no tool required for pex installation?


Old 02-24-11, 05:44 PM
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no tool required for pex installation?

We are doing a major remodel that includes replacing all of our water lines which are old corroded galvanized plumbing. We did lots of research on the subject and decided to go with pex and the expansion fitting method. We mentioned our plan to a friend and he said that when plumbers came to fix a leak in his radiant heat line they installed the repair with no tools; that we should use this method for all of our plumbing. I suggested that they probably used something like "sharkbite" fittings which are okay for repairs, but expensive and maybe not code for doing all of one's plumbing. Is there a new, no-tool method for installing pex plumbing? Thanks. (P.S. I read several of the threads here on pex plumbing and found them informative - thanks for being here guys.)
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Old 02-24-11, 06:33 PM
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You can use sharkbites, but man what a cost factor. The expansion method for pex type piping is expensive in just the tooling alone. Please don't try to shortcut this job. Buy the tool to do the job with $65-85, and use the crimp rings. It's too easy to do something right, and such a PITA to do it over again.

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