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Old 06-09-2009, 11:55 AM   #21
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I replumbed my new water heater manifold tree with PEX (my first experience with it) and I think it's the way to go. It's freeze tolerant to a greater degree than copper.

I used the crimp rings with the fittings and it was cheap and very easy. I was able to rent a crimper at Home Depot for $8/day. The only place I had a leak is in a location that I had a difficult time getting the crimpers into the proper position to crimp - and I redid it by cutting off the copper crimp ring with some end cutter pliers and recrimped a new one paying more attention to proper position before I crimped. A cheap plastic tubing slicer is also a good tool to have so that you don't mess up the PEX tubing sawing on it.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:06 AM   #22
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I've learned to sweat copper from YouTube and am under the mid-twin on the curbside this weekend to repair some questionable (and leaking) splices that were done at some point in Ohana's history. About $75 worth of gear and you're good to go on copper. I did treat myself to a MAP torch, but otherwise, the most expensive item is any copper pipe you buy. 3/8" IPS x 24" set me back $12. Oy!
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:05 AM   #23
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I like to work with copper and love soldering the joints. I would not and will not use copper in a Airstream trailer though. Pex is also a great product. $40 bucks for a crimper and you are all set to go. Spend another $12 up front and get the little cutter that makes nice, clean cuts.
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