If you are looking for an easy plumbing repair or do-it-yourself plumbing tips and guidance on how to fix plumbing problems yourself, then read this Can I Install PEX Pipe Guide before you plunge into the project. A PEX pipe is the newest technology in plumbing due to its light weight and pliable nature. A PEX pipe is very similar to that of an aluminum pipe except for the fact that it is much more resistant to corrosion. With a PEX pipe, you will also be able to install PEX plumbing fixtures, provide just like you do with aluminum pipes, with different branch lines and main lines all to each pipe. But you lose so much of the advantages of PEX with that method because it needs so many more plumbing fixtures.
If you decide to use PEX pipes, you need to make sure you have the right PEX fittings to fit them. The right fittings make it more durable and resistant against temperature changes. PEX pipes are not only used for drinking water, but they are also found in cooling and heating systems. They can resist extreme temperature changes, which makes it suitable for places which experience extreme weather conditions like cold and heat. It is not at all difficult to install PEX plumbing fixtures since they come in different sizes.
To start out, you will need copper pipes. These plumbing fittings are lightweight, durable and have an attractive look. You can find copper pipes in various shapes and sizes and even made from different metals – bronze, iron and brass. And they all serve the same purpose. Copper is the perfect material if you want to create an economical and reliable plumbing system.
However, installing PEX can be quite a challenging task for someone who is not familiar with plumbing tools and techniques. Unless you purchase a guide that will teach you how to install PEX plumbing, you will not know what you are doing. A good plumbing guide should contain all the necessary information as well as tutorials that will help you achieve a professional looking outcome without jeopardizing your health. Here are some of the things that a good plumbing guide should contain:
o A step-by-step tutorial on how to install PEX pipes using a flexible copper tubing or PVC pipe. o A list of materials that you will need such as PVC pipes, sealant, flexible cable, plumbing clamps and gloves. o A detailed instructional guide on how to prepare PEX pipes for installation
o A list of equipment that you will need including: plumbing snake, plumbing drill, a propane torch, gloves, water pump, marking tape, connectors and fittings. o Instructions on how to properly weld the PEX tubing to create sturdy joints. o Tips on how to apply PEX tape to joint PEX joints. o A list of precautions that you need to observe while working with PEX. o A handy guide on how to safely work around power lines and cables
If you decide to do it yourself, then you will also need the following tools: A can opener, a propane torch, a bucket, a pair pliers, an adjustable wrench set, and non-metallic cleaners. A word of caution though, due to the corrosive properties of copper, one should never use PEX tubing on bare metal objects such as screws, nails or staples. Additionally, PEX tubing should never be connected to metal piping that contains zinc. Furthermore, you should never use a Pex fitting in a plumbing system that is already corroded because the fittings can actually corrode the piping.
Now, onto the job at hand. Take your newly purchased PEX tubing and lay it down in the drain and set the torch down inside the pipe. Once the tube is in place, use the propane torch to heat up the ends of the tubing and apply pressure until both ends are welded to the drain. Once both sides have been welded, you can proceed to the next step which is to check for leaks.