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Old 03-23-2008, 05:51 PM
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Ever seen one of these?? (Rated G)

My oldest Son is building a new home and has installed this unit which I think is way COOL
All the plumbing for all the fixtures start at this junction box. Each has their own hot and cold shutoff valves that are easily accessible and everything is freeze proof. If you ever need to work on a particular line or fixture, you don't have to shut off everything, just the one.
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:58 PM
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My son had a house with that setup. I really have to wonder if it is worth the cost, but he loved the idea.

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Old 03-23-2008, 07:23 PM
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I had worked on puttying a house for my b.i.l. that had the primary "in" line come loose (before I ever got in it to putty). Guess it made a huge mess....


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Old 03-23-2008, 08:37 PM
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I have seen it on Holmes on Homes................it is supposed to eliminate pressure drop.
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Old 03-24-2008, 12:53 AM
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A friend of mine builds houses in Nevada, he got factory trained in the installation of those systems...he loves the way they work and install. He said he will never do a traditional system again if he can help it.

It also eliminates joints, as you can run continous lines from the manifold to the fixture.


Can you tell that the guy who designed that system was an electrician? That's what I was told, anyway.


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Old 03-26-2008, 03:07 AM
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That's a pretty cool setup
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Old 03-26-2008, 05:51 AM
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I hadn't seen anything but heating run like that before - nice installation

Between the potable water piping and the baseboard hot water heat piping and in a big house with a "fully equipped" basement, I must have 1500 feet or more of .5 and .75 copper tubing. When my house was built in 1972, that was the only way to go. Now with the PEX tubing, it is soooooo much easier to run and by far, a lot cheaper when you factor in labor to install the old copper. Plus, now you can have under floor heating so much easier.

The fittings are kinda expensive as well as their installation tools, but you sure save on sheer numbers of fittings(- or lack of, that is)

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Old 03-26-2008, 07:17 AM
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This house is located in the Piney Woods of East Texas so subfreezing temps is not really a problem, however, freezeless tubing sure is an added convienence along with being able to shut down just one portion for any required maintenance.

I've enjoyed the various comments and I'll pass the positive ones along to my son , thanks
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My friend uses the Vanguard system, (the only one with the "manabloc" like you've shown,) and he told me that it takes about a day to do the plumbing for a whole 2500 FT house.

The materials cost a little more, but it is more than made up for in labor costs for installation.

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We don't woory about frozen pipes much, but the 'no joints' sure does sound good. I wonder how that hose setup would work for compressed air.....
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Learning more about the setup, it sounds like a hell of a deal. We don't have to worry about frozen pipes so I didn't even get that angle. But yeah, sounds pretty cool.

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Old 03-27-2008, 08:47 PM
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Is that stuff the sme as werzbo(sp)?
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My house was built in '56. I had a pipe break under my kitchen floor (concrete slab). My Cal Vet insurance found it was cheaper to replumb the whole house than to repair the leak and retile the kitchen and dinning room so I got all new aquapex paid for by my insurance co. Now it runs through the attic and it takes longer to get cold water to the shower in the summer. It can be brutally hot in the summer sun. I solved that by having them run hot and cold water outside to the back yard and now I take showers outside. No more tile to clean! Only on the windy and cold days I wont shower out there (which doesnt happen very often).

Now if only I could get my wife to take hers out there....
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