PEX is also called cross-linked polyethylene which was first functional in US during the year 1960. It has gained a lot of attention of people and nowadays most people use it in their homes for both residential and commercial purposes. The main advantage of PEX plumbing is that it is considered to be the safest and easiest to install. PEX installation can be done either by a professional or you can do it by yourself. It can be molded or bended easily but by adding different chemicals, it can be toughened easily. It is popular these days and widely used for the purpose of plumbing in residential and commercial areas.
PEX tubing are made with the help of chemical reaction which make it extremely hard and resistible to extreme cold and hot temperatures. Installation of PEX is based upon the compression/crimp ring system. This system actually helps in creating extremely tight connections. With the help of this system, these connections are created to be leakage proof and permanent. There are different kinds of tools required to set up PEX pipes. Some of the tools may include utility knife, crimping tool, crimp fittings, tubing cutter, transition fittings, shutoff valves and copper manifolds.
Creating pipe connections
While creating a pipe connection, you need to cut and measure the tubing. Make sure not to create any burrs (that is why it is suggested to get a good cutting tool). You can cut precisely by using a good cutting tool. Improper or cheap tools often cause bad connections that may make you suffer later on. This information is provided for your knowledge. No matter whether you do it yourself or labor does it all, it is essential that you know such things. After that, place that crimp ring over piping. Now, insert that fitting in tubing to fit the shoulder. Then, you need to use crimping tool in order to compress the ring onto tubing. Make sure to keep an angle of 90 degrees and ensure a closed crimp ring.
It is essential to inspect joint work properly so that it is done correctly. There are several things which must be considered seriously. You need to consider proper crimp at each and every end of tube. Ensure that all the ribs must be covered properly. Crimp tool should be at an angle of 90 degrees and if not then it simply means that there is a dent in the pipe somewhere. So, it can be said that one needs to take special care for PEX pipe installation to get good results.