Will It Bend? PEX Tubing

Nick B

The answer is yes, obviously.  That’s one of it’s main selling points.  It even comes in rolls.  But the real question is will PEX-A bend better than its competition?  Can PEX-A withstand more abuse?  Well we set out to discover the answers for ourselves.  Taking a length of PEX-A and an equally long piece of PEX-B we proceeded to bend and kink the pipe in the same spot over and over again until something happened to one of them.  What were the results?  Watch the video below to find out!  Or skip to the text below it…  Up to you.

So as the video shows, due to the manufacturing process of PEX-A, it can withstand and be repaired from the same abuse that snaps PEX-B in half.  I can assure you that the person bending the PEX both treated them equally and was really good at bending the PEX.  (That person was me.)  So what does this test mean?  What real world applications do these results hold?  It means that if you go with PEX-A you will get a tubing that can be abused more than its counterparts and repaired when it is altered by bending, freezing, or other factors.  Does this mean you need PEX-A for all of your jobs?  No.  You need to decide what tubing will work for your project by factoring in strength, cost, and the fittings you want to use.  Some jobs you will want to go with PEX-B/C.  If you want to learn more about the different tubings follow the links below.

The Types of PEX (PEX-A, PEX-B, PEX-C, PEX-AL-PEX)

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PEX-A, PEX-B, PEX-C

Interested in getting some PEX yourself?  Take a look at our selection.  If you want any other plumbing, heating, or HVAC product be sure to check out the rest of SupplyHouse.com.

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