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my overhead re-pipe project

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A few years back I warned a landlord about the water lines in his 1955 slab rental but he would not listen,,,
and he said he would cross that bridge when it came along....

so last month a cpvc mystery leak in one of the walls that could not be found took out all laminate the floors throughout
the whole home and he had to move a renter into another home..... he even had a leak dectection company come out
and they could not locate the problem buried deep behind the laundry wall

this is the repair mess I had to use sharkbites to rig up about 3 years ago , now its all getting ripped out back to the
copper line at the concrete floor... gonna do it all in aquapex

more pictures will be forthcomming.








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those CPVC gate valves are garbage. and i gotta say, thats the main thing that stood out to me in that picture. the rest kinda is what it is. 馃槀
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those CPVC gate valves are garbage. and i gotta say, thats the main thing that stood out to me in that picture. the rest kinda is what it is. 馃槀
Cpvc is garbage. It鈥檚 the worst of the worst for residential water pipe. It鈥檚 rarely installed properly and that compounds the problems with it.

Its legal, cheap and easy to install
is the only good things I can say about it.
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Re-pipes can be a challenge sometimes.
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Tommy plumber

Re-pipes can be a challenge sometimes.



Yes they can be a challenge and normally they are never very pretty
when completed...... this place is basically a dump in the first place
That PVC drain line has been run all the way around the room to the
opposite wall where they moved the vanity probably 30 years ago..

its all hacked up


Actually the job has come along pretty well, much better than I expected..
I got there today at 1pm and was able to clean it up a lot

now the hot and cold water lines are going through the bathroom wall behind the toilet
over to the mechanical room gonna get boxed in behind the toilet

its about as good as I can make it for an afternoon of fun..

I should be able to do the water heater and run pex lines overhead
to the laundry and kitchen on Monday.... we got the holes drilled at the ceiling
and someone else is gonna make a bulkhead to cover them up later....


yes, I did save some of the sharkbite parts going to the hose bib...


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I make it known that drywal, whatever it鈥檚 going to cost are for access is going to come out. A lot of older homes in this region have tiny, tiny attics and you鈥檙e not crawling through them.
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I make it known that drywal, whatever it鈥檚 going to cost are for access is going to come out. A lot of older homes in this region have tiny, tiny attics and you鈥檙e not crawling through them.

We are just tacking the new lines along the corners of the ceilings
and going down to the laundry and kitchen
and then a carpenter is gonna box them in to hide them....
I wont run anything in the attics any more.//
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Job is completed and it went much easier than I thought it would....

its amazing how fast you can fly with a hand held Milwaoukee expansion tool
and a full complement of wirsbo fittings....
I got there at 9.45 and met my wife for supper at 5.30

I thought ahead and brought a change of clothes
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Re-pipes are profitable. Lots of work though. I bring in a crew of guys and it still is a lot of work.
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Re-pipes are profitable. Lots of work though. I bring in a crew of guys and it still is a lot of work.
This was a small one bathroom slab house .... I flew like the wind yesterday
with the wirsbo tool....

but going up and down the ladder all day long and tacking up 1/2 pex lines has me kind of sore tonight...
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FlowGuard it aint that bad if its installed properly, probably just as good as copper if its not stressed when installed. I'm curious as to how the make up differs from AquaRise as I believe they are both CPVC. I mean who wants their drinking water sitting in glue and I dont care if its dry or inert. PexA is the way to go to.
Nice work.
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