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    Default Gray plastic water distribution pipe - help

    Help, please. This is the first time I have seen this pipe in a home. It is gray plastic and has crimped joints. It is used for the water lines, both hot and cold, in this home. The home was built in 1983. It is a brick home on a slab. Is it poly butylene (sp)? Anything I should know about it before I write this report? Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Gray plastic water distribution pipe - help

    I will post photos as soon as I can figure out how. I think I am having a size problem . . . with the photos.


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    photos of the gray pipe

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    Default Re: Gray plastic water distribution pipe - help

    That second photo says it all.

    Yes, it's poly. Installed in that manner, and in an attic, indicates a re-pipe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom D'Agostino View Post
    That second photo says it all.

    Yes, it's poly. Installed in that manner, and in an attic, indicates a re-pipe.
    Or wait until it leaks, then re-pipe.

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    Default Re: Gray plastic water distribution pipe - help

    Poly, an interesting failure for plumbing. I found a link that may shed light on it for you. What You Need to Know About Polybutylene Plumbing

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    Thanks folks. Richard, that is a good link for the topic. Thanks to you all, the report is submitted and it almost looks like I know something.


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    Your welcome. I may be ugly, but at least I'm handy

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    Default Re: Gray plastic water distribution pipe - help

    Every piece of PB I have found in this area is marked PB2110. Distribution pipes are gray and supply pipes can be blue or gray. I have even found one marked with "Big Blue"

    I hate to find blue PVC or Polyethylene main supply pipes in houses built after 1995. They could be PB that a contractor had left over. What idiot manufacturer decided to produce a blue 3/4" supply pipe other than PB in and after 1995? When I see a blue plastic supply pipe in a crawl space, I HAVE to hunt for the markings on the pipe.

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    Polybutene or Quest. Known to leak if not properly installed, and sometimes even when properly installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Brooks View Post
    I hate to find blue PVC or Polyethylene main supply pipes in houses built after 1995. They could be PB that a contractor had left over. What idiot manufacturer decided to produce a blue 3/4" supply pipe other than PB in and after 1995? When I see a blue plastic supply pipe in a crawl space, I HAVE to hunt for the markings on the pipe.
    BLUE PEX is readily available ... as is RED ... WHITE ... clear, dark earthen-ware red, all kinds of colors - while you may use the "blue" color to look for numbers and codes, you probably should look at all plastic piping for that anyway {I seem to recall that they made PB in that familiar gray color, but the PB was also available in blue (to designate cold water) and red (to designate hot water)}.

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