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Old 12-14-2011, 05:19 PM   #1
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Kitchen sink Pex-pipe leak

Discovered a puddle of water seeping out from beneath the kitchen sink area yesterday. Pulled the utensil drawers out and noticed the cold water Pex line for the kitchen sink was leaking. The majority of the leaking water had been draining down the GINORMOUS access hole into the tank/basement area. No idea how long this had been happening; observed some "wicking" on the wood, but, everything felt firm and obviously wet.

Upon closer inspection, the cold water delivery pipe had been weeping from two connectors. These connectors had been at the ends of a blue Pex-pipe and were extremely loose. It appears that this section of blue pipe should be removed when installing the supplied in-line filter.

I personally prefer to place my filtration at the source, before it enters my rig. It never occurred to me that the factory would not snug these fittings together. How does this pass their final testing procedures?

Well, I dried everything as best as I could; tightened all of the fittings I could see; and aimed the dehumidifier towards the access hole (I have commented on other "access holes" and how cavernous they are. Why not fill them in?)

I'm doubting that any long-term damage occurred, but, the whole situation bugs me...
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:23 PM   #2
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Steve, I just checked out your blogspot. Looks nice and cozy and I noticed happy smiles! Where are you guys now? Hope the leak is all cleared up for you now
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:48 AM   #3
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Thanks for reading it. My DW has put a lot of effort into it (the blog - not the leak ). Currently we are staying in East Lyme CT. Great community; although, it is short term for us - until I finish a job for a friend. After here, who knows where we will end up. It depends on when we "pull anchor".

As far as the leak... Knock on wood! It appears dry. I may use some plumbers goop just in case; plus, I'll fill in that gaping access hole to keep the drafts to a minimum.
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:39 AM   #4
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Check out this web site http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-...nnections.aspx . it will come in handy some day.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:12 AM   #5
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Great vid on the topic. Knock on wood, but, since hand tightening everything - it has been fine... Thanks again for sharing the info...
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:03 AM   #6
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Neat video -- I really like that Pex system, only problem is it does not seem like a good do-it yourself system since the tools are so expensive compared to PVC. I imagine over time they and as it becomes more common the do-it-yourself market will improve. I have seen it starting to go in new houses in my area in the last couple of years.
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Your problem appears to be the same I am having with the toilet in mine. No its not the recall type of leak, I finally got a video of the dripping but cannot get it small enough to post or email.
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Neat video -- I really like that Pex system, only problem is it does not seem like a good do-it yourself system since the tools are so expensive compared to PVC. I imagine over time they and as it becomes more common the do-it-yourself market will improve. I have seen it starting to go in new houses in my area in the last couple of years.
Yes,Tools are expensive . there r home owners versions that aren't as bad but more cumbersome to use. I picked my up when I was redoing my daughters house. Once you have them the more you uses you find for them. I've used then enough that they've paid for themselves. I should change my name to Jim the tool man.
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Good deal Jim the Tool Man. Next time I need some plumbing work done - I will give you a call!
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Pex

Forget about pex crimping tools and make life easy on yourself. Try Sharkbites. No leaks, removeable. Downside, a bit pricy.
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