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Best Pex

Joe_75 Member Posts: 57
Kitec and if you do not have crimpers they make K-1 fittings that do not require crimpers.


  • Scott M_3
    Scott M_3 Member Posts: 32
    Best Pex

    I will be installing some new baseboard heat using 3/4 pex. I was wondering what is the best and easiest brand to work with(Zurn, Therma Pex,Wirsbo hePEXplus). Thanks
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,141
    I like

    the pex al pex products for bb or panel rads. It holds it's shape and doesn't yank on the fin tube. Also less expansion issues. Most of those manufactures offer baseboard fittings that are compression.

    Often times 5/8" tube is adequate for short bb runs. Much easier to work than 3/4"

    hot rod
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • Brad White
    Brad White Member Posts: 2,398
    Kitec and K1's

    are what I used for my Susan's Vitodens install to hook the old radiator risers to the new copper mains. 5/8" did the trick without a lot of wrestling and not a leak.

    Since, I have used it for the occassional added radiator and it is fast becoming a new standard.

    IPEX makes it and they make probably a third or more of the PEX and PAP out there for a number of other companies too.
    "If you do not know the answer, say, "I do not know the answer", and you will be correct!"

    -Ernie White, my Dad
  • J.C.A._3
    J.C.A._3 Member Posts: 2,981
    OUT ON A LIMB.....

    I'm saying this "toungue in cheek"...but Pex is Pex.I'll agree with H.R. that for BB installs PAP is the best!

    The best one for anyone is the one that the local supply house has decided to sell. Getting the system up and running on a weekend night, is FAR more important than who's sticker is on the side of your truck.

    If you happen to live and work in an area like I do, that's alot of parts and tools to carry around. (especially when a homeowner will use the yellow pages on a weekend night to get ANYONE to SHOW UP!)

    I'm a firm believer in finding 1 companies line, and sticking to it. With the right supplier...why would you ever worry?

    Dig further into the "interchangability" threads..and you'll find that MOST...NOT ALL, are pretty close.

    I believe that there are only a few manufacturues of tubing and that they "customize" the tubing in color and composure to suit the name brand. The tubing is about the same...the fittings are changed to protect the manufactures line of making connections to their proprietary product line. JMHO.
  • Ted_9
    Ted_9 Member Posts: 1,718

    If it's available locally, I think Viega's Fosta pex is a great way to go.

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  • J.C.A._3
    J.C.A._3 Member Posts: 2,981

    Me too..but only because I can get my fix with 1 phone call.

    Not only is my supplier local...but I have a way to get things delivered on the drivers way home... sometimes right to my door. If not...They also supply an "aquaintance" right down the street, and I can get MOST things there. I like that !

    It helps me cover my bases in a wide area. That I like.

    I wish everyone had the same options, but I know it doesn't happen. Chris
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