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Old 07-17-2017, 01:12 PM   #21
Firebrick43
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Default Re: PEX Crimper Tool Recommendation

Rlitman, the more I thought about it it may be scarce in your area. Union plumbers don't like it as it reduces labor cost. A lot of large cities actually don't allow pex (citing multiple invalid reasons) because of this.
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:58 PM   #22
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Default Re: PEX Crimper Tool Recommendation

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Rlitman, the more I thought about it it may be scarce in your area. Union plumbers don't like it as it reduces labor cost. A lot of large cities actually don't allow pex (citing multiple invalid reasons) because of this.
PEX certainly isn't scarce around here. And I know of no union residential work in my area (commercial yes).

Around here, Propress has reduced labor costs in copper enough to make PEX no longer nearly as competitive. Between that, and the fact that PEX has so many cheaper systems than expansion I think is why the expansion hasn't gotten much traction here.

Look at it this way: how can a plumber upsell the price of expansion fittings, when that price puts PEX into copper price territory? Would you choose PEX over copper when the bottom-line price is the same?
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