PEX Crimper Improved

Improved PEX Crimper

I’ve been doing a lot of PEX plumbing which involves crimping stainless steel bands. Not the kind of band that plays music but a ring of steel that is crushed by the tool to tighten the PEX plastic tube, the water lines, down on the brass fittings such as Tee’s and adapters in our plumbing system.

Crimping 1/2″ bands or even 3/4″ bands is not so bad. But the 1″ bands, especially in awkward situations, is very difficult. To improve the ease of crushing steel Will added extensions to the handles of one of my PEX band crimping tools. The extra leverage makes it much easier.

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6 Responses to PEX Crimper Improved

  1. Farmerbob1 says:

    Got to love cheater bars for extra leverage. Used to use them all the time in the steel mill. An 18″ pipe wrench with a three-foot piece of schedule 80 pipe can loosen up almost any pipe!

    Of course, sometimes you rip the pipe. Or break the pipe wrench. Old pipe can be a real pain to work with.

    • Thank you for giving a word to the item. For those who are curious, here’s the Wiki page on Cheater Bars. Notice how it describes how the user can become the projectile! Weaponize yourself with care.

      • Farmerbob1 says:

        Definitely. Safety first. You can hurt yourself using a cheater bar. One application of a cheater bar that I definitely suggest for people without a lot of upper body strength is a piece of pipe to extend the length of a tire iron by about a foot. That extra foot of length makes it possible for almost anyone to break loose a lug nut without having to jump on the tire iron, which has it’s own safety concerns!

      • EZ says:

        More often than not, I’ve heard them called “cheater bars” also. But, the first name I knew for them was used by a very large, tough man I knew who worked at an auto salvage yard – he called it his “persuader” as it was, he claimed good for persuading nuts AND recalcitrant customers.

  2. Nance says:

    good for Will!

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