How To Go From Galvanized to Pipe PEX Replacement Pipe
With all of the modernizations going on in the home improvement industry, you do not want to be left out. Home building techniques are constantly being updated. If you have galvanized pipe in your home you have probably had some leaks. With that type of pipe, rust is inevitable and homeowners are converting to the much more reliable Pex pipe.
1. PEX piping. You can easily figure out what size you need by measuring the diameter of the pipes you are replacing. There are three colors available: blue (cold water), red (hot water), or white (universal).
2. Plastic sheeting, to protect the areas you are working in.
3. 2 pipe wrenches.
4. PVC/plastic tubing cutter. You’ll use this to cut your PEX.
6. Sharkbite PEX adapters.
7. Teflon tape.
8. A saw capable of cutting metal, such as a hacksaw or a reciprocating saw.
9. A few containers to catch any water that may drip from the open pipes.
10. WD40. This is extremely helpful for removing the galvanized pipes.
11. Water meter key. Required to turn off the water at your meter.
STEP 1: Turn off ALL water sources to your house. It is advised that you do this at the water main and the water meter.
STEP 2: Open all your faucets, inside and outside of the house, and flush your toilets. This is to purge as much water as possible from your water lines.
STEP 3: Put down plastic wrap and put containers under the piping areas you are going to cut to catch any water that leaks out.
STEP 4: Cut the pipe you are going to replace somewhere in the middle that way you can turn and remove both parts.
STEP 5: Spray a generous amount of WD-40 onto the joints your pipe is connected to. If possible, try to get some into the threading itself. Wait about 10 minutes for the WD-40 to do its thing.
STEP 6: Remove your old pipes. Using your pipe wrench, unscrew the pipe while gripping the joint you’re removing it from with your other wrench.
STEP 7: Wrap your PEX adapter going clockwise with Teflon tape.
STEP 8: Screw the PEX adapter into the joint.
STEP 9: Cut your PEX tube with your PVC cutter and mark one inch from the end. Make sure the cut is nice and clean.
STEP 10: Push the end of your PEX tube into the adapter, all the way to the mark you made.
STEP 11: Repeat steps 9 and 10 for the other end, and you are done!