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Question DetailsAsked on 5/30/2011

Pex Piping or copper?

I am re-piping my home, eliminating all the galvanized pipe. I am thinking about using Pex piping instead of all copper. Does anybody have any experience with this?

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Hi smketer,

Pex is a common piping. While we don't offer product ratings on Angie's List, our members do rate plumbers. I would suggest you call at least three highly rated plumbers on Angie's List in your area to get their thoughts on Pex over copper.

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Paul from Angie's List

Answered 7 years ago by Paul from Angie's List

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I personally , LOVE Copper , but , it is expensive , hard to work with , Labor Intensive , and require's a lot more planning . Copper has microbial propertires that kill germs and it is long lasting .


PEX , an oil base or laboratorially synthesized chemically created product , while not inexpensive , IS Cheaper then copper . It is very pliable and it bends to almost any practical angle and it resists kinking , which means routing through a tite place is more easily accomplished.

The fittings require attention when installing , but require no special prepation to assemble like copper . One must be certain to connect the fittings with considerable pressure to ensure the sealing of the fitting seat or they leak ! Conversly , while working with PEX , it is easily dissassembled ,and Reused, both pipe & fittings , as the line is constructed .

Users of PEX are cautioned about storing or exposing PEX products to continuous Sunlight, there appears to be an issue with UV exposure.

NO Open Flame is NOT required for construction or assembly which negates the need for torches !

Answered 4 years ago by BentheBuilder




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