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Pexcrimpingtools.com is dedicated to educating the “do it yourselfer” and contractor about working with pex. In particular, we educate about the various tools needed to do an effective and cost efficient pex plumbing job.

Pex has been around for over 40 years and has predominately been used in Europe but has made it’s way over to the United States and other countries. It is now very common to use amongst plumbing professionals due to it’s flexibility, ease of use and cost effectiveness.

Pex is an acronym for crosslinked polyethylene. It is a long lasting material and does not have the downsides associated with galvanized pipe and copper. The back breaking days of sweating pipe or lugging heavy pipe wrenches are over with pex. A tube, a fitting, a manifold, connectors, pex cutting tool, a go no go gauge and a pex crimping tool is all you need to get started.

There are so many positives to working with pex.
1. Cost less than copper. (In rental properties, a lot of copper is being stolen
because of the material value).
2. Can freeze and in most cases will not burst unlike copper. There is nothing
worst than to come home to a flooded home in the winter time!
3. It installs quickly which lowers overall plumbing installation cost. There are
fewer fittings and can easily to run around and through obstacles thus
lowering labor costs.
4. Pex helps reduce maintenance and repair cost by the use of manifolds (which
we will talk about later). Manifolds are corrosion resistant and in one place so
that the plumber can isolate problems with any lines going through the house.
A leak in a line can be recrimped at the fitting or the tube cut out and replaced
very simply.
5. Can be used in hydronic heating systems because it can be used up to 200
degrees farenheit.
6. Pex pipe helps reduce heat loss and improves thermal conductiveness
versus metallic pipe. In certain instances, using pex allows for use of less
energy by the water heater because of the shorter time it takes for hot water
to be delivered to the end user.

All in all, pex has a great many positives associated with it and very little negatives. In the following pages, you will learn about the different methods of joining pex, the various tools needed and the types of pex tubing available to get your plumbing jobs done correctly.