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PEX?? Why not Copper?

hr Member Posts: 6,106
probably more than you would imagine. Make sure you allow for expansion movement,as copper may make more noise as it moves in the fasteners.

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  • DennisF
    DennisF Member Posts: 6
    PEX?? Why not Copper?

    We're getting ready to do a small bathroom and want to install radient heat in it. As it was rading all the specs on PEX and its ability to conduct heat, it hit me that it probrobly isn't as good a conductor of heat as good old copper pipe. Sooooo, if the joists are easely accessable,(they are) why not use copper as the conductor rather than PEX. The only answer I could come up with is that PEX is cheaper (not a big issue in a 60sq. ft. room) and ease of instalation. Anybody got a good reason NOT to use copper?
  • Scott Gregg
    Scott Gregg Member Posts: 187

    has just proven to be better, easier, more forgiving, and quieter than copper as well as a bit less expensive. It also does not react to other materials like copper can tend to do.

    This does not mean copper is not ok of course. I have seen 40+ year old radiant jobs in richmond in plaster cielings that still work! (Of course the reason we now see them is they are "pin holing" from the reaction and age.) Still, 40 years is 40 years...not bad.
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,546

  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,546

  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,546

  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,546

    I chose to use copper for my kitchen remodel floor warming.
    My logic after comparing the cost of buying pex and proper tooling / fittings. Copper ended about the same price. Plus I wanted to experience what the deadmen did in my ceiling radiant install from 52 ish see pic attatched........They earned their money! Now if I were to be installing radiant all day everyday Pex hands down!
  • Jeez Gordon...

    You obviously have WAY too much time on your hands.. You'd make Ken Secor a very happy man. Excellent craftsmanship.

  • Dave_4
    Dave_4 Member Posts: 1,405

  • Constantin
    Constantin Member Posts: 3,796
    Beautiful Work...

    Looks great, Gordon. Like the rest of your home, the kitchen ought to be really comfortable and you can be proud of the job you did.
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,546
    To much time

    Aww,shucks fellas you are to kind. Yeah I got so much time on my hands Mark I can't figure out how to resize me pics.Probably a heck of alot easier than sleeperin my tubing. I willget somemore before a,and after shots when kitchen is done complete. The Lovely Sandy has ruined my night vision with unexpected camera flashes.


    P.S. Ken Secor just clicked...... Now that is a compliment.
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