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Old 07-06-2011, 06:35 PM   #1
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Keep old copper plumbing?

hi should I keep my old copper until I am ready to install pex in case I have any questions as to bends and fittings? I have done quite a bit of plumbing but I am clueless when it comes to pex. I have been told right now is a good time to take copper to the recycling center! The copper LP lines are a different beast for me bc I need to learn to bend the lines, but I think it will not be to difficult. Any opinions greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Old 07-06-2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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Benny here is a link to the tool I bought to bend the copper lines for the propane gas system. It's not hard to do but careful planing and measuring is needed to get the bend exactly where you want it.
Tube Bender, 1/4, 3/16, 3/8 and 1/2 In Cap - Tubing Benders - Plumbing Tools - 3KE42 : Grainger Industrial Supply

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Old 07-06-2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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Forget the copper prices you should keep the old copper as a pattern and if there are just a few leaks fix them.

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Old 07-06-2011, 07:14 PM   #4
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Find where ever your splits, cut them out and connect them with shark bite fittings. Very easy.

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Old 07-06-2011, 07:17 PM   #5
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Gas or water? PEX is terrific for H20 systems...I have little experience with it (or it's relatives for use with Propane) use the old as a pattern and you should be fine...
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:29 PM   #6
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I've never seen a mouse chew through a copper line, can't say the same for a plastic one!

I'll go with copper all day long.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:57 PM   #7
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Our 65 Safari has all the original copper lines with a few fixes here and there. Still going strong.

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Old 07-06-2011, 08:46 PM   #8
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PEX is the material of choice when replacing large runs or whole systems. It's easy to work with (after a fashion) and won't freeze and burst (though the fittings can). There are a number of ways to make connections i.e. crimping, expansion, sharkbites, etc., all of which involve a learning curve. Connections from PEX to existing fixtures can sometimes be challenging but can be done. Unless you're a master plumber and fastidious winterizer, PEX is the way to go. That being said, there's no reason to replace an operating copper system for it's scrap value. IMHO
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:54 PM   #9
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PEX is wonderful. I have done copper for years, PEX is so easy, even a caveman can do it. There are some tricks. But nothing Home Depot or Lowes can not fix.

There are PEX fitting that will go from PEX to Copper.

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