Tag: Piping

How to Properly Support PEX for Distribution Piping

Polyethylene cross-linked (PEX) tubing is making its way into the larger diameter hydronic and plumbing distribution applications.  Although most commonly associated with radiant floor heating and diameters under 1″, some PEX manufacturers now have 20ft. straight length pipe available up to 4″.  Replacing copper with PEX is a great way to save material and labor costs.  Although…


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Aquatherm Now Offers Copper Sweated Transition Fitting

Aquatherm, a manufacturer of polypropylene-random (PP-R) piping, teamed up with Sioux Chief to offer a PP-R to copper sweat fitting.  This transition piece now makes it easier to connect Aquatherm to smaller copper branches.  They come in 1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″ diameters and range from 11 to 18 inches in length. Aquatherm utilizes heat fusion to make…


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The Three Different Types of PEX Tubing

PEX is becoming a popular product used in various piping applications.  If one asks around, “What is PEX?”, the most common short answer you will receive is, “it’s a plastic”.  It is true to say that it is a plastic, but that is a broad term and very misleading when comparing other industry materials.  The chemical structure and synthesis of all…