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Where to buy PEX tools and what brand for DIY

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Sep 23, 2019
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Where to buy PEX tools and what brand for DIY

I have an old cottage that needs some plumbing fixes. So I am considering getting PEX tools:
- crimper
- cutter
- ring removal
Any recommendations for the brand and where to buy if the tools will be used just occasionally?

Thanks!
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Jun 10, 2003
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Halifax
I picked up the 3/4 and 1/2 tool from princess auto on sale for $45 a month ago. Have used both sides and no issues at all, I love how easy it is. Biggest probelm is the tools size, if you are only doing 1/2" the tool wont fit into tighter spaces.
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Sorry I did not see that
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May 22, 2007
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cambridge
Instead of buying the tools rather get the pex shark bite fittings which just slide on, no crimping required. Much easier.
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macdonlg wrote: Instead of buying the tools rather get the pex shark bite fittings which just slide on, no crimping required. Much easier.
My plan is for a few 3/4 pipes use shark bite fittings, but for more common 1/2 pipes just get a cramp tool and all the much cheaper fittings.
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do not put sharkbites behind the wall
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macdonlg wrote: Instead of buying the tools rather get the pex shark bite fittings which just slide on, no crimping required. Much easier.
i don't remember what sharkbite and the like actually say about reusing after removal, but mine leaked. also they are not as good for surviving a freeze.
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Dec 21, 2020
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I bought this set from Amazon. Used it to replumb my entire basement. It has all three tools you would ever need and also handles pipes from 3/8" to 1".
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I know my brother and I replaced all the plumbing with some pex stuff under his in-laws cottage (all sand underneath) and that jerkwad made me crawl under the cottage to do the bulk of the work. First day of work the crimper was all manual. For the second day (he did with my Dad) he was under the cottage and had bought himself one that was slightly mechanically assisted which was twice what he paid for the first one, and 100% easier to use in the cold and wet of that weekend.

This was about 5 years ago.
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Nov 17, 2012
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RedFlagAlias wrote: I have an old cottage that needs some plumbing fixes. So I am considering getting PEX tools:
- crimper
- cutter
- ring removal
Any recommendations for the brand and where to buy if the tools will be used just occasionally?

Thanks!
I pulled all the copper out of my small cottage a few years ago and redid everything with PEX. Awesome - I used the Princess Auto crimper tool and made sure all my plumbing is easy to access under the cabin. One kitchen sink, one 3-piece bath, one water heater, so pretty simple.

Way better for freeze/thaw cycles too if you happen to have any water left in the system. Slope it all towards two spigots on the exterior - one hot, one cold - for fall draining. I have a third spigot connected to the unused bathtub filler port on my shower valve. It allows me to drain the shower valve completely. All three are positioned together on the side of the cottage. Those and a couple of other points for the water heater and pressure tank make it dead easy to drain.
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torontotim wrote: I pulled all the copper out of my small cottage a few years ago and redid everything with PEX. Awesome - I used the Princess Auto crimper tool and made sure all my plumbing is easy to access under the cabin. One kitchen sink, one 3-piece bath, one water heater, so pretty simple.

Way better for freeze/thaw cycles too if you happen to have any water left in the system. Slope it all towards two spigots on the exterior - one hot, one cold - for fall draining. I have a third spigot connected to the unused bathtub filler port on my shower valve. It allows me to drain the shower valve completely. All three are positioned together on the side of the cottage. Those and a couple of other points for the water heater and pressure tank make it dead easy to drain.
In such a setup, do you even use a compressor to blow out water pipes?
I realized that in my current setup I do not have a spigot for hot water - just for a cold. I do have a drain for a hot water tank (40 gallons), so maybe after emptying the hot water tank and closing the water tank drain, I will be able to use a compressor from the cold line spigot to blow also hot water pipes.
I also have outdoor shower (just cold I believe) - about 50 feet away from the main building and cold and hot water in the bunky, so my setup will be more complicated.
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RedFlagAlias wrote: In such a setup, do you even use a compressor to blow out water pipes?
I realized that in my current setup I do not have a spigot for hot water - just for a cold. I do have a drain for a hot water tank (40 gallons), so maybe after emptying the hot water tank and closing the water tank drain, I will be able to use a compressor from the cold line spigot to blow also hot water pipes.
I also have outdoor shower (just cold I believe) - about 50 feet away from the main building and cold and hot water in the bunky, so my setup will be more complicated.
No compressed air.

Connect hoses the hot and cold spigots, open them up
Open the shower valve spigot
Open all the faucets/shower in the cabin
Open the water heater drain - I leave a hose connected to it year-round and just pull it out and open the drain valve on the tank
Open the spigot I have off the pressure tanks - connected to a hose to drain away from under the cottage

Once the pressure is down, I disconnect the intake line from the lake from the pump (brass coupling to make it easier)

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Remove the filler plug from the top of the pump - I put brass fittings here in place of the cast iron plug which rusts and is a PITA
Drain the pump - I installed brass fittings and a 1/4 turn valve to the small drain plug so I'm not dealing with that little cast iron plug

I'll usually flush the pump out with antifreeze but I leave the small drain open all winter and lightly put the brass plug in at the top

That's about it. I flush the toilet through with antifreeze - this is where I go overboard with the antifreeze. I've come up to a broken toilet once and it's no fun when it's the only one.
Pour antifreeze down all the drains. I don't drain the traps or anything - just dump antifreeze down the drains

Leave all the faucets open all winter.

8 years in never had a problem at this cottage, and we did basically the same at my parent's place for the last 60 years.
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Mar 9, 2019
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just bought a shark bite crimper and crimp rings. Used a Dremel to cut the old copper rings off. Pretty easy just MAKE SURE you have enough clearance for the tool before removing the old setup because you have to open it wide to get it around the crimp ring.

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