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Big cost difference to re-pipe house!!

July 17, 2014 at 11:25PM

I did ask about PEX to the 20K guy and he said it was cheaper but he didn’t recommend because of two things (rats could chew through it and you could accidently hit a nail through it while hanging a picture). Seems like everyone does copper around here from what I can tell. I will ask him to requote it with PEX though. Also, if jobs are city inspected would you worry why the big cost difference? THANKS!!

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July 28, 2014 at 9:24PM

In general–and especially in your case–I’d go with the Mom Pop shop. Besides the outrageous and prohibitive price diff, I’m betting you can easily determine the name(s) of the Pop shop plumber(s) who will ACTUALLY BE DOING THE WORK (e.g. Pop himself), look up their state licensure, skill level (journeyman/master), any past complaints, etc. for similar reasons, they’ll be WAY more likely to stand behind their work.

Big franchise will send whomever .gov is subsidizing on the latest prison-to-work program. HIDE yer daughters! =:O

Nota bene: Copper tubing ( pipe ) comes in 3 weights (wall thickness), K, L, and M, heaviest to thinnest, also Most to Least expensive. pros consider M not durable enough for most applications, except TPR downspout on water heater, and similar near-zero duty cycle applications. L-weight is the norm, K typically only for buried or cast-in-concrete runs. MAKE SURE THIS IS IN THE QUOTENothing wrong with running copper on the exterior in NON-freezing climes–done all the time here in So-Fla. would be foolish (and probably against Code) to do so with PEX. Also not sure if PEX is *paintable*, but copper certainly is, and paint, combined with very high height (screened by eaves/soffit/fascia/etc.) or very low height (screened by landscaping), makes the copper runs very inconspicuous.

PLEASE report back with your results, so as to close the learning loop for all who trouble to come here. Thanks and good luck.

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July 28, 2014 at 11:19PM

We are going with plumber #3 (also a small mom and pop business). My GC friend recommended him and I’ve been happy with his follow up and honesty so far.
I checked and we can use PEX here (Palm Desert, CA) but it is against code in Palm Springs. (the next city over. Go figure!). So we are doing PEX inside the house, and the one run that will be on our back exterior wall going to the master bath will be copper inside a conduit. His price is $5400 which may be a little high considering we are using mostly PEX but I feel confident with him. Permit is being pulled today and work should start shortly. Fingers crossed everything goes as smoothly and cleanly as possible! LOL. )

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June 10, 2016 at 1:30PM

I am living in a house (3bdrm/2 bath) that was built in 1969. The pipes have never been changed from what the home inspector reported when I bought the house 2 years ago. How often should we change our water pipes?

I do notice that after a short vacation when we return and turn on the water, the water is brown to yellowish. I know that we are running galvanized steel underneath the house to run the water. I live in a 1 story house in San Jose, CA.

I’m a novice when it comes to plumbing but ask me any computer question and I can answer it.

So my questions are:

1. How often should we change our pipes?

2. After reading everyone’s comments look like PEX is the way to go?

3. Any one from the SF Bay Area and have any recommendations on plumbers to do it? I know, I can use YELP. But like recommendations. Thanks.

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June 10, 2016 at 1:36PM

Mrwong, our house was built in 1929 and we still have most of the original galvanized plumbing.

If you are getting sediment from your water service line, changing your internal plumbing won’t do anything about that. You’ll need to change your water service, and that will likely cost you several times the cost to replumb your house, depending on how long the distance is between the curb-stop and the house, and whether it runs under your driveway or any other concrete.

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