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3/4"...to buy a dozen, overkill, most people would need the 1/2" fittings in this quantity. But straight fittings? Unless you want to keep one on hand to repair a line that you accidentally cut (voice of experience here 😕), that would be the only need for this type of fitting. Only a good deal if you consider the scrap value of brass.
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3/4"...to buy a dozen, overkill, most people would need the 1/2" fittings in this quantity. But straight fittings? Unless you want to keep one on hand to repair a line that you accidentally cut (voice of experience here 😕), that would be the only need for this type of fitting. Only a good deal if you consider the scrap value of brass.
I am considering replacing all the existing copper piping in my house with PEX. Would you recommend it over copper? The cost or installation process is not a worry for me, my main concern is durability and personal health. I can't find a definite answer for either reason. Some sites claim PEX is not as durable as copper and also PEX can leech chemicals into your drinking water. Any thoughts? I just want to replace the water pipes once and not worry about it ever again. TIA.
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3/4"...to buy a dozen, overkill, most people would need the 1/2" fittings in this quantity. But straight fittings? Unless you want to keep one on hand to repair a line that you accidentally cut (voice of experience here 😕), that would be the only need for this type of fitting. Only a good deal if you consider the scrap value of brass.
I agree with you that a dozen is a ton more than most homeowners would typically need/want to have around. I would be happy with 3-4 on the shelf. But these run $7+ at the big box stores, so I figured I would go ahead and do a buy 3 get 9 free deal and have a box of extras around for buddies or just in case.
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I am considering replacing all the existing copper piping in my house with PEX. Would you recommend it over copper? The cost or installation process is not a worry for me, my main concern is durability and personal health. I can't find a definite answer for either reason. Some sites claim PEX is not as durable as copper and also PEX can leech chemicals into your drinking water. Any thoughts? I just want to replace the water pipes once and not worry about it ever again. TIA.
Why do you want to replace your copper, leaks? Its still by far the gold standard for water supply piping and has a long track record of working fine.

If you have old lead solder or corrosive water that is pinholing it, then yeah re-pipe. I'd recommend the Uponor pex, its what the pros use. Stay away from the home store stuff, and never hide sharkbites where they cant be accessed.

Pex is good in terms of the pipe itself, its just the variety of fittings and crimping styles that are the weak point. There is yet no perfect system, just better.ones. With copper, the fittings and solder are usually the tough point, and any leaks are usually from the pipe itself corroding.
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I agree with you that a dozen is a ton more than most homeowners would typically need/want to have around. I would be happy with 3-4 on the shelf. But these run $7+ at the big box stores, so I figured I would go ahead and do a buy 3 get 9 free deal and have a box of extras around for buddies or just in case.
On this kind of deal, I always tell my wife that they will sell well in the estate sale LMAO
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I had 30+ year old copper pipe that was pinholing, probably from overchlorination of water from a cistern (combination of rainwater collection and trucked water) that was my supply before I was able to get a water hookup from a municipal source. I used a combination of Sharkbite, Gatorbite, and copper crimp ringed fittings, and have went over 15 years without problems so far. The PEX was the only variety that Lowes sold at the time, so it was nothing exotic. I see the issue of "chemical leaching" as fear mongering hyper-environmentalism... a web search brings up vague references of a Purdue University study, along with many biased speculative sites, it'll take a lot more than that to convince me that there is a real problem.
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Why do you want to replace your copper, leaks? Its still by far the gold standard for water supply piping and has a long track record of working fine.

If you have old lead solder or corrosive water that is pinholing it, then yeah re-pipe. I'd recommend the Uponor pex, its what the pros use. Stay away from the home store stuff, and never hide sharkbites where they cant be accessed.

Pex is good in terms of the pipe itself, its just the variety of fittings and crimping styles that are the weak point. There is yet no perfect system, just better.ones. With copper, the fittings and solder are usually the tough point, and any leaks are usually from the pipe itself corroding.
My copper pipes have pits that on one spot that I know of, is causing a leak. Thus, I'm a little hesitant to go with copper pipes again if pitting is going to be a potential issue. I am interested in the uponor pex, but if I'm not mistaken, I thought uponor pex leeches chemicals at high temps?
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Wow nice price
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What an oddly specific front page item. in for 1 🤣
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My copper pipes have pits that on one spot that I know of, is causing a leak. Thus, I'm a little hesitant to go with copper pipes again if pitting is going to be a potential issue. I am interested in the uponor pex, but if I'm not mistaken, I thought uponor pex leeches chemicals at high temps?
Also have to consider how old those pipes are, what type of copper was used. I'm a union pluming apprentice and the old farts will only mess with Cooper. Make sure it's type L
For anything buried underground you want type K
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My copper pipes have pits that on one spot that I know of, is causing a leak. Thus, I'm a little hesitant to go with copper pipes again if pitting is going to be a potential issue. I am interested in the uponor pex, but if I'm not mistaken, I thought uponor pex leeches chemicals at high temps?
My parents have copper, lots of pin hole leaks over the year, and the inside of those pipes are not pretty at all.

We did my house all in pex, I have noticed one elbow is slowly dripping blue gunk, I haven't seen inside any of them yet. I would say the pex definitely won't have a pinhole issue, maybe just need to replace a leaky connection every now and then. My house is going on 8 years old.

I choose pex, mainly for no pin holes, and it is rediculously easy to repair once you have the crimpers.
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I am considering replacing all the existing copper piping in my house with PEX. Would you recommend it over copper?.............. TIA.
Unless you are drinking HOT water from existing copper pipe I would NOT be concerned of joints leaching into water. Don't replace.

If new then a quality grade PEX. NO CRIMPS.

PEX is great for ease of installation. Poly and copper are safe.

If set on replacing PEX will be the easiest and quickest changeover.
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On this kind of deal, I always tell my wife that they will sell well in the estate sale LMAO
My spouse has suggested a DUMPSTER will follow the day after my demise.............Wall of shame!
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