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Old 10/10/12, 4:28 PM
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Does anyone have any wording about using "alternative" clamps on PEX fittings? Such as a hose clamp vs the normal binding rings?
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Old 10/10/12, 4:40 PM
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Default Re: Pex clamping

Say something simple like "The fitting at the XXX is not approved for for use and should be replaced by a licensed plumbing contractor."

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Old 10/10/12, 4:47 PM
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Default Re: Pex clamping

I usually go with:

"clamping device used here is not type reccomended for propert installation by manufacturer. It is also not in line with current building standards. reccomend a licensed qualified plumber repair properly."

or something like that.

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Old 10/10/12, 5:23 PM
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"Non standard materials used for clamping purposes. Repairs and further evaluation required by a licensed plumber"

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Old 10/10/12, 11:26 PM
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Default Re: Pex clamping

I use "improvised and unconventional" alot
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Old 10/11/12, 10:20 AM
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Default Re: Pex clamping

PEX fittings should be attached to the PEX water lines with PEX crimp rings. The rings will say PEX on them. Anything else, refer.

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Default Re: Pex clamping

The copper fittings for PEX are the best, but you can use hose clamps if you heat the PEX with a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the end and then tighten the hose clamp. I have in floor heat in my house and have both types of clamps in use and neither one leaks. So if you can't get the crimper in your space allowed you could try the hose clamp method.
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