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Old 09-12-2020, 11:44 PM   #11
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I’ve had one call(in 20 years- in Toronto) for a leak in a 1/4” poly tube (ice/water line for a fridge), that a mouse Had chewed threw.
I replaced it with 1/4” copper tubing. And for that, I now only Use 1/4” copper For ice/fridge hook ups.
I’ve never had or heard of mice chewing threw pex, but it’s always a possibility.
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Ive had one call(in 20 years- in Toronto) for a leak in a 1/4 poly tube (ice/water line for a fridge), that a mouse Had chewed threw.
I replaced it with 1/4 copper tubing. And for that, I now only Use 1/4 copper For ice/fridge hook ups.
Ive never had or heard of mice chewing threw pex, but its always a possibility.
I made a post about it, a mouse chewed through it to enlarge the cabinet hole to be able to have a portal from the basement to the kitchen.
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Old 09-27-2020, 11:49 PM   #13
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Used wirsbo for a little while, i never personally had any issues, besided there hub and spigot sweat adaptors. I had a few pin hole leaks with them not sure if its the material its made out of but i just started really cleaning the crap out of them.
I did cut out some pin holes an splits in the pipe itself, 2 of the 3 where in recirc lines...
Never had an issue with it in the cold weather. I only use wirsbo now if its a reno an theres already wirsbo there, i try an keep the pipe the same.
I started using heat link now, also a pex A can be crimped or expanded. Havent had a winter with it yet...should find out soon though.
With some of the brass uponor sweat fittings you're best off to use a tinning flux. Regular flux, and even some of the lead-free specific fluxes just don't just do it. I've had zero issues when using tinning flux. We only use Uponor, and that's really my only gripe with it.

I can also say, I've only had issues in one commercial building only that we did not plumb originally, and they have issues on their 1.5" recirc lines. Too hot, too fast = random pinholes.
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I'm in Eastern Canada. I've only seen Pex-a split from being frozen once, and that was between two valves that were off. Never had an issue expanding cold Pex-a, but you gotta throw a little heat at it to get it to shrink back. No biggie, and worth it. My company has been around for 33 years, and we've been using Uponor since it became available. I live in a house now that my father plumber 16 years ago with Uponor, for example. Very, very, very few issues with it.
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With some of the brass uponor sweat fittings you're best off to use a tinning flux. Regular flux, and even some of the lead-free specific fluxes just don't just do it. I've had zero issues when using tinning flux. ........
I started using rectorseal tinning flux like two years ago on everything, I love it. Every once in a while I would burn a chrome extension but never since I started using tinning flux.

I wanted the oatey version because it contained silver but the supply house carries the 95/5 rectorseal. I was worried at first but it's been fabulous. The solder tends to settle out and you get a layer of straight flux on top which by itself is really good too. When I am worried about looks and don't want silver streaks I dip the brush in the straight flux portion of the jar.

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