A plumbing manifold for hot and cold water for a home-run distribution system is shown. Each line goes directly to each end-use, rather than using a larger trunk line to distribute water throughout the house.
Both PEX and copper are good options; however, both have some advantages and disadvantages as well. PEX is less expensive, and fast to install, while copper is more expensive and can burst in cold weather. Need Live Phone Leads?
PEX tubing and fittings are starting to push copper out of home-handyman (and plumbers') toolboxes. Learn tips for working with it and what all the specialized tools and fittings are for in this article.
PEX expands and contracts more than copper, so don’t stretch it tight. Let it droop a little between fasteners. On long runs, it’s a good idea to install a loop as shown to allow for contraction. Another advantage of the loop is that if you mess up and ne