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diditforme 11-18-2010 01:02 PM

Working with pex
 
I know this sounds lame, but I just bought a coil of pex tubing and am having difficulty 'unwinding' it to get it straight enough to use. Any suggestions?

braindead 11-18-2010 05:28 PM

This is a picture of a pex unwinder, you might be better off trying to make one,they are not cheap.:whistling2:






http://www.watts.com/prod_images/PexUnwinder.jpg

Lockeset 11-18-2010 05:31 PM

That looks a lot like a romex or BX unwinder. They are sometimes expensive but you can find them cheap. A lot of electrician make their own.

immeraufdemhund 11-18-2010 05:53 PM

We would drill a hole big enough for a small piece of all thread (or if it was steel studs just put a piece of all thread in one of the open spots) and put the roll in their. Then when we pulled on it we would bend it backwards to straighten it a little. It was almost impossible to do when it's cold though. Good luck with it.

Homerepairguy 11-18-2010 07:44 PM

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Originally Posted by diditforme (Post 536408)
I know this sounds lame, but I just bought a coil of pex tubing and am having difficulty 'unwinding' it to get it straight enough to use. Any suggestions?

I've read where one guy secured one end of the pex tubing, unrolled the tubing using one arm as an axle and let it sit in the sun for a while to let it straighten out. Then it was easier to install.

FWIW, that's what I plan to do when I install our pex lines. I have a 2' length of 3" ABS pipe and will stick a 3/4" galvanized pipe through it. My friend and I will each hold one side of the pipe and unroll the amount of pex to be installed. Let the sun help straighten it out and then run it through the attic. That's my plan anyway but have yet to see how it works.

Don't know if you will have any hot sunny days where you're at this time of year but if so, maybe this idea will help you out.

HRG

NHMaster 11-18-2010 09:54 PM

Leave it out in the sun for a couple of months. that will soften it up:whistling2:

the_man 11-18-2010 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by NHMaster (Post 536687)
Leave it out in the sun for a couple of months. that will soften it up:whistling2:

great advice from pex's #1 fan!!:thumbup::thumbup::rockon:

immeraufdemhund 11-19-2010 07:10 AM

meh, just rub some spf 50 on it, it will be good...

plumber666 11-19-2010 08:51 AM

Always ends up being a 2 man job. One pulls the pipe while the other rolls the whole coil and spools it out slowly. Sucks.


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