Aquapex expansion question (Wirsbo)
Hi all. Quick question. I'm having some plumbing work done in my basement and the guys that I hired typically work with PEX?? as opposed to the Wirsbo Aquapex that is in the rest of my house. They are matching what I have and they are using the expansion tool. They made a bunch of connections in the bath and put some couplings in off the main lines--no problems. However, when the put the connections on for the bar area and then turned the water back on, they have leaks. They were perplexed and very apologetic and kept working on it, but it still leaks a little bit. They are coming back tomorrow to fix it. They were going to check if their PEX stuff with crimps would work with the Wirsbo Aquapex.
My preference is that they stay with the expansion tool and get that done right. I tried to do a bit of research on this stuff and it looks like for the size pipe I have they should be doing 4 expansions and then sticking it on? I have two questions really. Since none of the other joints leak, am I crazy in thinking that it takes a little bit of time for the pipe to "come back" to its normal size and seat on the fitting? Like I said, the first joints they did (and left to seat for awhile while they worked on other areas) are fine.
Last question would be if the answer to my first question is "no, you can turn the water on right away." then what else might be causing these two separate connection to be leaking?
Thanks for any insight you might have
scarring up that brass nipple
I would guess that your problem has been resolved
They had to take something off the manifold
to be able to install the new ine.....
if they somehow scarred or scraped or nicked up that
brass fitting , like useing a serrated pocket knife to cut off the
old band and pipe that was on there........
it can be hell to pay.
you might have to use sand-cloth on any knicks in the brass cause\
you certainly cant change the stub out from the manifold.
the brass nipples have given me greif before
they dont know what they are doing
that looks pretty crappy....they have not used the stuff before..........
it would probably be best to just to re-do it all.....
becareful not to scar up the mainfolds if you are goun to re-use them
the idea is to keep it clean and cut it square...... ane the outer ring should overlap the
inner ring by just a "blonde hair" if you know what I mean.....
they have done those ass backwards and I am surprised
that more are not leaking....
these are the best pics I got of some past stuff this winter with the hair dryer
in a nasty cellar.....,,,,,
click on the first pic....
you should be able to see in this first pic on some half inch elbows the
outer ring is over lapping the innner pipe that " special blonde hair"
and that makes all the difference.... please ignore the rest of this hell hole.....