Rated 4.6 out of 5Â by 52
Rated 4 out of 5Â by jek1 So far, so good
I removed all the copper from our home and replaced it with about 150 feet of PEX (3/4" and 1/2"). Making connections with shark-bite fittings is much more difficult than sliding the shark-bites onto copper. Removing the fittings from PEX is also much more difficult. The thicker PEX tube has to be perfectly aligned with the shark-bite fitting, whereas with copper you have a little more leeway in tight spaces. I got around this by filing a very small portion of the PEX around the inner and outer portion of the tube. The shark-bites slide over the initial tube opening much easier this way, and then more force can drive the pipe and fitting together completely. No leaks so far. It's been 4 weeks. Water pressure at all the sinks and showers has not changed after installing all of this PEX. I was worried PEX lines would carry less water if I were to use crimp fittings but by using the shark bites, which do not narrow the pipe as much as crimp fittings do, we have good water flow (for both hot and cold). If this holds up for a year, I would give this 5 stars but after such a short time, I give it a 4 so far. The price was good. The entire replacement cost was about $300 (pipe and fittings), and the salvage yard paid $110 for the old copper. Again, PEX durability is uncertain, so I don't know if cheap equals good. (I kept a few feet of copper pipe near the water heater because I was worried heat exposure of the PEX near the exhaust would cause aging/cracking of the PEX. I kept the PEX at least a foot away from the heat vent and put insulation over the PEX - even the cold line - to help reduce exposure to any excessive heat.)
June 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Zurina Using PEX Pipe to make some Hula Hoops!
It works but I'm afraid we need 3/4" of PEX pipe to get the hoops we want [:
December 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by believer007 great product - install tips...
I purchased this to replace my 1/2" copper lines to install a water softener. Our home has a 3/4" service coming in, but back in the 50's, they thought that it was a good idea to run everything in half inch. Since I had to make a 35' run just to feed the water softener, I thought that I'd replace all the copper with pex and SharkBites. Project went smooth as silk.
DO NOT cut off the outside plastic from the roll of tubing - simply cut the center of the plastic out on ONE side, and then the plastic bands. Find the end of the pipe in the CENTER of the coil, and feed the pipe from there. This way when you feed the new pipe, the coil can simply spin and un-wind as you pull, and the rest of your pipe stays clean.
Pipe CAN be straightened, and has a remarkably low "memory" - meaning that when you bend the pipe in the opposite direction of the natural coil curve, it does not want to immediately snap back to that shape. It will try to return to that shape, but VERY slowly, which allows you to complete your install.
If you have places where you need to make long runs, a small piece of blue masking tape can be placed over the end of the pipe to keep debris out.
April 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MisterB My first use of PEX
I hadn't used any PEX until my water heater install. It was pretty easy to use. I ran it from where the old water heater had been, up to the attic where I installed the new one. I will be using this stuff in the future.
May 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by PPSSJC Very good
Fast & easy to use.The Pex tubing eliminates many fittings also. The SharkBite fittings used with Pex tubing is also much safer than sweating copper.
April 10, 2012