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Old 11-18-2010, 01:02 PM   #1
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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?

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







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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.
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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.
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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.

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Leave it out in the sun for a couple of months. that will soften it up
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Leave it out in the sun for a couple of months. that will soften it up
great advice from pex's #1 fan!!
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meh, just rub some spf 50 on it, it will be good...
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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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