took a trip to my neighborhood
Home Depot to see what was
selling. At the time of publication,
10 feet of 1/2-inch Type M copper pipe (the type typically used
for water lines) sold for $11.81,
which equates to $1.18 per linear foot. On the other hand, a
50-foot coil of 1/2-inch PEX pipe
sold for 13.96, which equates to
only about $0.28 per linear foot.
TECHNIQUES Push-fit Connections. Soldering
copper pipe requires hand tools
such as a propane torch, a flux
brush, a pipe-cleaning tool and a
pipe cutter. It’s a time-consuming
process. However, copper pipe
can also be installed with the
same modern push-fit connections
that work with PEX and CPVC.
Push-fit connections provide the
fastest and easiest method to connect PEX, copper or CPVC pipe.
After making a square cut on the
pipe, mark the depth of the pipe
that will be housed in the push-fit
Simply push the pipe into the
push-fit connector until it clicks.