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PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) is a flexible plastic pipe that has gained popularity due it being cheaper (and often easier) than copper or PVC. Use for questions about working with the pipe, and use with the [plumbing] tag

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Burying PEX Pipe in the ground

Question Do I have to protect PEX pipe that is buried in the ground? If so, how? Do I have to protect PEX pipe fittings buried in the ground? If so, how? This PEX pipe and insulation will be buried ...
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Water feed pipe diameter: is 1/2" OK?

The 3/4" water feed in a slab has a leak. A proposed bypass includes a 1/2 inch PEX, run through the ceiling. Why should a 1/2 inch PEX be used to bypass and not a 3/4 inch? Assume that the ...
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Threaded Brass adapter leak

A pair of adapters is bridging CPVC to PEX. The pair is coupled through threaded brass: PTFE Teflon tape was applied. There is a very slight leak in the brass threading. Any suggestions remedy the ...
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PEX Outdoor UV Protection

PEX must be protected from UV A Florida bypass will require 20 feet of pipe be outdoors: it is in a rectangular tunnel, where it is mounted to concrete overhead, but sunlight illuminates the ...
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PEX / CPVC leak-test

The leak check includes a visual self-inspection of each end of a pressurized new PEX pipe. The PEX is to be piped into existing CPVC: the plan is to leak-check every 12 hours. How many days should ...
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PEX minimum radius of curvature

The photographed PEX radius of curvature is approximately 2 feet. What is a reasonable curvature for PEX piping? What is the minimum RoC? I ask because if I can avoid using a 90 degree shark bite, ...
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Can you use PEX for venting?

Is there such an option as using PEX for an 1-1/2 vent ? I have a stretch where I need some flexibility for my pipe which is going to be difficult to achieve with copper or ABS. this is related to ...
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What is the minimum thickness of concrete above hydronic heating pex

I am doing a diy hydronic heating system in a house I bought in the mountains. For the main part of the house I am using 3/4" x 9" strips of plywood with spacing for the tracks of the 1/2&...
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Temporarily cap PEX pipe while laying new flooring?

I am remodeling a bathroom. We’re going to lay new tile and replace a vanity. This requires removing the toilet and old vanity. In order to remove the old vanity I need to cut the PEX piping attached ...
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Adding a second shower head from 1/2" PEX

I want to add a second shower head in our shower. Ideally both heads would be controlled by their own temperature and pressure valves. I do not want to run any new lines from the manifold however. We ...
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Plumbing re-routed through attic

We recently had a leak under our slab foundation and ended up going with rerouting the plumbing through our attic. After it was done, we have noticed that there is now a distinct odor (of the PEX ...
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Can I run PEX water lines/PVC drain pipe in “warm” side of insulated exterior wall?

I want to re-plumb the PEX water lines + drain supply line in my laundry room. The back wall of the laundry is an exterior wall with standard fiberglass insulation. Currently, the water lines to the ...
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Outside garden hose bib plumbing - 1/2“ or 3/4”'pex

I recently renovated and I now want to setup an outside garden hose. I can either hook it up to the 1/2" PEX or the 3/4" PEX. I have 3/4" PEX coming from main water entry to my water ...
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Uneven copper bellow threading when replacing copper pipes with PEX

I had a water leak behind my shower and found that it was leaking through the soldering of a copper pipe. There's a threaded male connected and the copper pipe was going inside of it and sealed with ...
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What's the difference (if any) between these two types of PEX-to-copper fittings?

There are two kinds of similar fittings to transition from copper pipe to PEX tubing. Here's an example: The first is made from copper and looks to be "formed" ie bent / pressed into shape in a mold. ...
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How close can pex tubing be to a boiler?

I am adding radiators to my 2-pipe central heating (UK). The whole piping is copper 22mm and microbore, and I'm extending it with 15mm pex barrier pipe graded for central heating. I know that the ...
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attaching a coupling to copper pipe very close to wood

I have a copper pipe connected to a pex pipe by a leaking sharkbite fitting. I'd like to replace the sharkbite fitting with something more permanent. However I'm not sure if it's safe to use a ...
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Electrical Bonding of Service Panel After PEX Replacement of Galvanized Pipes

My house was built in 1929 and has gone through many rounds of plumbing/electrical upgrades over the years. I am replacing the galvanized pipes with PEX and I'm confident that I have planned ...
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How do you finish a valve when using pex pipes

I'm doing all of my work with expansion PEX. I'm a little puzzled about how to finish the valves where the toilets and sinks connect. Are you supposed to just leave the plastic visible where the valve ...
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Replacing polybutylene pipe to add a new outdoor spigot (freeze proof sillcock)

I need to replace the entire outdoor spigot (sillcock), the shutoff valve that goes with it (because it is old and leaking), and some polybutylene pipe in the process. I have included several photos ...
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Attaching 1/2" PEX swivel elbows to shower valve body

I have a shower valve body that has two outputs to main shower head/sprayer and also an overhead rain shower head. The problem is that the outputs are 1/2" MIP and they are close together...too close ...
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Threading cable through existing pex-like tubing

My apartment (top floor) has runs of 3/4" (-ish) pex-like tubing (photo attached, Switzerland if it's relevant) running from a central point. One such tube carries an existing coaxial cable (landlord ...
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Well Pump Setup: Best Materials to Use for Pipes

I live in Southwest Florida, and we have well water. I am in the process of redoing our whole well input plumbing setup and wondering about the best materials to use. This is what I'm proposing as a ...
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Water flow/pressure drop

When I was installing a tankless water heater in a new location - I decided to replace my 1/2 copper with 3/4 pex as part of the project. However, after turning on the water back on if more than one ...
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Can the drain pipes in my kitchen soffit be relocated into the wall?

I'm in planning stages for a major kitchen remodel. Home built in 1984 with PEX plumbing, all electric, etc. We would like to demo the kitchen soffit (bulkhead) to make the ceiling level and install ...
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PEX pipe burst: what else needs to be fixed to prevent it happening again?

I'm a renter in NYC and our 4-story building has recently-installed (within the last 8 years) baseboard hydronic heat. All of the tubing is PEX, except for from the boiler itself (as required by code) ...
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Can I replace hydronic water boiler return pipes with pex?

My house was built in the 1920s, the heating source was a hot water/radiator system. Originally the basement was probably used only for a coal furnace (we have the drop-off door that the coal guy used ...
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PVC ring Shut off valve? [duplicate]

I just bought a house built in 1984 it has PEX plumbing. I need to remove a toilet to install a new floor and I noticed the water supply line to the toilet connects to a water shut off valve that I’ve ...
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PEX Line Toilet Water Supply Disconnect

I just bought a house built in 1984 it has PEX plumbing. I need to remove a toilet to install a new floor and I noticed the water supply line to the toilet connects to a water shut off valve that I’ve ...
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Installing Smart Water Monitor/Valve

We recently moved into a new home and have been blessed with sloppy plumbing and high water pressure. The whole home is copper and since moving we have had 3 leaks in various joints. I'm no expert but ...
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Inaccessible outdoor PEX piping lost its insulation - what to do?

We have an outdoor counter and sink, and a family of squirrels decided that it was a good place to live. Unfortunately they ripped off a good portion of the PEX piping insulation. (Pretty sure it's ...
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Is it a problem to have PEX manifold outlets adapted from 1/2 to 3/4?

A contractor has installed my 3/4 inlet, 1/2 outlet manifold using 3/4 tubing on the outlets. He used a few inches of 1/2 pex to connect the outlet tubes to the manifold. This seems odd, but I’m not ...
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Installing PEX pipes close to heating vents

We are renovating all the bathrooms in our house that was built in the early 70s. The plumber has replaced most of the copper pipes with PEX tubing. He has not replaced copper entirely and has ...
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PEX repipe and hot water issues

We just repiped out 45 yrs old house with PEX and the whole process was very smooth and I’m glad we did this. I knew the water pressure would change going from 90 psi water pressure to I don’t know ...
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Any differences between Apollo PEX-B and Sharkbite PEX-B - Need to Run through Wooden Studs

I noticed that near me, HD carries Apollo PEX-B and Lowe's sells Sharkbite PEX-B. Are there any differences between these two in terms of flexibility, durability, etc? I wasn't sure if one brand was ...
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Would Replacing an Existing 3/4“ Water Main Line with 1” Improve Overall Volume/Flow to House (GPM)

After my own inspection and talking to the utility company I have the following: The meter (near the road) is 5/8" x 3/4". From what the water company told me - this is the most commonly installed ...
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Installing Spigot Upside Down and Close to Ground

I live in a trailer and am debating attempting to put a hose outside/on the side. A few considerations: I have no plumbing experience It gets -40 where I live in the Winter I have read great things ...
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How crooked can you crimp pex rings?

I had to add a supply valve for my refrigerator in my house. It's my first time working with pex. I added some Pex B to my existing Viega cold water line and used copper crimp rings with the ...
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Is PEX very susceptible to damage from rats/rodents?

A friend of mine wants to re-plumb his house. The neighborhood has recurring issues with rats. I heard rats like to (as in "seek out opportunities to") chew through and damage PEX plumbing, whether ...
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What should happen with plumbing ground connections when converting to Pex?

My house is being re-piped by replacing all of the copper with PEX starting at the water service entrance. I'm on a well which is 150' from the house and the service line is CPVC. Currently, there is ...
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Tapping into existing 3/4“ supply and 3” drain to add washer

I understand there are a lot of variables to something like this, so I'm going to try to provide enough detail that people can at least understand the question here: I have a washer/dryer I'd like to ...
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3/4“ PEX fittings less than 3/4”?

I have some plumbing that has been done in 3/4" PEX and the 90-degree brass elbow fittings that connect the lengths of tubing fit inside the tubing, so I don't see how these elbow fittings could ...
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PEX: Is it worth replacing crimps with push connections?

I happened upon a question about PEX tubing last week here and in it there was some discussion about how push connections are superior. (If someone can point me to that question, I'd appreciate it.) ...
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What is the recommended method of insulating PEX piping?

During the winter chill here in DC, one of my pex pipes that is not insulated and basically exposed to the elements cracked. I blame the contractors who didn't insulate and finish the job, literally ...
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Connecting new Pex water line to 20 yr old Pex

I'm preparing to connect new 1” Pex water line from well to 20 yr old house, that is also Pex piping. I plan to either use copper crimp rings or shark bite clamp fittings. My question is, could there ...
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Does 3/4” pex supply enough water for a house

Will 3/4” pex with an inside diameter of .68 inches have enough capacity to supply a 3/4” manifold with 1/2” supply lines to a bathtub, washer and toilet and sink with no pressure drop? I plan on ...
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Can you re-crimp the end of a PEX tube?

If you take apart an existing PEX connection, is it going to perform correctly if you re-crimp the same end of the tube - without cutting it - to a new fitting? Often with PEX you can flex it a bit ...
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Should I replace 3/4“ and 1/2” galvanized pipe with the same sizes of pex?

So I am about to replumb my house. From the meter to my house is 3/4" 60 yr old galvanized pipe. Once it gets to the house it changed to 1/2" lines serving everything in the house. Example is a 1/2" ...
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Would increasing pipe size just after the meter give better flow without increasing pressure too much?

I have a wife and 5 kids. Three of them are teenage girls, which means I hardly ever get a chance to shower. I wanted to put in a second bathroom to help fix this. I spoke with some local plumbers and ...
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Pex bend supports keep breaking

I've used PEX bend supports in the ½" size before which worked great, but trying to use them for ¾" has been difficult. Regardless of the method I've tried, the plastic ones keep snapping. Using the ...