From what HVAC school has told us I know this system is supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread to the plumbing field.
It offers a stronger bond than soft soldering or brazing, safer (no flames need) to install, and quicker.
Also from what was said in class it's way faster to install, like night and day faster which will always lead to less cost.
Why is it so much faster, because it is flexible and can be angled with out elbows or as many connectors , and the tube comes in longer lengths than copper pipe does, it's lighter, cleaner (no flux or pipe dope) which all means it can be installed faster.
Sad it can withstand high pressure so we can use it in HVAC.
Now they have a solderless system that a 2 year old can do, it's called sharkbite. It snaps to put together and provides a tight seal, or at least is supposed to. I do not recommend it on a outside wall, or at all.
I made a mistake to allow it to be used in one of our properties as a repair, the plumber swore by it and said it would be cheaper, god knows my company is all about saving $.01 if it could be so I approved it.
Well the plumber changed his tune when we had an indoor swimming pool because of it. The tenant was not home when it broke apart, so while they were at work the water ran all day long and flooded their apartment as well as 2 other units, one on each side.
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Last edited by yny; 01-11-2011 at 08:44 PM.