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Old 10-08-2005, 06:00 AM   #1
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I am trying to put in a drinking water filter at the kitchen sink. I do not have the expensive tools to use crimp fittings on the pex plumbing under the sink. I have a 1/2 to 1/4 valve with a barb fitting. Can you use stainless hose clamps on the pex barb fittings??
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I am trying to put in a drinking water filter at the kitchen sink. I do not have the expensive tools to use crimp fittings on the pex plumbing under the sink. I have a 1/2 to 1/4 valve with a barb fitting. Can you use stainless hose clamps on the pex barb fittings??
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Old 10-08-2005, 09:45 AM   #3
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Bruce, I'am pretty sure it won't work, you won't be able to get enough compression from the stainless fitting to stop any leaking, what I would recommend would be a small piece of plastic flexible tubing on the end and than the stainless clamp could be used at either end. Ed.S
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Old 10-08-2005, 10:30 AM   #4
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You can't use the worm drive clamps but you also don't need the Pex crimp tool (although most rental yards do have them for rent). You can use reusable fittings such as Flair-It or Seatech. My Suncruiser came with the Flair-It fittings and Tiffin Motorhomes uses the even better Seatech fittings. No tools at all required for these and you can remove a line from the fitting with 2 fingers if needed. You could stop at any RV dealer who handles these brands for fittings and/or tubing. If you have a few of these, some memnders, and a hunk of poly line you can handle any on the road emergencies easily and by yourself.
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I had to fix a leak this past winter and I bought a Block Crimper from PexConnection.com which worked real well for me. I agree the $48 cost for the tool to use it once is expensive but it seemed cheaper than taking the rig to a dealer and having them charge to do the job. I rationalized it'd probably cost almost that much for diesel fuel to pull the trailer there.

I used it once, drop by and I'll let you use it on your rig.
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Gear clamps of any description are not recommended for use with PEX. I needed to do something similar to you and I was able to rent the crimper from Home Depot for $5.00.
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Here is a link to everything you wanted to know about PEX.

Click on PEX
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All the PEX stuff can be bought at Home Depot or Lowe's.

Forget the dealers.
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