PEX Tubing is So Easy To Install
PEX tubing is gaining momentum for various kinds of plumbing applications. Although, its installation is as easy as eating food but still not everyone may be aware of some vital techniques. A professional help can be taken initially for installing radiant PEX or the task can be performed by an individual as well.
½ inch , 1 inch and 3/8 inch PEX are the most common sizes used for plumbing operations. Installation of all these sizes is done in a similar manner and involves only few basic steps that can be done with great ease. First, attention has to be given on the measurement of PEX tube while installing it. With the help of a cutter, PEX tubing can be cut into proportionate and accurate size required for a particular application. Care needs to be taken while cutting it so that no rough edges are left over the tube.
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A copper crimp ring is then interlocked through radiant PEX tubing, so that the tube can be easily inserted into fitting. Copper crimp ring must be shifted towards upward direction by positioning it to a distance varying between 0.125 inches to 0.25 inches from radiant PEX. An angle of exactly 90 degrees is required to be placed over the copper crimp ring so that it can be conveniently closed. It is also done to prevent occurrence of any uneven cut on PEX tube and to avoid non-uniform crimp. This is done because a non-uniform crimp can result in any kind of fault that may make further installation of radiant PEX quite tedious.
A go-no gauge test is performed for tubing installation to check its actual tolerance level. If the go-no gauge test fails or slides over the tube then it means that the installation task has not been performed efficiently. A successful test implies that installation of tubing has been done correctly and the tube can tolerate even high pressure of water or any other kind of substance for which it is installed. A main point to be considered is that materials used for making PEX tubing initially undergoes 1 inch contraction when the temperature is varied by 10 degree Celsius.
PEX tubing pipes and tubes are crafted in such a way that these contractions are met at a distance of every 100 ft interval. It is vital to install PEX tubing pipes with due care and concern so that such pitfalls are avoided. Such tubing system can also be conveniently installed for serving other utilities and functions and that is why it has emerged as a top choice in the list of plumbers and contractors.