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Old 04-15-2014, 04:11 PM   #11
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For those doing plumbing repairs on PEX pipe ~ if you don't want to spend the $$ to buy the tools, check with your local rental shop. YOU can rent the crimping tool pretty cheap.

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Old 04-16-2014, 12:01 PM   #12
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Another "quick fix" is the SharkBite brand of fittings. Designed primarily for Pex, but, can be used on any type of pipe; PVC, CPVC and copper. I carry, in my "emergency repair kit", two of the straight connectors and two of the right angle connectors and a straigh valve connector. They are a press fit and don't leak...I've never had one leak and in my re-plumbing of the old farm house, I've used them exclusively on 3/4" and 1/2" lines, both, CPVC pipe and Pex. Good stuff. Get the removal tool and they are even removeable and reusable.



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Old 04-16-2014, 12:39 PM   #13
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To date, I have NOT experienced any plumbing problems with my 2012 toy hauler. And zero major problems of any aspect.

It has been below freezing most nights since I got it out of winter storage so have NOT flushed out the antifreeze and sanitized the water system yet...and it snowed last night too.

Should a leak ever be evident, the information presented by webslave about the SharkBite fittings sound great. I will have to check my local plumbing suppliers to see if they have them in stock should a need ever arise.

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UPDATE: There are no suppliers of 'snakebite' fittings in my area. However, the local Menards (like Home Depot) does carry WATTS QUICK CONNECT fittings. They are simple to install OR remove.

Here is a quick demonstration video:


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Old 04-23-2014, 07:59 PM   #14
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Default Valve handle came off

Happened to me after spring start up, you can see repair.

1st pic, old valves cut out.

2nd pic, is new accessible valve assembly on street side under bed


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Happened to me after spring start up, you can see repair.

1st pic, old valves cut out.

2nd pic, is new accessible valve assembly on street side under bed


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Did you use hose clamps or PEX 'bands' on the new install? If you used PEX bands did you buy the tool or rent it? I just bought all new fitting for mine but I'm using the plastic 'slip on' type fittings for PEX....expensive!

Anyone had experience with using regular hose clamps with PEX?
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:46 AM   #16
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Nice work! I used that same type replacement valve. I have not replaced all the others yet.
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Thinking about the amount of problems that everyone is having with these valves. Question, when you winterize, do you drain the water from these lines by the low point drains, before turning the valves off?
If the valves are turned off before the lines are drained, Water could be trapped between the valve and the hot water check valves, causing this water to freeze, and brake the valve. Just a thought. Jerry
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That's a good question Jerry. What's the point of turning them off? The antifreeze isn't going to hurt the HW tank.
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I used the PEX "bands" and bought the tool, about $20. I'll use it in the house to so I figured it was worth the investment.

I think Jerry's thought is correct, but also I think the water heater has a check valve in the hot water output line built right in the output fitting, has anyone else noticed this?
The antifreeze can't get back into the tank from the hot water line when winterizing.
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Yes, there also is a check valve located on the cold water side also. So if both ball valves are turned off without draining the water from the back side, they will freeze.
I was reading a post on a different forum, and it told on the older trailers, that a check valve on the hot and cold side of the water heater were never used. Don"t ever remember seeing check valves on my home hot water heater. So I removed both check valves on my TT water heater So far no problems. My thinking is when you turn off both ball valves off and drain the water heater all water is removed from the back side of the ball valves
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