So I crawled underneath the house the other day to replace a thermostat wire that wasn’t conducting very well, and discovered a big ol’ puddle of water in the crawl space.
Guess replacing the galvanized steel pipe has just moved up the to-do list.
So… after some long deep reading on the environmental effects and various substances that leech out of PEX vs copper, I think we’re going to go with PEX.
Probably ¾” from the service entrance to the hot water heater, and from there to a manifold in the center of the house, where I’ll run short ½” lines to the various appliances. With some Ts over by the hot water heater to feed the clothes washer and utility sink in the garage.
I know I’m going to have to buy a clipper and a crimper, and, depending on the type of crimp material I go with, a ring-cutter. Anyone got preferences for one over the other besides picking a local vendor who’s likely to carry everything I need?
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/