New Shower and Tub Installation and Copper Pipes

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Posted by: from Maple Ridge
11/5/2011 at 8:28:07 PM


I'm building a bathroom as a part of my finishing basement project. The house is 5 years old and all the plumbing is done with the plastic pipes. Do I need to make the shower and tub piping using copper pipes and supply them with plastic pipes or can I avoid the copper pipes?

Thank you!

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Date/Time11/6/2011 at 10:32:19 AM

Hi Konstantin, congratulations on taking on a major project like this!

There are PEX adapters that will connect to any plumbing fixture so you can continue with the plastic pipes if you wish. The best way to find out is to check with your local building permit office. They will let you know if you are following the current codes and will also perform the inspections to ensure you are doing it properly and safely.

If you have any problems or questions, you should post your requirements in the projects section so you can get local contractors to respond.

Good Luck with your reno!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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Date/Time11/15/2011 at 7:21:04 PM

It is totally fine to use pex pipe for your shower just remember you need copper for your tub spout . Also if you are planning on haveing a hi flow shower head it is best to use copper because the fitting don't restrict the flow as much as pex does . If you have any plumbing questions please call me Daniel from specialty plumbing @604 765 3965 thank you

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Date/Time11/15/2011 at 7:38:57 PM

Hi Konstantin

Pex is easy to use and will do for all but one joint in your tub/shower. You must use copper for the spout to valve connection. Just a word, it is hard to find S (straight thread) fittings for the shower valves, check if your valve takes nps or npt type fitting its important .

John Miller

Superior Handyman

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Konstantin in Maple Ridge
Date/Time11/16/2011 at 11:39:59 AM

Thank you for your replies.

I decided to go with the copper pipes for both shower and tub.

Thanks again.

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