with using PEX for a Shower body? When I pressed him for more detail he wasn't sure...any advice before I attemp this would be appreciated.

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You could use copper from the shower body then transition to pex.

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I have 1/2 copper threaded to 1/2 pex adapters, is that what you mean?
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First, while the BORG dudes and dudettes are well meaning, they are not usually the best place for advice.

Do you mean as a supply to the shower body rather than the shower body? Think about it, the water used to supply a shower body is the same water that flows to the sinks, stools and every other water consuming function in your home. You will not have any issues feeding a shower body with pex. That said, you still have to make sure you follow a well designed supply layout, watch the corners for kinking etc. Sioux Chief has a bunch of preformed corners that will help with the transition of copper to pex. I used the sweat version and they worked very well. Oddly enough though, my shower body instructions said to not use PEX or CPVC for the supply from the body to the shower drop ear.
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Yes i meant to supply to the shower body, I had also heard from a Home Depot sales guy that there may be problems using it for the connectio to the tub spout and to the shower head, My new shower body does not mention not to use pex.....I guess ill use pex for the supply the the body and copper for the tub spout and showerhead. thanks!
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I'd use copper going to the shower head and tub spout because pex flexes. Run it to your shower head or your tub spout and they're going to have some flex in them.

You can run it to your shower body but you must secure your shower body to a piece of wood with screws. Sometimes the screw holes in the shower body don't work out for one reason or another and the answer is to strap the ridgid copper pipe going to the body. With Pex you can't do this.

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