Plumbing, Day One

Yesterday we shut off the water to the house. We’re replumbing the house with Wirsbo Aquapex. “Pex” is cross-linked polyethelyne, basically a slightly modified version of the same HDPE you get in Nalgene bottles so it is flexible, inert, and can expand to 3x it’s diameter when frozen. Our plan changed a little yesterday because we were going to a) surface mount the replacement pex and b) install next to the existing plumbing and switch over once it’s ready. Neither actually happened.

Instead, we turned the water off and started demolishing the old plumbing and drilling holes for the new, so we really haven’t gotten too far with the new plumbing except for replacing the main and running one length of pex. Plus, we got to rock out to some great tunes. Sadly, the plumbers involved in the construction of the home figured a 1/2″ main would be sufficient. 1″ or 3/4″ is fairly standard, so our pressure will never be great. We’ll have to drill a new main at some point in the future, but don’t want to drop the two grand yet.

Anyway, it’s time to get back to work and actually do some plumbing and some more rocking out. Today’s playlist will include some Don Cab, Tool, Oxes, and Shellac.

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