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PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) plumbing systems are relatively new players in the world of plumbing, but are rapidly gaining acceptance by plumbers, homeowners and building code officials.
These systems consist of flexible tubing that's joined to specially designed fittings by way of compression fittings or a crimping tool. The tubing itself -- which can be used for hot and cold water lines as well as in-the-floor radiant heating systems -- is flexible, can be installed in long lengths with fewer joints, is freeze- break resistant and is relatively easy to install. Continuous "home run" lengths can be run from a central manifold to individual fixtures to further minimize the number of joints and connections.
It can't be used for outdoor, above-ground applications, its use hasn't been okayed in all jurisdictions and , though it's expected to last as long as copper, some will argue it hasn't with stood the test of time. There are several systems available; the one shown employs clamps and a crimping tool.
Left: Pipe types: Some systems offer the option of red tubing for hot water and blue tubing for cold water.
Manifold: The manifold allows for the installation of home runs from a central source to individual fixtures.
Fittings: A wide variety of male and female connectors, shutoff valves and elbows makes it easy to make connections to standard faucets and fixtures.
Elbow bracket: Helps ease the tubing around sharp corners.
Crimping tool: The crimping tool compresses the specially designed ring around the tubing and fittings.
1. Select the correct size clamp and slip it over the tubing.
|2. Slide the fitting into the tubing until it's fully seated.||3. Secure the clamp with the special crimping tool.|
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Review: Just began using this item for 1/2" PEX. I had to calibrate it out of the box, but that was simple. I had just one ring during my install that didn't 'feel' right when I crimped it and sure enough that was the only leaker I had. In other words, it's easy to get a feel for good/bad crimps with this easy to use tool once calibrated. Only complaint w/ the package is you get a "go" gauge, but not a "no-go" gauge like some other packages. It's 14" length can get you into trouble (but nice for the leverage it creates). I couldn't open up the tool wide enough when crimping a ring for a pedestal sink that was near the wall corner. Plan ahead and you can avoid this inconvenience.
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