Plas­tic PEX fit­tings are OK

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If you’re con­cerned about us­ing plas­tic fit­tings in­stead of metal for PEX, worry no more. Pro­fes­sional plumbers are buy­ing three times more plas­tic than brass. Brass fit­tings cost about five times as much, which likely has some­thing to do with it. And pros don’t want a call­back to fix their own work on their dime. So ob­vi­ously, pros trust the plas­tic fit­tings. Man­u­fac­tur­ers trust them as well; the war­ranties for plas­tic fit­tings are sim­i­lar if not iden­ti­cal to those for their metal coun­ter­parts.

Metal fit­tings are re­quired, how­ever, where the fit­ting is ex­posed to UV light. Also, no plas­tic pipe or fit­tings can be used within 18 in. of wa­ter heat­ing de­vices. Check your lo­cal build­ing code in case there are other re­quire­ments where you live.

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