PEX Parts

PEX Parts

I’ve been working on putting together the filter system and source water supply with pressure pump for the butcher shop. This will take our wonderful spring water and filter it further. The filter maker claims that the fourth stage filters even take out bacteria. A water test will tell.

As I write this most of those parts are now mounted on the wall and all connected together. We’re picking up a few more things at the hardware store and then I can finish up.

So close!

Outdoors: 79°F/59°F 2″ Rain, Severe Lightning, Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/62°F

Daily Spark: Perfect is a good goal. It is a horizon.

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6 Responses to PEX Parts

  1. Farmerbob1 says:

    You have got to be feeling a lot like a kid on Christmas Eve, Walter. Make sure someone is around when you finally finish the last few bits. Someone will need to wake you back up when you realize you’ve finally got the butcher shop stage 1 completed and ready for operation :)

  2. I could have sworn your watermark said “Water Hose Jefferies”! So I read it again and saw “Walter Hose Jefferies”. Now I see it.

    A little preconditioning with the “pex parts” got me thinking the watermark was plumbing related.

  3. Dawn Carroll says:

    Walter, do you like using the PEX water system? I am wanting to install bite nipple waterers for my pigs. But don’t know if I can heat tape the PEX pipes for winter use…
    What size PEX pipe did you use to come into the butcher shop?

    • I really like PEX but I would not use it where sun (UV) or pigs could get to it. Both would destroy the PEX tubing. Use iron pipes for nipples. I avoid nipples in our pig watering systems because our freezing weather destroys them and silt plugs them. I would suggest having more than one source of water for the pigs and checking the water daily. Or twice daily even.

      Our solution for winter water is constantly flowing water from our springs that are a relatively warm 45°F year round.[1, 2, 3, 4]

      The water supply into the butcher shop is 1″ tubing which is the same as I did into our cottage. The pipe from the largest spring is 2″ tubing. For outdoor tubing (e.g., plastic piping) I use the black version.

  4. Pat Curry says:

    Did you use the “standard connection” method to do all this Walter? I’ve just started reading up on the Pex stuff and see there’s several methods of connecting the pipe according to I’m interested in replumbing my house and am considering this method. I’ve only used copper and PVC in the past and I’m a little leery of Pex after the polybutylene scare in the past. I know it’s different stuff, but…. :)

    • I use stainless steel crimp bands to clamp the PEX to the brass fittings which with these tools. Follow those links to see images. Personally, I do not trust the push fitting type although I know someone who says they worked fine for her. I like the stainless steel crimps that are deformed under pressure – they never leak if I do them right. The only leaks I’ve had were two where I forgot to do the closure (silly me) and one where there was a small hole in the PEX tubing I had drilled near the end to pull it through the conduit (again silly me not to cut off the end). Neither case was the fault of the crimps. Like you I had only used iron, copper and PVC before. Then I did our cottage in PEX and loved it.

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