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Old 04-16-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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Reusing pex connectors


I am DIY a house I bought and put a connection in the way of my down tube for my washer drain.
My question is......I whittled off the crimp ring and removed the pex line and am wondering if it is safe to reused the connector with new line and new crimp ring.
I am using Nibco .....highest quality forged DZR brass fittings and Nibco red plastic line all in half inch.The crimp tool is the kind that looks like bolt cutters...Zurn with blue handle grips.

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As long as you did not damage or score the ribs on the fitting when you cut through the pipe you can reuse the fitting

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Old 04-17-2013, 03:44 AM   #3
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On the one hand, as already said, if it's not damaged, it's fine.

On the other hand, IMO it can be hard to tell if it's damaged. A weakened connector that doesn't yet physically show a crack could fail underneath the next crimp you put on, invisibly.

In theory it works, I'm just a little leery of it.
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Connectors are cheaper than water damage. Start fresh. Consider the price of a new one the lesson learned.
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Thanks for the help...I went ahead and bought new.
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As cheap as I am I hate to buy anything new, but these fittings can hide damage. I would say just buy some new ones
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By the way, here's where the PEX remover comes in most handy. I have a joint I need to redo, I don't have enough pipe or fittings to finish the job, and the store is closed or too far away or I don't have time right now. I reuse the fitting, then plan on getting back to it in a day or two with a fresh one.

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