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Old 09-15-2006, 02:20 PM   #16
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Any locals on the forum know if Pex is allowed by code for water applications in NC?

Call you local building/plumbing inspector, they can tell you right away.

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Old 09-15-2006, 02:22 PM   #17
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Sounds like the specialty tool for Pex is expensive
About 125 here for the crimper.
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There os two types of system, Wirsbo and RTI, Wirsbo uses expansion, useing Wirsbo also requires the use of metal brass or plasric rings on the for each fitting end the others uses crimped on ss rings, we use RTI here and Wirsbo when sizes are greater the 1"

Whats great about pex, you don't have to worry about will the pipe freeze and split, it can freeze but it will not split.
Wirsbo is what i was refering to. Actually i didn't know anything about the RTI system. Yep plastic rings.
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:12 AM   #19
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Hi everyone. First time poster. I am a journeyman plumber from Calgary, Canada.

Re Topic: Mikedks, Pex is definately the product to use. Here in Canada copper is actually being phased out and is rarely used. This is due to speed of installation and of course the price is too much. I completely agree with Ron regarding the look of the install, but the time you save is well worth it.
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My house is currently 2/3's 40yr old copper( seems VERY thin when doing work on it) and the rest is Qest pipe. This as I understand it, is the so called lawsuit material. Though it looks as if all elbows and fittings are copper and not plastic. Funny thing, faucet on hot water line coming from electric hot water heater began dripping last nite. Faucet is connected on both sides by Qest and is attached by copper rings on each end. Leak is coming from the stem, valve actually has a fitting, can I just unscrew and replace or can the faucet be rebuilt? or do I need to get the crimper and replace the whole faucet?
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Yep Quest Pipe is some bad stuff, you should think about replacing all of it soon.

Looks like you will need to replace this shutoff valve, you might beable to tighten up the packing nut, just below the handle, if that don't work then you have to replace.
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Again, I appreciate the help, the Qest is going soon, very soon. Am planning on relocating water heater and then repiping basement myself. But I will be leaving the WVD system to the professionals, involves cutting concrete, moving shower drain, moving toilet, etc... the wife will only let me go so far. also need to tt the county, see what they require and will allow.
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haven't heard anyone mention it...The title should read cpvc not pvc!

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Old 09-22-2006, 02:32 PM   #24
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PVC pipe not allowed in building here, cpvc is allowed, but the problem with pvc and cpvc is it makes the water have a plastic taste to it.

We only use it between house and meter and thats not often, we run pex 99% of the time.

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