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OK, let's learn about a type of home plumbing material that is becoming more commonly used called PEX (not "pecs" like on display in the weight lifting photo).

PEX stands for cross-linked high density polyethylene and although the material has been in use since the 1970's, it is now fast becoming the piping material of choice in new home construction and even home remodeling projects.

Although you may find PEX in newer homes, there are many more common types of piping material found in homes depending on their age. For example galvanized pipe is commonly found in older homes and copper pipe is found in homes of all ages and of course still in common use today.

But there are different types of piping used for waste lines, water supply and gas supply. It is important to know which piping material is which and how to identify them so you use the correct material in your home repair projects! I'll also explain what they are used for and how to cut and fasten them together

In the tutorial Types of Home Piping Materials, I will cover the most commonly found piping found in the home such as:

  • Cast Iron, PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride),
  • Chromed Brass,
  • Chromed Copper,
  • Galvanized Iron,
  • Copper (rigid and flexible),
  • CPVC (Chlorinated Poly Vinyl Chloride),
  • PEX; and
  • Black Iron pipe.

So take a read and learn what type of piping you have in your home.


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