How to Install PEX Manifolds
PEX manifolds are made to be easy to install. You will find that they are flexible plastic piping. You will be able to bend them however you need during installation without worrying about whether or not they will break. Being able to install your own PEX manifold will help you to save a lot of on labor costs. You will also be able to get a good idea of the inner workings of PEX manifolds. This will help you to know what to look for if something goes wrong and how to fix it. You will find that whenever you are working with PEX piping, there are a lot of benefits that will come up. You will not have to worry about noisy pipes and can typically last a lot longer.
Step 1 – Location
The location of the manifold is something that is very important. You will find that it usually will go really close to the water heater. You will do this so that you will not have to worry about any supply runs being very long. You will also be able to have your manifold in a location that will be easy to access should you ever need to. Typically somewhere like a basement wall or a service closet is a good location. It is a good idea to know where you want the manifold to be before you begin installation.
Step 2 – Installation
The PEX plastic pipes will easily slide over each of the fittings. Once they have been slid over, you will get a metal collar crimped to the seal of your connection. Make sure that the shutoff valves that you install are built into each of the ports so that you can get individual control over each of the lines. You will also be able to have control over the flow of your individual fixtures.
Step 3 – Fittings
You will be able to get your PEX plastic piping installed using just 2 fittings for each of the lines. You will put 1 fitting right where you manifold is and the other will go where the transition fitting is at your fixture. You will use a single length of your PEX piping. This piping will be able to run directly from your manifold and go through any of the obstacles.
Step 4 – PEX Pipe
You will get the PEX pipe pulled from your manifold location. The PEX pipe can be pulled a lot like a wire. You will pull it from your manifold location all the way to the fixture locations. Once you have done that you will be able to get your pipe secured. You will need to secure it with clips and then cut it. Make sure that you have the pipes completely secured before you attempt to cut them. Whenever they are cut, they will need to be measured carefully and you will need to make sure that you cut them straight.