What part of the country are you from?
I have a 2 story house, with copper pipes in the slab. I just repaired my second pinhole leak at the slab and I am not doing it again.......
I want to repipe with pvc & cpvc.
My water main comes into the house at the garage. What I am thinking about doing is cutting the main, right after the spigot, bring it thru the garage wall, and straight up to attic. In the attic that is over the garage, I can build a manifold, and pick up the hot water (the water heater is in the garage, so I can run a pipe back down to the tank, and then a pipe back up to the attic) so I can keep my hot and cold water pipes in close proximity of each other.
From the attic I should be able to branch off and get to all the fixtures by dropping into the walls from above. The only problem I see is with the kitchen, since it is on the other side of the house, and there is no attic above it. Just a space large enough to contain the HVAC ducts, and insulation.
I figure I have 2 options.......
1. I can go under the driveway, along the side of the house, and then enter thru a kitchen wall. Or...
2. From the attic, I can run pipes all the way thru that ceiling space and out the soffet. Then down the side (the outside) of the house, and come thru the kitchen wall.
I'm trying not to overthink this too much........
How's this for a first post??? :lol:
Last edited by Terry; 07-09-2006 at 10:44 AM.
Inside can be only CPVC; not PVC. I would stick with all 3/4", unless you find that you need bigger.
You can run the pipe where most convenient. But you want to consider temperature variations in the attic and in hot water pipes. CPVC has a very high coefficient of expansion (Google for the numbers) and you will have temperature ranges of more than 100 F in the hot water line.
It is very important to consider how things are going to expand when you install supports. You don't want a hard support right at the end of a long straight run where it will prevent expansion or contraction.
You can probably get expansion joints but I prefer to deal with expansion by layout.
You can take care of expansion and contraction by putting right angles in the runs, even if you don't need them. You have probably seen big U shapes in above ground pipelines. Those are to accommodate expansion and contraction.
If you insist on CPVC, you need to be aware of that CPVC and copper pipe sizes do not compare. CPVC has a much smaller inside diameter than copper of the same size. In other words, 1/2" CPVC is more like 3/8" inside whereas copper is a true 1/2". This makes a huge difference on the volume of water the pipe can carry, so CPVC must be sized larger than copper. Running your pipes in the attic will mean you will never have even cool water in the cold pipes in the summer.
I'm about 50 miles from you; I had the same problem, both leak and kitchen layout. I re-plumbed overhead with CPVC, but used a 3/4" manifold with 1/2" branches (individually valved). If I had it to do over again, I'd use 3/4 all the way, as Bob recommends.
I solved the kitchen problem by bringing the pipes down an inside wall, then routed them under the lower cabinets' kick-space around to the sink. I put a false front on the kick-space, painted it black, and you can't see the difference. If some future owner decides to nail something to the kick panel he might get a surprise, but otherwise it's working fine.
Cold water is warm at the end of the day, since it's spent the day in a 120 degree space, but that's why God made water-in-the-door refrigerators. Bob's caution re CPVC expansion is well taken. When the hot water warms up the pipes under the cabinets, you can hear them squeaking as they expand and slide in their channel in the woodwork. Someday maybe I'll take off the false front (it's not fastened permanently) and lube the pipes with something, but it's not bad enough to bother me right now.
In the attic, the mainifold is about 80' long, which will expand about 3 1/4" over a 100 F degree temperature differential -- that needs to be taken into account when you lay out your pipes and position pipe hangers. I had to go around a chimney (roughly in the middle), so the big U in the line absorbs half of the expansion.
Last edited by Mikey; 06-30-2006 at 01:24 PM.
have you considered using pex?
Some great points, guys.........thanks.
Cold water that is never cold???? Nobody drinks the nasty tap water in Fla anyway. :lol:
I've never worked with PEX before, but I've done alot with PVC in and around my pool, so that's where my comfort level is.
I will use CPVC throughout the house. Thanks for the expansion tips. (how do pipe hangers allow for expansion? or do you just not make them tight?)
I plan on using 3/4 all the way.
This site is awesome.........thanks, again.
(how do pipe hangers allow for expansion? or do you just not make them tight?)
I just used the hangers I found at HD or Lowe's -- the pipe can slide through them easily. When I first started installing them, I wondered why they were such a sloppy fit. Now I know. In one Website that discusses the expansion issue, they make a distinction between hangers that are "guides" and those that are "restraints". It looks like the big-box hangers are all "guides".
When I was in India, the cold water was so warm you would have no problem forgetting to turn the hot water heater on! You could save some money by putting the water heater in the attic. Or at least a lot of pipeing to it--zig zag.Originally Posted by Pewterpower
I'd imagine that warm-cold water would be better than cool-hot water. You spend most of your money in warming cold water, not cooling the water. You through some ice in the water if you want it cold, or keep it in the fridge.
My thoughts exactly.
I have a solar power water heater, so there is no money spent on elect there. And nobody drinks the cold water anyway, we get it from the door in the fridge.
If I wanted to keep the cold water pipes cooler, though, is there a trick to doing it? I've read that insulation is a waste of time.........
Trick? No not really...don't plumb it where it will get it hot, or put in an inline water chiller. If you put them underground, they'll stay cool too.
I'm actually in the market--once the kitchen remodel is done--for a chiller for my aquarium (120G Saltwater FOWLR). It's similiar to what you could use, but much lower temp drop and lower flow.
When coming off of the main, how soon do I need to bring the pipe "inside" the house?
Another option I am considering is running the main pipe up the side of the house, all the way to the 2nd floor attic, and then entering the house. I wouldn't leave the pipe exposed, of course, I would protect it with that flashing/guard/channel stuff that you see the AC lines in. Would CPVC be OK for this type of application, or should I use copper just for the "outside" portion?
I just found this website http://www.toolbase.org/techinv/tech...chnologyID=296 that has some very helpful videos. This stuff seems to be pretty easy to work with. I need to look further into the costs of the materials, tools, fittings, manifolds, etc........Originally Posted by toolaholic
When you select PEX you need to consider the ID, even more than with CPVC.
1. When changing directions to go through a hole of any kind, the hole doesn't move and you need to leave some place in that line to accommodate the change in length.
2. Don't clamp a pipe just after you turn a corner from a long run, unless you have planned to accommodate all of the expansion somewhere else in the line.
3. A wire hanger makes a good support in an attic because it accommodates motion in all directions except down, which is where you want support.
4. If you can install a running board in the attic to lay the pipe on, that makes a good support.