Plumbing 101, Pex Tools, Pipe, & Fittings!

  • katma 10 Mar 2017
  • Today we look at PEX installation tools, the types of fittings, and pipe used in the PEX style of plumbing system. I show how the different types of crimp rings are installed and some of the pros and cons of each type. I also show how simple it is to remove fittings in both the PEX and Shark Bite styles of fittings for reuse and give some advice on the type of pipe to use.

    The tools I like to use can be found easily by following the following Amazon links! Yes, this helps us out a little bit and costs you nothing more! Thanks.

    Shark Bite 1/2" and 3/4" copper crimp ring crimper
    Apollo PEX 3/8" - 1" one hand stainless steel crimp ring plyers
    Apollo PEX 3/8" - 1" stainless steel crimp ring plyers
    Apollo PEX copper crimp ring removal tool
    Conbraco stainless steel crimp ring removal tool

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  • Dave Overbey
    Dave Overbey 3 yıl önce +30

    When using the copper ring to crimp on to hold it in place, it helps to use a channel locks to easily pinch over it 1st just enough so it wont slide & then use your crimper to finish it. Those special copper rings with the orange no slide.sleeve will only cost you more than the regular copper rings would be using this method of pinch & crimp.

  • Kimberly Anne

    I have to replumb my entire house and I've been researching fittings and tools for hours! If I had seen this video first it would have saved me a ton of time. Thank you for giving me a visual. Now I'm a lot more comfortable with my decision to go with the stainless rings.

  • Io Yoda
    Io Yoda 3 yıl önce +1

    Thanks for a very informative video and yes this old dog learned new tricks from your video . I'm a housing professional and have seen many system and was always confused from the array of systems but you made it easy to understand today again great job.

  • Anthony Lockhart
    Anthony Lockhart 3 yıl önce

    Great video. I teach some basic construction skills to kids in high school and videos like this are a great way to introduce a topic. Had a lot of good information in a short time which is essential to keeping teenagers attention. Thanks

  • Darin Brunet
    Darin Brunet 3 yıl önce +13

    For someone without the hand strength to repeatedly crimp fittings, the expandable PEX-A would be the way to go. Milwaukee and DeWalt both have battery powered expanders. Works good in tight spaces as well. Cheers!

  • Jason Haynes
    Jason Haynes Yıl önce

    Great video! It's exactly what I was looking for. I've done a healthy amount of construction/remodeling work, but Pex is new to me. Trying to replace my kitchen sink faucet and didn't have the slightest clue how to do it. I figured out that I need tools, but research showed me all different kinds and I had no clue which one would work best. I'm still undecided but at least I have a basis to start from now.

  • Jerry Smith

    Excellent video with respect to your fitting presentation and post commentary on the different fittings and your professional experience with straight vs coiled pex.

  • Karl Williamson

    Nice job Dan&Sarah! This is great easy to understand introduction overview to the Pex system. Answers a lot of questions. Thank you my friends.

  • Kirk
    Kirk 3 yıl önce +2

    Very Informative and detailed. Great hands on demo too. Thank you!

  • Chris Graham
    Chris Graham Yıl önce

    The PEX fittings (elbows, tees, couplings..etc.) are available in both premium priced brass and the much cheaper plastic. Both are rated and approved, so I'm wondering what the real differences in functionality are? Are brass usually preferred because they just seem to be better quality? I'd be interested in hearing real life comments of why there are preferences.

  • Patrick Grimes
    Patrick Grimes Yıl önce +2

    Great tip about getting straight lengths vs coiled unless you have long runs.

  • patgarcia03
    patgarcia03 Yıl önce

    Nicely done video. Good intro into PEX and the crimping styles for attaching fittings. I have a 2016 RV and the fittings are plastic and I need to repair the fittings to the sink and shower. I'll go with the copper fittings with the crimp clamps due to tight spaces. This was a good 101 video for sure. Many thanks!

  • Men Guarding Their Own Wallets

    To keep the crimp ring in the right spot, I first wrap 6 wraps of masking tape on the pipe in the right spot to keep the crimp ring from sliding down the pipe. you need to make sure that the crimp ring stays in exactly the right spot on the pipe while crimping and the masking tape keeps the crimp ring in the right spot if you 'press. the crimp tool up against the tape while you are crimping. Then when the crimping is done, you remove the tape.

  • Ross Miller
    Ross Miller 2 yıl önce

    Excellent video. You covered the bases exceptionally well. Thanks

  • David Jones
    David Jones Yıl önce

    Very helpful and informative video. Thank you for taking your time to make and post!

  • Bizi Bebonkin
    Bizi Bebonkin 2 yıl önce

    The biggest take away for me was the straight vs coiled PEX tubing preference. I never thought about that and how it would effect working with it. Thank You.

  • The Kim Family
    The Kim Family 3 yıl önce +2

    Thank you for making this video on plumbing. I look forward to more videos on this subject.

  • Baldwin Wallace
    Baldwin Wallace 2 yıl önce

    Thank you so much! I'm working on a rental trailer and it has some PEX pipe in it and I was not familiar with any of the fittings (especially the Shark ones) and I didn't know how to release them or what fitting that I needed to use to add additional water lines to the existing PEX ... and now I feel (thanks you your video) that I can do the work myself!

  • Harley Burton
    Harley Burton 2 yıl önce +1

    Bang up job. Thank you. I had my plumbing redone with pex a while back and now I have to replace my water heater. Wasn't sure if I needed something specific to my pipe.

  • eproud
    eproud 3 yıl önce

    This is my first lesson on how to use Pex. It actually looks like fun and much easier than galvanized and copper. I just need a plumbing problem to arise now so that I can apply what I learned from your video. Thanks for the intro.