Can you crimp PEX AL PEX?

Asked By: Shawna Kleinmond | Last Updated: 27th May, 2020
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The PEX Crimp System can be used with any standard ASTM size PEX pipe, with the exception of PEX-AL-PEX. The PEX Clamp Tool is compatible with PEX sizes ranging in size from 3/8" to 1". The PEX Crimp Tool can be purchased in kits that can handle 3/8" to 3/4" PEX or models dedicated to a single size of up to 1" PEX.

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Also asked, will SharkBite work on PEX AL PEX?

OmniGrip push fittings are fully compatible with SharkBite fittings and can fully replace the latter. They can be used with standard PEX, copper and CPVC pipe sizes.

Also Know, can you use PEX B fittings on PEX A? Crimping will work with Pex-A fittings but expansion fitting will not work with Pex-b fitting. You might work on your wording. https://www.pexuniverse.com/types-of-pex-fittings describes it well.

Accordingly, can you crimp PEX?

PEX Crimp Fittings Crimp fittings require copper or stainless steel crimp rings and a PEX crimp or clamp tool. Some manufacturers use O-rings on their metal fittings (manufactured to ASTM 2434 standards) to make the seal with the tubing. Crimp fittings are compatible with all types of PEX tubing, except for PEX-AL-PEX.

Why is PEX banned in California?

Church, executive director of the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association. Uponor Wirsbo said its PEX pipe was introduced in California in 1990 and that the product helps solve problems in areas with aggressive soil conditions that copper pipe cannot solve.

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Can I use blue PEX for hot water?

Color-Coded: Red PEX pipes can be used for hot water supply lines, blue PEX for cold water supply, and white for either hot or cold. These colors are just for your convenience. Plumbing code does not require the pipe color to match the type of water supply.

Do shark bites ever leak?

In general, SharkBite fittings only leak due to one of these reasons: The pipe was not properly deburred prior to installation. The pipe was not properly inserted. The pipe has scratches or debris on the outside that is preventing the O-ring from getting a watertight seal.

Do SharkBite fittings fail?

Are Sharkbite fittings prone to failure? Yes. But all fittings are when installed improperly.

Is PEX a better than PEX B?

PEX-A is the most flexible of all PEX tubing types, has little or no coil memory and gives installer an ability to repair kinks with a heat gun. First and foremost is a high rate of chemical leaching – from 50% to over 200% higher than PEX-B (2), which is a major concern for plumbing applications.

Can you bury PEX crimp rings?

A - Yes. Although the high temperature resistance of PEX makes it particularly suitable for hot and cold interior plumbing applications, it also makes an excellent underground water service piping. It can be installed using the same fittings recommended for copper tube sized SDR-9 polyethylene tubing.

Why is PEX plumbing bad?

PEX failures
Piping fails when the pipes are exposed to chlorine that is within the water, exposure to direct sunlight before its installation. Furthermore PEX pipe is vulnerable when it comes in contact with such solutions as petroleum products and oxygen. It can leach toxic chemicals from pipe material also.

Is PEX crimp or clamp better?

Crimping and clamping create equally reliable seals that will not leak when performed properly. Stainless steel clamp rings resist corrosion more effectively than copper crimp rings, which can be a major benefit in direct-burial applications. PEX clamps also tend to be easier to remove.

Do PEX fittings reduce water flow?


Pex/plastic pipe have higher flow rates than copper. However pex fittings ID (inside diameter) is smaller than the pipe of the same size, so it actually does impede water flow.

Can I crimp wirsbo PEX?

Can I use regular pex fittings and crimp rings with Wirsbo? Yes you can. as long as the pipe and fittings are SDR9, they are all compatible. the crimp rings and the crimping tool must be the same manufacturer.

How do you cut PEX?

Use a utility knife to make minor cuts in a pinch.
While a utility knife is not the ideal choice for cutting PEX tubing, it may be used in an emergency. Hold the knife perpendicular to the piping and insert the tip of the blade into the middle. Pull the blade downwards to cut through the piping halfway.

What is the best brand of PEX tubing?

The Engel method or PEX-A is known as the best type of PEX due to its exceeding that of all international standards set for performance. For example, Sharkbite invented a push-fit fitting which utilizes the consumer to connect PEX tubing without the need for any tools.

What type of PEX should I use?

Red PEX pipe carries hot water. Blue PEX pipe carries cold water. White PEX pipe can be used for either hot or cold water. Gray PEX pipe, like white, can be used for either hot or cold water (although not all DIY centers carry gray).

Which is better PEX or copper?


PEX doesn't degrade like copper, higher PSI rating freezing pipes will still burst, but PEX will be able to handle more freezing water than copper. PEX Tubing is much more resistant to freeze-breakage than copper or rigid plastic pipe. PEX is cheaper/easier to install and you generally don't need as many fittings.

Can you use brass compression fittings on PEX?

Q: Can I use compression fittings with PEX/poly pipe? A: In general, we do not recommend using compression fittings on larger plastic pipe sizes (3/8" CTS or 1/2" OD and over) and instead would suggest using either brass (or plastic) push fittings, or brass/poly PEX fittings (for PEX pipe) where possible.

Are there different grades of PEX pipe?

There are three different types of PEX tubing: PEX-a, PEX-b and PEX-c. Uponor manufactures PEX-a tubing, which is considered the superior type of PEX in the industry because the crosslinking is done during the manufacturing process when polyethylene is in its amorphic state (above the crystalline melting point).