PEX can limit wa­ter flow

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We love PEX. But most PEX tub­ing has a smaller in­side di­am­e­ter than its cop­per coun­ter­part. More im­por­tant, PEX con­nec­tors are much smaller. Some nom­i­nal 1/2-in. plas­tic con­nec­tors have an in­te­rior di­am­e­ter as small as 5/16 in. This can make a dif­fer­ence in your wa­ter flow.


If you’re con­cerned about wa­ter flow, step up the size of the PEX. If you’re re­plac­ing a 1/2-in. cop­per pipe with PEX, for ex­am­ple, use 3/4-in. PEX in­stead of 1/2-in.

1/2" PEX 1/2" cop­per pipe

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