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Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by m II, Apr 22, 2005.

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  1. m II

    m II Guest

    Anyone have experience with the fittings for the pex-al-pex plumbing pipe? Are
    the compression type fittings worth the money or should I rent a crimper? This
    will be for a floor heating setup in the garage.

    I'd like to eventually connect it to a few solar heating panels. I have room for
    three or four hundred gallons worth of storage.

  2. Cosmopolite

    Cosmopolite Guest

    The fittings are good, but pricy. They are also reusable.
    I am using Kitec for house hydronic system and will try
    automotive heater hose and hose clamps for connections.
  3. m II

    m II Guest

    Thanks to all for the replies. The pipe was installed in one piece loops before
    the cement was poured, so I'm hoping things are still intact down there. I
    wasn't here when the cement guys did their job, so I don't know gentle they were.

    It was pointed out to me afterwards that I should have pressurized the piping
    BEFORE they poured, for an added bit of insurance. Live and learn. I will be
    getting the fittings this coming week end and will decide then...based on cost.
    Any fittings I get will be above grade, so it will be accessible later.
    The pressure test will have to wait until it's all bolted together.

    I'm tempted to use the compression fittings so I can make future alterations a
    bit easier.

  4. Bughunter

    Bughunter Guest

    The words gentle and "cement guys" just don't go together. If there is a way
    to bash, splash, bump, or trash something, a "cement guy" will find a way to
    do it. Concrete is not a "gentle art". It's seriously hard work, and the
    guys who practice it are rarely the gentle type.

    On the other hand, pex is a very rugged material. As long as it wasn't
    kinked, you will probably will have no problems at all. If you have
    continuous loops with no fittings, chances are that a pressure test would
    not have found any leaks anyway.

    If you leave a little extra slack in you pex lines, you can reconfigure
    crimped fittings by simply cutting them off. It's pretty easy to leave
    enough slack to replace the fitting once or twice before you need to make a

    my $.02
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