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Old 05-28-2014, 03:03 PM   #1
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Is there any cheaper way to repair 1/2" PEX piping without spending over $100 on a crimping tool? Thanks Dan
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I've used Sharkbites.
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Is there any cheaper way to repair 1/2" PEX piping without spending over $100 on a crimping tool? Thanks Dan
When I was doing renovations in my kitchen a few years ago, I rented the crimping tool from a local home building supply company (Home Depot, Rona, etc). Cost was typically about $10/day. Of course after doing this a half dozen times, I ended up buying my own.
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I also used Sharkbite fittings. My plumbing frustration level is very low so it's worth the extra in fittings. All you need is a pipe cutter.
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I also used Sharkbite fittings. My plumbing frustration level is very low so it's worth the extra in fittings. All you need is a pipe cutter.
A PEX pipe cutter or a metal pipe cutter?
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:32 PM   #6
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PEX crimping tools require space (they open wide). There is a smaller opening crimping tool but even then you need some space to use it.
I asked around and a friend lent me his regular size PEX crimping tool.
PEX fittings are inexpensive.

Sharkbites can be used in confined spaces.
And they are expensive.
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Compression fittings are another alternative (just need a wrench, not a crimper). There are also band clamps (instead of crimped rings), but they still need a special tool.
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You can rent crimping tools for $10 everywhere. Ask a few friends, you would be surprised how many people have them. I have three if anyone near me wants to use one, including a small 1/2" only one that gets into fairly tight spaces.

I really an not comfortable with using those Sharkbite connectors, but as long as they remain accessible, it would be easy to fix in case something went wrong.
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