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Old 03-15-2018, 05:09 AM   #1
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Pex repair kit. Who carries one?

Wondering if it's prudent to have repair parts for pex water system. Or find a Home Depot when problem occurs. What parts are most needed?

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Old 03-15-2018, 05:19 AM   #2
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I dont carry a pex repair kit. I do carry some tools and duct tape. In the unlikely chance something with the pex would fail, Id have to look for a local store.

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Old 03-15-2018, 05:44 AM   #3
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I do carry a Sharkbite 1/2" straight coupler and a 1/2" 90 elbow. I figure they are the most likely fittings I might need!
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Old 03-15-2018, 06:19 AM   #4
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Do you need the related tools with the sharkbite couples mentioned ??
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Old 03-15-2018, 06:24 AM   #5
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I carry two five foot lengths of 1/2 inch Pex pipe, a small assortment of plastic Pex fittings, a handfull of 1/2 inch stainless steel clamps, and a cheap clamp tool. These items take up almost no room. The Pex clamp tool was about $50, but I have used it several times to add several valves and a check valve.

I understand that Shark Bite or similar fittings do not require a tool; however, I like the convenience of having all that I need to fix a piping problem. And the clamps are less than 25 cents and fittings are about 50 cents, versus a 1/2 inch sharkbite coupling at Home Depot is $8. Doesn't take long to justify buying a Pex clamp tool.
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Old 03-15-2018, 07:36 AM   #6
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I bought a couple of short pieces of PEX and some straight and elbow connectors. Have yet to need them but having them makes me feel better.

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Old 03-15-2018, 09:51 AM   #7
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I carry plugs...couplings, pex tool and clamps. A few other misc fittings I had,

No shark bite do not require any special tool.
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Old 03-15-2018, 10:42 AM   #8
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Always had a 5' length of pipe and an assortment of the Watts equivalent of "shark bite" fittings.
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Old 03-15-2018, 10:47 AM   #9
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I highly suggest carrying the pex cutter (Due to use the fittings it needs to be a very good cut that a knife usually doesn't do or it will leak). Plus some Sharkbite fittings and little bit of pex piping. I wish I had thought about this before I had a bad leak of my toilet line in my last 5ver. Due to the leak we had to shut off water and have no water for the last few days of the trip. Now I carry that stuff in my tool box just in case as if I had the stuff, I could have fixed it in 10 minutes.
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Old 03-15-2018, 11:19 AM   #10
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Ugh, something else to add to the toolbox. Never thought of having any of this, but I can see the value in it now of course.

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