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Old 04-04-10, 11:15 PM   #11
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bought the same one the other day so I could plumb in some pex to the tankless heater I just installed. All I can say is they work, I think it would be much easier to do with a bolt cutter style instead of multiple squeezes with the vise grips but hey its 25 bucks and it does the three main sizes, not to mention you could probably get this baby in some tight spots.

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Old 10-27-10, 11:40 AM   #12
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Any updates on how these work? I'm looking to possibly pickup a tool. For as much as I'd probably use it, I don't want to spend a ton.
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Old 10-28-10, 08:43 AM   #13
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bought the same one the other day so I could plumb in some pex to the tankless heater I just installed. All I can say is they work, I think it would be much easier to do with a bolt cutter style instead of multiple squeezes with the vise grips but hey its 25 bucks and it does the three main sizes, not to mention you could probably get this baby in some tight spots.
I like the "tight spots" feature. And, for the amount of crimps needed by the average DIYer, the price is right.
Even if it takes an extra 30 seconds on each crimp.

I'm planing to start work pretty soon, so I'll report on the tool at some point..
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My little project I was thinking of doing was adding heat traps to my water heater. I just spent the other night insulating the pipes and noticed those pipes were quite warm! So, I really only need to make an amazing 4 crimps.
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Old 12-01-10, 12:24 AM   #15
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I just got through replacing the plumbing in my house with PEX.

In the beginning, I tried the bolt cutter style crimper and the copper rings, but I switched to the "cinch" style that uses this kind of ring:


...and this kind of crimper:


The cinch rings are a bit more expensive, and the cinch crimper is cheaper and smaller.

The cinch crimper grabs the ring on the 'cinch' on the side. Once you start squeezing, a ratchet engages. You can't remove the tool until the chinch is complete. You don't use the 'Go, No-Go' tester thingie.

I had a couple of leakers with the copper ring style, and NO leakers with the cinch set up. Also the cinch crimper is shorter and easier to manage in tight spaces, because you just need to grab onto the cinch on the side of the ring.

The guys at the hardware store told me that plumbers were telling him that the cinch style was less likely to loosen up with temperature cycling.

Lastly, if you need to remove a cinch ring (I did because of a plumbing error, not a leak), the cinch ring is easier to remove without damaging the PEX, than the copper ring.

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Old 01-21-11, 04:06 PM   #16
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I agree with you AC HACKER. The tool and the clamps are especially cheap, but I've had no leaks on PEX connections for three year now. Did you get yours on line?
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I agree with you AC HACKER. The tool and the clamps are especially cheap, but I've had no leaks on PEX connections for three year now. Did you get yours on line?
My wife has been bugging me to fix the hot water mix..
But, so far.. Nope.. I'm procrastinating this one.
That I'm hoping to get to it after I finish up with some solar stuff..
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Old 01-25-11, 12:54 AM   #18
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I agree with you AC HACKER. The tool and the clamps are especially cheap, but I've had no leaks on PEX connections for three year now. Did you get yours on line?
I got mine at a local Lowes that is a couple of miles from my house. Not as cheap as on line, and I needed them right away.

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