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Old 05-07-2018, 07:15 AM   #1
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Water line repair

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I discovered a leaky valve right behind my water heater yesterday. I'm not familiar with the types of clamps used to secure the water lines in my Jayco. They are metal and have a little hoop on one side. Is there a specific tool I should use to unfasten the clamps? I also cannot seem to find a Jayco parts website.

If anyone has experience with these things and can provide some useful links to steer me in the right direction I'd sure appreciate it!

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Is it possible to upload a pic? Pinch clamps have been used before and require the tool or a good pair of channel locks. The pic will speak volumes!
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They are one time use pinch clamps. Usually factory stuff. You may have to cut the hose to get them separated. Use regular worm clamps when you fix it.
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They are one time use pinch clamps. Usually factory stuff. You may have to cut the hose to get them separated. Use regular worm clamps when you fix it.
I would try removing the clamp by cutting with a dremel tool at the crimp. If you use a worm gear hose clamp, make sure it is not too big or it will not be the right curve under the clamp.
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You can pry the pex fittings off by placing a flat screw driver under the end near the loop. A worm drive clamp wont work on pex you can't get enough pressure with them. Either use a pex fitting or replace with a shark bite fitting. Worm gear fittings work on poly pipe that is pliable, but pex is a semi ridged pipe which requires the much higher strength of the pex fittings.

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The tool and rings are cheap. I bought them from Home Depot last fall. The tool and rings were in the plumbing parts section. It was really easy to use.
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You can pry the pex fittings off by placing a flat screw driver under the end near the loop. A worm drive clamp wont work on pex you can't get enough pressure with them. Either use a pex fitting or replace with a shark bite fitting. Worm gear fittings work on poly pipe that is pliable, but pex is a semi ridged pipe which requires the much higher strength of the pex fittings.

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That is good to know. Sorry that I gave non technical advice. Luckily, I have never had to work on pex. (knock on wood)
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Pex can be confusing.. there are 3 different types of pex... one type uses the expansion procedure someone mentioned. You expand the pex, push it on the fitting and it shrinks. Power tool is needed to expand it to the proper shape. Other two types use the rings or clamps and use the same tools. Much greater pressure than you can get with a worm drive clamp. Those kinds of clamps work on softer type tubing, but not pex. Pex is a semi ridged pipe not soft.

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I used shark-bite connections when re-working toilet supply line. EASY!
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Hello,

I discovered a leaky valve right behind my water heater yesterday. I'm not familiar with the types of clamps used to secure the water lines in my Jayco. They are metal and have a little hoop on one side. Is there a specific tool I should use to unfasten the clamps? I also cannot seem to find a Jayco parts website.

If anyone has experience with these things and can provide some useful links to steer me in the right direction I'd sure appreciate it!

Thanks much!
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You can buy identical clamps and tool needed at Lowes for pex plumbing.


You don't want to use 'regular' clamps as was suggested on pex. That's what you have..............
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Use regular worm clamps when you fix it.
I wouldn't. Not for PEX. I'd use proper pex fittings. They can be had very cheap. PEX is fairly hard, unlike most hoses, making it less than ideal to try and clamp it down with a hose clamp.
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Definitely want to make sure you use proper PEX fittings, as has been mentioned the older worm drive will not work and you'll probably end up with a bigger leak than you started.

The tools and supplies are cheap. If in doubt do some YouTube searching you'll find lots of great info on the basics of working with PEX.
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This might fit the bill at a reasonable price ... from Amazon

IWISS PEX CINCH Crimping Tool Crimper for Stainless Steel Clamps from 3/8"to 1" with 1/2" 20PCS and 3/4" 10PCS SS PEX Clamps
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I have done many water pipe repairs on my camper for various reasons and have always used shark fittings. Its so much easier than the pex fittings, clamps, etc. also you can buy a 5 foot stick of 1/2" pex and just cut out the leaking stuff and replace with new. The shark fittings have never given me a problem and can easily be remove and refitted if needed. They even make much nicer ball valves than the cheap plastic stuff that comes in the campersLook in home depot or lowes
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The only issue with the shark bite fittings is cost. You soon surpass the cost of the tool needed to install pex rings or clamps. As to the tools for pex fittings, you do get what you pay for. The cheap tools are more difficult to use, they can be a tad sloppy. I had a cheapee crimper and wound up replacing it with a shark bite tool, much tighter tolerances and overall easier to use.
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The only issue with the shark bite fittings is cost. You soon surpass the cost of the tool needed to install pex rings or clamps. As to the tools for pex fittings, you do get what you pay for. The cheap tools are more difficult to use, they can be a tad sloppy. I had a cheapee crimper and wound up replacing it with a shark bite tool, much tighter tolerances and overall easier to use.
Exactly what he said......
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The only issue with the shark bite fittings is cost. You soon surpass the cost of the tool needed to install pex rings or clamps. As to the tools for pex fittings, you do get what you pay for. The cheap tools are more difficult to use, they can be a tad sloppy. I had a cheapee crimper and wound up replacing it with a shark bite tool, much tighter tolerances and overall easier to use.
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Exactly what he said......
Also, occasionally a steel PEX ring causes a leak because it is not fully tightened. If you have a PEX clamp tool, and you can get at the PEX ring, all you have to do to fix the leak is to tighten the clamp.

You can easily carry a small selection of clamp rings, 1/2 inch elbows, plugs, and couplings. They don't cost much or weigh much, and don't take up much room.
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The only issue with the shark bite fittings is cost. You soon surpass the cost of the tool needed to install pex rings or clamps. As to the tools for pex fittings, you do get what you pay for. The cheap tools are more difficult to use, they can be a tad sloppy. I had a cheapee crimper and wound up replacing it with a shark bite tool, much tighter tolerances and overall easier to use.
Thanks for the insight.
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Very helpful thread, thanks folks. Here I sit in a campground with a valve (supply to water heater) that broke off at the stem. Thankfully not leaking, but DW is disappointed at having no hot water. Never used pex and don't have the tool. If I open that line and can't completely fix it, we'll have no water at all, so this will wait until we get home.
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