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Old 01-21-2008, 05:39 PM   #1
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Default Slightly OT: extending water line into garage..?

This is not strictly beer-making yet related;

I am gradually setting things up in the basement, near laundry area, and this wil not really work out well, long-term.

My garage is really a chunk taken out of basement floor plan (think house on a slope).
My plan is to establish a corner of the garage dedicated to brew days, and to run a cold water flexible tubing form laundry area, semi-permanenty attached in place, to one of these laundry plastic sinks on four legs (rinsing, IC feed water, etc, draining to bucket or lawn nearby). The water line will only be "live" when brewing.

I think there is a reinforced water plastic tubing for this "temporary" kind of setup.

Would anybody know the best type to use?

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Old 01-21-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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Disclaimer, I know NOTHING about this.... but my Brother-in-Law is remodeling his kitchen, and tore out a wall...... and while he was in there, he had a friend help him re-plumb all of the 2nd floor feed lines.... he used what looked to me (untrained eye) to be 1/2" silicone tubing?!? bright red, used copper T's and 90's with "zip-tie" style hose clamps on the fittings. Just a thought.

AquaPEX might be the product : http://pexsupply.com/categories.asp?cID=25&brandid= ... but that's just from visually ID'ing it. i'll try to call him and ask.

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Depending on where you live you need to keep the line from freezing, that means going below the frost line.

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I think he means his garage is part of the house, kind of like in this pic :
http://webpages.charter.net/ramesnad/House/Front%20of%20House.jpg

(It's a hair big, I wont bother y'all by inserting it inline)

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Yes, Chriso is right, that is the approximate configuration.

The line would stay in semi-heated areas, no outside exposure.

Chriso, that would be interesting to know the actual source of the material you BIL used.

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It's called PEX tubing, it is molecularly cross-linked Poly-ethylene. Aquapex is one brand, made by a company called Upinor (used to be Wirsbo). PEX comes in potable and non-potable varieties, so make sure you get the correct type. Any consumer plumbing supply house sells it and should be happy to show you how to make the connections. It is fairly easy to work with.

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It's called PEX tubing, it is molecularly cross-linked Poly-ethylene. Aquapex is one brand, made by a company called Upinor (used to be Wirsbo). PEX comes in potable and non-potable varieties, so make sure you get the correct type. Any consumer plumbing supply house sells it and should be happy to show you how to make the connections. It is fairly easy to work with.

Good Luck.
Be warned you will have to rent a tool to attach all fittings, this is good stuff, I just helped a buddy plumb his house with it. Supposed to be better than pvc or cpvc.
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Oh, ok, attached garage. May as well run a seperate hot water tank too, that way you can have it set at your dough in temp, thats my dream anyway. I looked at pex when i was doing my under groudn sprinklers, just seemed too exspensive after renting the tool.

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Sharkbite makes a simple snap fitting for copper and PEX http://www.cashacme.com/. I've seen them at homedepot for around $5 a fitting. I also seem to remember the PEX being cheaper than copper now since the prices have been going up

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I've done a little work with PEX and the plumbing I had done two years ago was all done in PEX. It is as easy to use as any plastic tubing. The fitting sound expensive, but since the piping is continuous, you generally only need two. I had a bit of trouble with a PEX-to-galvanized connector leaking. Extra Teflon tape took care of it. According to the specs, the water in a PEX system can freeze without damaging it or causing leaks. Might check that the hard way tonight or tomorrow night as the temperatures head into the teens.

Contractors around here love it, because unlike copper, it has zero scrap value and doesn't get stolen.

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