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10/11/2011

PEX Tubing Exposure to Sunlight

 

PEX tubing gives users more options in their plumbing and heating systems. It costs less than traditional piping, bends around corners and obstructions without fittings, and comes in different colors to make identification easier.  PEX resists freezing more effectively than other types of piping, retains its original shape, and gives users choices when they select fitting systems.

One of PEX’s limitations comes to mind during the bright days of summer: it cannot be exposed to direct sunlight. The ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun break PEX tubing down and make it brittle. PEX that runs outside should normally be buried. If this is not an option, we recommend sleeving the PEX in PVC.

 

Labels: PEX tubing

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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10/3/11

For the Do It Yourselfer: Push/Bite (LinBite / Pushbite) Fittings

 

Pushbite fittings are easy to use and great for small jobs. They are push-fit style fittings that you can push right onto either PEX or copper to create your connection. They are more expensive by piece than other fittings, but they also don’t require you to invest in a tool. If you are doing a one-time DIY project or just making some repairs, PushBite fittings may be a great choice. You can find all sizes and styles of Pushbite fittings at www.redlinepex.com in the PEX fittings category.

 

Labels: PEX Fittings, LinBite, Pushbite

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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9/23/11

PEX Tools for Using PEX Tubing

 

PEX tubing is widely known for being less expensive an easier to work with than copper tubing. Aside from flexibility and ease of fixing repairs, there are several tools that help make PEX tubing easier to install, such as the PEX uncoiler and the PEX cutter tool. The PEX cutter tool even has a replacement blade so that you can continue to use it if it ever gets dull in the future without replacing the entire tool. Check out these and other PEX tools at www.redlinepex.com.

 

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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9/14/11

Aluminum in PEX-AL-PEX Metal Expansion

 

Aluminum PEX cannot be expanded because expansion could cause the aluminum layer to tear. Therefore, PEX-AL-PEX is always produced as a PEX-b tubing. The main benefits of PEX-AL-PEX are that it holds its shape when bent, and that it has an even lower expansion rate than regular PEX, reducing the amount of noise that is produced as your system heats up.

PEX-AL-PEX is a great option for high-temperature applications such as warm board, baseboard, fan coils and ice-melt systems. You can find Rifeng PEX-AL-PEX and Viega FostaPEX at www.redlinepex.com in the Radiant Heat PEX Tubing category.

 

Labels: Aluminum PEX, PEX-AL-PEX, PEX-Aluminum-PEX

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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9/11/11

PEX Tubing Colors

 

The color of PEX tubing does not affect what it can be used for. PEX plumbing tubing is manufactured in different colors only to simplify installation and make it easier and make it easy to identify your hot and cold lines in the future. Typically red tubing is used for hot lines and blue for cold lines, but theoretically you could do the opposite (which could get confusing!) Even with your lines color-coded, it is always a good idea to label the lines at the manifold so you also know which fixture they are going to in case you need to isolate an area for future repair.

White tubing provides another option for installers, for example if they want to buy a larger roll of one color to use for the entire system. In this type of installation it is even more important to clearly label the lines for future identification.

Redlinepex.com has a large selection of PEX plumbing tubing made by manufacturers including Rifeng and Viega.

 

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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8/29/11

Push-Bite Fittings Require No Tools

 

Pushbite fittings are easy to use, push-fit style fittings. While they are more expensive per piece than crimp or clamp fittings, no tool is required to make the connections. This makes them great for do-it-your-selfers and smaller jobs. Pushbite fittings, made by Cash-Acme, are available at www.redlinepex.com.

 

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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8/18/11

Full Line of PEX Material

 

When you're buying material for your next PEX project, look no further than Redlinepex.com. Our new and improved PEX page is a great starting place, with links to all the categories of products you will be shopping for. Start your shopping here and decide which PEX tubing, PEX fitting system, and controls you want to use. If there is any product you need that is on our site, we can usually special order it for you. Save time and money by shopping at Redlinepex.com for all your PEX supplies.

 

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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8/2/11

PEX-AL-PEX in High Heat

 

PEX-AL-PEX has the same temperature pressure ratings as regular PEX tubing, but the aluminum core layer in the middle keeps it from losing its shape even in high temperature systems. This is one of the greatest benefits of PEX-AL-PEX and makes it a popular choice for high temperature systems such as Warmboard, baseboard and fan coils.

MultiCor PEX-AL-PEX
, Viega FostaPEX and Rifeng PEX-AL-PEX are popular brands available at Redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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7/23/11

*Oxygen Barrier in PEX Tubing

 

Radiant heat systems are typically installed with Oxygen Barrier PEX Tubing. The "barrier" in this tubing is an extra layer that ensures no oxygen gets into your heating system. This protects the components in your system from rusting and also allows you to use cast iron components, which are more affordable.

There are several choices for barrier tubing including ViegaPEX, Rifeng oxygen barrier PEX. Visit Redlinepex.com today to get your PEX tubing and everything you need for your radiant heat system.

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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7/3/11

Benefits of PEX Tubing

 

PEX tubing has been used throughout Europe for over 30 years and is becoming more popular in the US every year. PEX tubing is less expensive than traditional copper piping and there are several options for PEX fitting systems that give you different options depending on the type of job and your experience working with PEX fittings. Whether you choose compression, crimp, clamp or Pushbite fittings, most customers find these connections easier to make than soldering.

You can learn more about making PEX connections by watching the videos in our Resource Center. When you've made your decision, you can get all the PEX tubing, PEX fittings, PEX tools and any other supplies you need at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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6/21/11

Aluminum Layer in PEX Can Hold Shape

 

One of the greatest qualities of PEX-AL-PEX is its thermal memory, which allows it to hold its shape when bent. PEX-AL-PEX, also called Aluminum PEX, made with two layers of PEX and a 100% aluminum core. It is commonly used in outdoor heating applications, Warmboard systems and for high temperature systems like baseboard and fan coils.

Rifeng,  and FostaPEX are popular brands of PEX-AL-PEX that can be found at Redlinepex.com.

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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6/13/11

PEX Fittings – Easy to Use

 

Push-Bite fittings are great for jobs with a small number of connections or for replacing a fitting. No tool is required to make the connections so the job is easy and quick. Check out the entire line of Pushbite fittings at www.redlinepex.com for your next job.

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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6/6/11

Radiant Heat Loop Spacing

 

The layout of the PEX tubing in your radiant heat system determines how much heat a given area will produce. The space between two PEX lines is referred to as the on-center distance; the closer the tubing is spaced the higher the BTU output will be

In a moderate climate, tubing for living areas tubing can be spaced about 9" apart, and tubing for a bathroom can be about 6-7" apart. In warmer climates the tubing can be farther apart and in colder climates there should be less distance between lines.

There are several high quality brands of oxygen barrier tubing available at Redlinepex.com, along with everything you need for your radiant heat project.

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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5/29/11

Bending Radius of PEX Tubing

 

The bend radius of tubing refers to the inside curvature of the tubing. This measurement is the minimum radius that you can bend the tubing without kinking it. More flexible materials will have a smaller bend radius, allowing it to bend more before being damaged. Typically, with standard PEX tubing, you can expect it to have a bend radius of 6 times its diameter. Therefore, if you have 1/2" PEX tubing, the tubing will have a bed radius of about 3", making PEX tubing extremely flexible, compared to other types of tubing.

You can find PEX tubing for plumbing and radiant heat at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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5/12/11

Loop Length in Radiant Systems

 

In a Radiant Heat System, the 'loop length' describes the amount of PEX tubing you can run from the supply manifold to the space being heated and back to the return manifold. To measure the length of the PEX tubing you are using, don't worry about pulling out a tape measure. PEX tubing is manufactured in lengths up to over 1,000 feet. Every 3 feet, a number is printed on the tubing indicating the length from the beginning of that roll up until the point where the number is printed (903, 906, 909, etc). Just subtract the first number printed on the roll from the last number to determine exactly how much PEX tubing you have.

You can find all the materials you need for your Radiant Heat project at www.redlinepex.com.

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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5/1/11

PEX Manifolds & PEX Fittings

 

The manifold for your PEX Plumbing System acts as a hub for water transportation. When installing the manifold, it is important to remember that the fittings you buy must be of the same brand as the manifold. The PEX tubing, however, does not have to match the manifold. Feel free to use any brand PEX tubing with any brand manifold.

You can find PEX Manifolds, PEX Fittings, and PEX Tubing at www.redlinepex.com.

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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4/26/11

PEX Tubing Colors

 

Sorry to disappoint, but the red, white, and blue colors that PEX tubing is available in does not represent the patriotic colors of the American flag. In fact, there is no significance in the color of PEX tubing, other than aesthetics. Red PEX tubing is generally used to distinguish hot lines, while blue PEX tubing is used with cold lines. For those who would prefer colorless tubing, white PEX tubing is the way to go. Other than the color, there are no physical, chemical, or behavioral differences between the different colors of PEX, but for the sake of this holiday weekend, we can all pretend that the colors are meant to celebrate the spirit of Independence Day!

You can find all the different colors of PEX tubing at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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4/15/11

Manabloc & Manabloc Mini Manifolds

 

The MANABLOC system, manufactured by Viega, is an all-in-one unit that handles both hot and cold water lines. However, if you find yourself needing more fixture ports than an existing MANABLOC provides, you will want to get your hands on a MINIBLOC. Contrary to what you may be thinking, a MINIBLOC is not a tiny version of the MANABLOC. Instead, it is used as an addition to an existing MANABLOC. All you'll need to do is tee off the main supply line(s) and add one or two MINIBLOCs, as needed. Just remember that MINIBLOCs, unlike MANABLOCs, do not support both hot and cold water lines. If you need additional ports for those lines, you will need to add a MINIBLOC for both. If you only need additional ports for one temperature, then one MINIBLOC will suffice.

You can find both MINIBLOCs and MANABLOCs at www.redlinepex.com.

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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4/3/11

Purchasing a Manabloc Manifold

 

The MANBLOC system, manufactured by Viega, provides a “home-run” distribution manifold for a plumbing system. This means that it’s an all-in-one unit that handles both cold and hot water lines. MANABLOCs are even designed with blue ports for hot ports and red ones for cold ports.

When buying a MANABLOC, keep in mind the type of fixture you want it to work with. For low-flow fixtures, such as sink faucets, you may want to go with a MANABLOC with 3/8” distribution ports. For fixtures with a higher flow, such as a tub faucet, choose a MANABLOC with ½” distribution ports.

MANABLOCs are available at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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3/27/11

PEX-AL-PEX Tubing

 

With so many different kinds of PEX to choose from, how do you make a decision? The answer comes down to what your PEX project will entail. Is the PEX tubing going to be used for a radiant heat application or an open system? Is the PEX expected to withstand high temperatures? If you are looking for the perfect type of PEX for a high-temperature system, such as baseboard heat, PEX-AL-PEX is the perfect choice. PEX-AL-PEX consists of a layer of PEX, a layer of aluminum, and another layer of PEX. PEX-AL-PEX is also considered more convenient than other types of PEX is because it tends to hold its shape once you bend it, so it does not require fastening like more traditional forms of PEX. It additionally boasts an oxygen barrier, which assures that no oxygen enters the heating system. This is extremely important in heating applications because the presence of oxygen can rust and corrode the system's components.


Mr. PEX PEX-AL-PEX can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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3/12/11

Easy Installing PEX Tubing

 

Because PEX tubing is so pliable and flexible, it has become a convenient choice for those looking for an alternative to copper pipe in their plumbing and heating systems.

Whereas copper pipe calls for cutting and soldering to turn a corner, PEX requires neither. To create a 90 degree bend, just snap the tubing into a PEX bend support. Bend supports are designed specifically to help PEX tubing turn corners. They are available in different materials and come in different sizes that correspond with the various tubing sizes.

Although the thought of a tangled jungle of PEX may seem daunting, don't let it deter you! To keep PEX tubing organized, you can secure it with zip ties or PEX clips. PEX clips are also available in different sizes and can accommodate even the most cumbersome of set-ups.

With these handy installation tools, you will find that setting up a PEX system in your home is not only faster than installing copper pipe, but it is also hassle-free.

PEX bend supports, zip ties, PEX clips, and other installation accessories can be found at www.redlinepex.com.

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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3/2/11

PEX Supplies for Plumbing Applications

 

Installing PEX tubing can involve many miscellaneous parts and components, and just the thought of gathering all of these supplies may seem daunting to the average do-it-yourself-er. Redlinepex.com solves this problem. At Redlinepex.com, you will find everything you need to quickly and conveniently complete your PEX project. Whether you are looking for plastic bend supports, PEX tubing clamps, escutcheons, or bundle ties, Redlinepex.com has you covered. No more trekking to the hardware store for tube talons! Just sit back, browse through our large selection of PEX Plumbing Supplies, and enjoy delivery straight to your door.

Find everything you need for your next PEX Plumbing project at www.redlinepex.com.

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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2/19/11

Which PEX Fitting to Choose?

 

Not sure which fitting you need? Don't know where to start? Use Redlinepex.com's Fittings Finder to find the appropriate ProPEX Expander Fitting for your next project. With the convenient selector tool, browse through our large selection of ProPEX Expander Fittings and the different sizes that are available. To further assist you with your PEX project, we have included an insurrectionary video on how to make expander connections. Fittings Finders and videos are also available on our PEX Compression Fittings, HydroPEX Crimp Fittings, Pushbite Push-Fit Fittings, and Multipress PEX-AL-PEX Fittings pages. Now, shopping for your PEX project is easier than ever.

ProPEX Expander Fittings, PEX Compression Fittings, HydroPEX Crimp Fittings, Pushbite Push-Fit Fittings, and Multipress PEX-AL-PEX Fittings can be found at www.redlinepex.com.

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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2/11/11

How To Cut PEX Tubing

 

To properly cut PEX pipe, be sure to use the correct PEX Tool: a PEX Cutter. A PEX Cutter is specially designed to cut through PEX pipe evenly. Where a hacksaw or copper pipe cutter may leave jagged and rough edges, a PEX Cutter ensures a clean and smooth cut. When cutting PEX pipe, first use a permanent marker to determine where you are to make the cut. Next, open the blade on the cutter and place the PEX pipe inside. One firm squeeze will cut most of the way through the pipe. To finish, rotate the cutter a quarter-turn before cutting through the rest.

PEX Cutters, along with other PEX Tools and PEX Pipe, can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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2/1/11

*Repairing a Punctured Pipe With PEX

A simple and easy way to repair a punctured PEX water pipe without disturbing the surrounding pipes is to cut out the section of tubing with the puncture in it and replace it with a coupling to join the two sides. This process secures the pipe and ensures that a leak will not happen again. For a worry-free and reliable coupling, try the Pushbite Coupling. The fitting doesn't require any tools or soldering and can be pushed into place quickly and easily.

Pushbite Couplings, as well as a large selection of other Pushbite Push-Fit Fittings, can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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1/24/11

*Manabloc Operation

 

There are 3 separate supply lines that lead into a Manabloc PEX Manifold. Since the MANABLOC system is made for plumbing, there are no return lines. There are never return lines in plumbing manifolds because once the water goes out, it does not come back to be re-circulated. Since there are three separate supply lines (2 cold and 1 hot) that come into your Manabloc, you will need 3 supply adapters in order to connect your PEX Tubing. If you do not need to connect both cold lines and the hot line, you may use a supply end cap to cap off the line not being used.

Manabloc manifolds and other plumbing manifolds can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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1/12/11

*PEX Noise Reduction for Hydronic Systems

 

PEX tubing is a great option for your baseboard heating system and is much quieter than copper pipe. This is because the unrestrained liner expansion rate for PEX is much lower than the rate for copper pipe. For every 10 degree increase in temperature, standard PEX expands 1.1 inches per 100 feet.

PEX tubing and baseboard heaters can be found at www.redlinepex.com.

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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1/2/11

*No Freezing Pipes With PEX

 

With traditional copper pipes, it's usually not the pipe that freezes, it's the water inside. For heating pipes, glycol is the perfect solution. By using a mixture of glycol and water, you will get the same full heating capacity as with water, but the glycol anti-freeze will prevent the liquid from freezing (even in the coldest temperatures). Glycol can also be used in PEX tubing for radiant heat systems. Just be sure not to use glycol in plumbing pipes where you will be drinking the water.

Glycol and other radiant heat supplies can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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12/21/10

*Setting up a Manabloc Manifold

 

To install a standard Viega MANABLOC manifold, you need to purchase supply adapters and mounting straps separately. The brass supply adapters allow you to connect 3/4" PEX Tubing to the manifold, and the mounting straps come perfectly aligned and ready for you to screw your manifold into place and keep it right where it needs to be.

Viega MANABLOCS can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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12/11/10

*Cleanly Cutting PEX Tubing

 

All PEX connections require a clean, even cut in your PEX tubing. Without a clean cut, it is incredibly difficult to create a secure fitting. If your tubing is uneven, the rings and fittings will not fit properly on the tubing and you can get a leak. To make sure that you have a clean cut for a secure fitting, use a PEX tubing cutter. Even if you have another blade that you use to cut everything else, a PEX tube cutter is a worthwhile investment at under $20.00 because it will create a perfect and worry-free cut in your PEX every time.

PEX cutters and other PEX tools can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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12/1/10

*When to Choose PEX-AL-PEX Versus PEX Tubing

 

For heating or plumbing applications, you can use either standard PEX or PEX-al-PEX. PEX-al-PEX stands for PEX-Aluminum-PEX, which is a tubing composed of a layer of standard PEX, a layer of aluminum, and another layer of standard PEX. The aluminum layer in the PEX-al-PEX allows it to hold its shape, much like a pipe cleaner. Standard PEX comes in a coil, and to straighten it and get it where you want, you will need to secure it to the ground every few feet. With PEX-al-PEX, you will still need to secure the tubing to the ground, but since it will hold its shape, it will be easier to lay it out where you want it and have it stay put. A potential drawback of PEX-al-PEX is that you will need to use different fittings than are used with standard PEX. Because of this, it is best to only install one type of PEX in your home so that all of your tools and fittings will work on all of your tubing.

PEX-al-PEX tubing and PEX fittings can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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11/22/10

*Checking a PEX Crimp

 

The HydroPEX Crimping Tool comes with a Go/No-Go Gauge so that you can check that your connections are done properly. To use the gauge, slide your fitting into the gauge at the proper size (3/4" crimp rings go into the 3/4" opening, etc). If the crimp ring does not fit in at all, it has not been crimped enough and must be crimped tighter. If the crimp ring slides all the way to the top of the gauge without any space in between, it has been crimped too tightly. In this case, you will have to remove the crimp ring, adjust the tool to loosen the crimping force, and try again. If the ring slides into the gauge into the area marked "GO" but cannot slide all the way to the "NO-GO" of the top of the gauge, your fitting is secure and your crimp has been done properly.

PEX Crimp Tools and HydroPEX Fittings can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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11/13/10

*Rapid Install Fittings

 

Pushbite Fittings are by far the fastest and easiest fittings to install. Used for both plumbing & heating, Pushbite Fittings are push-to-fit fittings, so you just take the fitting, insert it into the pipe, and the secure connection is ready to go.

Pushbite Fittings can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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10/27/10

*Quick Fix With PEX

 

If there is a leak in your piping, whether copper or PEX, a coupling is a quick fix. Just cut out the part of the pipe with the leak, and insert a coupling to join the two pieces of pipe back together. You can even use a Pushbite coupling, which is a push-to-fit fitting that doesn't even require a tool.

PEX Fittings such as Pushbite Fittings can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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10/6/10

*Using Glycol for Cold Weather Tubing

 

As the weather gets cold, you want to introduce glycol into your radiant heat PEX tubing. While PEX tubing itself is freeze resistant, the water inside of your tubing can freeze if the temperatures drop low enough. To prevent this from happening, you can add glycol to the system. The colder it gets, the more glycol you can add. With glycol, your radiant heat system will run smoothly with no threat of freezing all winter long.

Radiant heat supplies can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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9/20/10

*PEX Tubing and Heat Tape

 

The use of heat tape is allowed with PEX tubing as long as the tubing has automatic thermostatic control capability and the temperature does not exceed the maximum rating listed on the tubing. Heat tape should be wrapped around the tubing and secured with zip or cable ties, not tape; then insulated with closed cell pipe insulation.

Supplies for PEX Plumbing and Radiant Heat can be found at www.redlinepex.com

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9/2/10

*PEX and Acidity

 

PEX Tubing can stand up to slight acidity much better than copper can as it resists scale build up. While you cannot put a strong acid through PEX tubing, PEX-a quality tubing has been tested and stands up to anything with a pH between 5 and 10. Pure water has a pH of 7, with anything lower being acidic and anything higher being basic. No public water sources have a pH lower than 5 or higher than 10, so even if your water is slightly acidic or slightly basic, your PEX will be fine.

PEX Pipe
and other PEX products can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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8/19/10

*Manabloc Manifold Materials

 

The modular MANABLOC sections are molded from polysulfone (PLS) plastic. This material is used frequently in the medical industry and is highly resistant to hot water, chlorine and other chemicals typically found in potable water systems. The seal between the manifold sections is made using high-grade O-rings. The sections are then contained by six metal tie rods, adjusted for optimum tension. The other plastic components are made from engineering plastics chosen specifically for each purpose. The stiffener used in the port compression fittings is 304 stainless steel.

Manabloc Manifolds and other PEX Manifolds for PEX Plumbing can be found at www.redlinepex.com

Posted By: RedlinePEX Support

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