Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 5
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dannman57 Best One Out There
Versatile but plastic construction appears potentially a bit weak. I have only energized 2 stations of 16, but so far, so good. Very easy to attach PEX, and the valves all are water tight so far. In partial operation x 1 mo so far during a major remodel. A bit pricey for the construction but best option out there.
August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Grandma Best Purchase
This unit made it very easy to remodel and update our water lines. Good bye PVC. We would recommend it to anyone remodeling or even on a new build.
March 10, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by RESI This product is made of cheap plastic and we couldn't get it to stop leaking
Upon installation of this product and putting water on the system, 4 out of the 16 valve connections were leaking and we couldn't get them to stop. We didn't want to tighten the connections more for fear of breaking the cheap plastic. We ended up removing the manifold and making our own system out of the all-copper manifolds that are available. I would avoid purchasing this product.
March 28, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by joe2011 not built to last
I returned this item because I did not fill like it would last
October 29, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lilrabbit Complete Kit, Well Made, Easy to Install
Plumbing has always been my least favorite of the tasks in a remodeling project, but so far, I am having fun. This well made manifold is well worth the money and has made the plumbing project easy and relatively fun.
Unfortunately my house is suffering from old, poorly installed, and now leaking copper piping. After years of believing that copper pipe is the only way to go, I find myself living in a place where apparently the water attacks copper. Who knew? I wonder what it is doing to my stomach?
Anyway, I am in the process of slowly replacing all of the copper pipe with PEX, and with this manifold at the heart of the system, the job has been easy so far. I used Shark Bite "tees" to cut the manifold into the existing system in my utility closet, right at the water heater. I then began running "home runs" from the manifold to each plumbing fixture in the house.
I started with the fixtures furthest from the manifold. As I complete each portion of the new runs, I am able to cut out the old copper pipe and cap off the old system using a couple of Shark Bite caps which I discovered can be easily removed and re-installed.
This manifold and the Shark Bite caps allow me to do one or two fixtures at a time while only disrupting the water to the rest of the house for a couple of minutes. This means I have been able to work on the project for a few hours each weekend as time permits. I have not had to shut down the house and do the entire job in an exhausting marathon. I am slowly and carefully working back toward the meter, cutting out the old copper and taking it in for recycling as I go.
My only frustration with this manifold was that the product description was a bit sparse. It does comes complete with adapters to connect to 3/4 Pex supply lines. There are, as expected, 16 stop-cocks, and there are also four caps that can be used to cap off unused ports.
The package included a couple of brass bushings and some O-rings. There was no obvious place to install the bushings or O-rings and since everything is working fine and there are no leaks, I cannot fathom their purpose. It would have been nice if the manufacturer had included a description of the included parts and their purpose, although mostly this is obvious.
I will end up using all 16 ports when the project is done, so I installed all of the stop-cocks and then wrapped each unused one with plastic wrap and a couple of turns of electrical tape to keep them free of debris while work is pending. I don't know if this is necessary, but it may be another two years before I completely finish the project, so I thought this would be safer.
The individual stop-cocks can be connected to the manifold either before, or after you connect them to the home run lines. This is nice for me because I will need to relocate my manifold when I complete the last phase of my project.
The last phase will be the replacement and relocation of the hot water heater in a new utility room and running a new main supply line back to the inlet and main shut-off. To facilitate this, I added an extra ten feet of PEX to each home run. It will be easy to shorten this up once I relocate the manifold.
I am looking forward to a neat, clean and well labeled plumbing system once all is done.
April 17, 2012