DIY How to Install a Shower Valve using Pex Plumbing

DIY  How to Install a Shower Valve using Pex Plumbing


This time Jeff revisits using Pex to install a shower valve. This time we see how to do old fashion torch copper fitting. As well using crimp rings to secure the pex fittings. The shower valve being put in place and inserting the cartridge. This time we do not use shark bite connectors. This is simple plumbing 101 for the home owner. NOTE: Pro plumbers this is meant for the average homeowner. There may be other better ways of doing it but this is as inexpensive as it gets.

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Johnny Feever says:

instead of sweating on a cap crimp on a small piece of pex and cap with a sharkbite cap one ring and 3inches of pex might be 30 cents…. then they dont have to re manufacture

Domonic Viviers says:

omg thank you for using the right crimp rings ive seen people cheap out on those so much and it paid to replace and repair crappy cheap rings
Good Job keep up the good plumbing

Microphonix Virtual Studio says:

Hold it still so we can see it!

drharbord says:

When you measure 2.5 inches back to put that cross piece in for the faucet is that a standard measurement or are they all different?? thanks

Bill2uok says:

Thanks,Youexplained everything that i was wanting to know. This is the exact setup I am doing for a dog wash I have installed. Plumbing has always intimidated me but with pex and videos like yours I feel like I can do it .Thanks again!

Mark Watson says:

The 90s called, they want their shaky, wobbly camera work back.

andus garza says:

if the crimp is the wrong size, how do I remove it

andus garza says:

how close do I crimp

Freddy E. Jimenez says:

thanks for the info… I just finish remodeling my bathroom… without your videos I will be lost… please keep,up,the videos… Thanks again…

kodi kodi says:

its easy to criticize job done by others.. I enjoyed your video and will be watching all others.. Thanks

TheOldGuyPhil says:

Love your videos but to correct your comment at 11:31… HOT water in toilets actually keeps them from sweating. Water condenses on a Cold surface. Toilets sweat from being filled with cold water not hot. Avoiding a sweating toilet is properly done by insulating the tank, or mixing hot water in the toilet supply.

Jeff Telling says:

I recognize I may be asking a question that could be considered similar to discussing politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table…..
I've seen your prior video that included the use of clamp style PEX rings in comparison to the crimp style in this video. Do you have a personal preference and why?

Vincent Gaines says:

This video is good but missing some important elements for long lasting installations.  PEX is a great product and has been in use in Europe for decades now.  Note that the crimp on fittings can leak so it's best to use the solid copper fittings and the proper ring clamp tool for longer lasting and durable fittings.  The up front cost is higher but for fittings that you want to be absolutely sure of for the long run, use the solid rings. Note also, all rings must be installed between 1/8 3mm and 1/4 inch 6mm from the end of the PEX pipe and the PEX pipe must be pushed all the way to the stop on the fitting.  Rings must be 90 degrees square to the pipe fittings, no angle on the ring else water leaks under pressure. Adam Breen is obviously a Plumber and an expert. He has to meet certain requirements in his home country of Australia but the industry world wide is changing quite rapidly thanks to this product.  I live in TEXAS where the plumbers opposed PEX for many years until thieves were stealing all the copper they installed overnight two and tree times. Plumbing companies were going broke reinstalling on new construction.  The local codes were changed in most municipality's years ago.  I have been remodeling bathrooms for years and always find charred wood in the walls where the plumbers installed copper.  The new PEX installations have no charred wood.  Professional plumbers are done with the job in an hour and I don't have to worry about slow smoldering wood erupting into a fire after the end of the day, burning my clients homes down after the workers have left for the day.  If the residents are living in the home, water service can be back on in as little as 15 minutes once the valves are installed. Thousands of plumbers are using this product.  When installed properly, it's great.  Watch several different sources on you tube though.  Jeff did a good job putting this together and video recording but did not mention the critical distances and the importance of using a proper tool and the use of the go no-go gauge to verify the fitting installation.  Watch others, learn and DO IT YOURSELF when you feel confident.

Manohar Menghani says:

Where do you find GO & NOGO gauge? Also are these crimping tools diff for different PEX brass fittings?

Glen Davis says:

How do you determine the depth of the nipple pipe going to your hand held shower drop so as to make sure that it will be water tight and at the same time come out of the wall depth so the wall fixture escutcheon fitting will fit snug to the shower wall and not stick out?

Eric McCormick says:

Do any shower valve's have all PEX fittings so adaptors are not needed? Thank you!

chevywheels56 says:

Mr. Thorman, I appreciate your expertise. I just got thru dealing with my "potty" from hell… It took me 4 days to get that sucker to stop seeping water out of the tank. I guess I may be losing a bit of my 'grip' since I will be 80 this next Christmas…the LORD of Host's willing. Keep up the good videos. I watched a Moen video and they were using PEX and they cut the PEX in half and put a connector between the elbow and the valve. Looked like double the work and a possibility of doubling for a leak. On both sides of the valve. Keep up the good work.! Chevy

P.S.: I've only had to call a plumber once and boy did I get a $224.00 lesson in what to do the next time.! We all need to learn how to "Drain the Swamp."

Rolando Garcia says:

that is nice man to sheer with us, how this works, I'm so thankful with! God bless

Adam Breen says:

to anyone watching this video please do not listen to anything this man says. I am a qualified plumber and will tell you these fittings will not last any longer than 5 years. GET A PLUMBER, YOU WILL BE INSURED AND JOB WILL BE DONE RIGHT. THIS MAN IS NOT A PLUMBER!

Adam Breen says:

You are a joke! If you were to be caught doing here in the UK or Australia you would be fined thousands. Your plumbing is shite!

Mike Hayden says:

Hi there, I just wanted thank you so much for a great video, I am not a plumber but I learned a lot of. Thanks and God bless, Mike. Toronto

James Nowak says:

You are very talented.

Angel Galvan says:

What's the difference between pet and copper tubing?

Richard Irwin says:

You don't use hammer arrestors?



Travis k says:

Has that first connection at the 90 above the valve started leaking yet? That copper ring was barely on the fitting

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