PEX pipe and propex pipe connections (which is better?)


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Old 06-24-16, 07:54 PM
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PEX pipe and propex pipe connections (which is better?)

crimp rings or the propex connection with the propex expansion tool. which is better? I'm having trouble finding the propex rings at home depot and lowes. Thanks
 
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Old 06-24-16, 08:00 PM
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Try a real hardware store or a plumbing supply.
 
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Old 06-24-16, 08:04 PM
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Thx ray. I will try Monday. I really think I want to use the propex stuff with the expander tool. Seems like a really good connection. I don't know anyone thats used these types of connections. Do you have an opinion on either type?
 
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Old 06-24-16, 08:31 PM
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I've been using propex for 5 or more years and love it. I am almost always doing retrofitting and remodeling rather than new work so working in tight spaces is the norm, and it's so much easier to expand the tube and ring out in the open than it is trying to maneuver a big crimp tool in tight area.

In my area, Menards carries the Sioux chief propex stuff, but normally I buy Wirsbo online as Menards is not close.

It is kind of a pain that it is not as widely available as the various crimp systems. The other downside is that if you buy, say, a frostproof sillcock with PEX fittings at a Big Box, it won't be compatible with Propex. Almost anything you need is available with compatible fittings, but it will be harder to find and cost more.

Ditto with the tubing...most big box tubing is not PEX-A and is therefore not compatible with expansion.

Nevertheless, if I was choosing a system all over again, I would still go propex.
 
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Old 06-24-16, 08:40 PM
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CarbideTipped. Thx I found an online site. supplyhouse that seems to have everything in stock. If I cant find what I need i might order from those guys.. Thx again
It's funny your nickname is carbidetipped. I worked in a manufacturing plant for several years in the 80's thru the 90's making tungsten carbide parts..
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Old 06-25-16, 07:35 PM
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For what it's worth, all my PEX work has been with the copper crimp rings and I've been 100% happy with them. Other than the occasional forgetting to crimp a connection (total user error), I haven't run into any issues.

I think either solution works well and is quite reliable.
 
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Old 06-26-16, 07:34 PM
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Thanks Zorfdt
I'm looking for real user input.
I think I will use either system but I really like the idea of the expand and shrink to fit system. I will try this week.
 
 

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