Can you use PEX fittings on wirsbo pipe?

Asked By: Leonore Kleinhaus | Last Updated: 22nd March, 2020
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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.

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Keeping this in view, is wirsbo a PEX?

This is a question we receive frequently at pexhouse.com and the short answer is the Wirsbo IS PEX! PEX is slang for “Crosslinked Polyethylene”, a popular type of plastic material used for plumbing and heating pipes all over the world. Wirsbo is simply one of many brand names of PEX in the market place.

Subsequently, question is, are PEX A and PEX B fittings interchangeable? Expansion style fittings can be used only with PEX-A tubing and are not compatible with other PEX tubing types. Unlike most other methods, PEX-AL-PEX connection method does not require a PEX tool.

Also, can you use crimp fittings on PEX A?

Crimp fittings require copper or stainless steel crimp rings and a PEX crimp or clamp tool. Crimp fittings are compatible with all types of PEX tubing, except for PEX-AL-PEX. Crimp fittings are preferred for many applications since they are widely available and are the most affordable.

How do you remove a wirsbo PEX fitting?

To remove a ProPEX ring, heat one side of it with a heat gun and cut through this portion with a utility knife. Be careful not to cut the tubing, as doing so could damage the fitting. Then work the ring off with pliers, being careful not to burn yourself on the hot part of the ring.

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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 White PEX OK for hot water?

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).

Can PEX water pipe be buried?

PEX tubing is approved for direct burial outdoors, a practice most often necessary when running a water supply line to a house. PEX, since it can expand, resists freezing more effectively than rigid pipe, but PEX can still burst if water freezes in a line. Embedding PEX in sand protects it from any rocks in the soil.

Can Uponor PEX be buried?

No, Uponor's PEX tubing and EP fittings contain no lead-level concerns. Are Uponor lead-free brass fittings approved for direct burial in soil? Yes, these fittings are approved for direct burial in soil and also replace our DZR brass fitting offering.

When did builders start using PEX pipe?


The ability to crosslink polyethylene was discovered about a half century ago; however, PEX, as a piping material, originated about 40 years ago. In the United States, PEX for radiant floor heating applications originated in the early 1980s; PEX plumbing applications became prevalent in the mid- to late-1990s.

What type of PEX is Uponor?

It is a flexible, durable, corrosion-resistant product that possesses distinctive properties that make it ideal for plumbing systems. 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.

Which PEX is best?

Most plumbing applications, especially those involving potable water, call for the use of non-oxygen barrier PEX, offered in several grades. PEX-A, which has the most flexible tubing and best freeze- and kink resistance, is ideal for use with kitchen and bath fixtures.

Does PEX sell Home Depot?

100 ft - PEX Pipe - Pipe - The Home Depot.

Which is better PEX crimp or clamp?

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 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.

Which is better PEX A or 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.

What size PEX should I use?

PEX tubes range in diameter from 3/8-inch to 1-inch for residential applications. For adequate water flow, it's a good idea to install 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch PEX for your main lines.

Is SharkBite PEX A or B?

SharkBite non oxygen barrier pipe is manufacture as PEX-B and SharkBite oxygen barrier pipe is manufactured as PEX-C.

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.

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.

Can you use SharkBite on PEX A?

SharkBite Universal brass push-to-connect fittings are compatible with PEX, Copper, CPVC, PE-RT and HDPE pipe. SharkBite fittings come with a PEX stiffener pre-loaded into the fitting for PEX, PE-RT and HDPE. The PEX stiffener does not need to be removed for Copper or CPVC applications.