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The Most Popular PEX Connection Methods

The Most Popular PEX Connection Methods

Pipe pressing used to be limited to professional workers but the availability of a wide range of pipe pressing tools in the market has allowed everyone to practice their skills. Pipe pressing and pipe tubing are not easy and there are several methods through which you can do it. If you are new to this field, you might be looking for information to shed more light on the process.

PEX plumbing is done by using four methods commonly:

    • Crimping
    • Pressing
    • Clamping
    • Expansion


The most famous method for PEX connections is crimping for which you will need pipe crimping tools. You will need other tools used in this method as well. For example, pipe crimp fittings and pipe crimp rings are essential to perform the task.

In order to avoid any leaks in feature, most of the professionals suggest using a go/no-go gauge. This will enhance the quality of your pipe connection. Moreover, if you are a beginner and get it wrong in the first time, you can also use de-crimping tools to undo the connection and tighten it.


The second most popular type of connection method is the pipe pressing commonly used by plumbers and professionals. This is the oldest type of pipe connection as it is easier in many ways. Usually, it provides the quickest option of creating a connection. With the help of a high-quality pipe pressing tool, you can easily learn the task too.

So if you want to polish your old fashioned pipe connection skills, this one should be your go-to.


For most of the part, pipe crimping and pipe clamping are similar to each other in many ways. However, one thing that sets them apart is the pipe rings. Moreover, you will be using a pipe clamping tool instead of a pipe crimping tool.

One of the reasons that beginners start with pipe clamping is that the clamps can self-adjust. This means that one pipe clamp can be used for working with tubes of different sizes. Moreover, pipe clamping rings are made from stainless steel which is seen as a better and long-lasting option.


And lastly, there is the expansion method. Professionals choose this method for PEX connection because it tends to last forever and is easier to perform compared to the other three. This is majorly due to the fact that for expansion, oversize fittings work. You will not have to worry about getting the right pipe pressing tools etc. However, while this might be a reliable method, it comes at a cost. Its budget puts off beginners and hobbyists. Not to forget the fact that it is quite difficult to redo in case you make a mistake.

Which One to Try?

All of the four methods are used commonly by professionals or amateurs trying it at home. However, it is up to you to decide which one you are willing to try. With the help of a sturdy pipe pressing tool, pipe crimping tool and expansion tools etc. you will be ready to get to work.
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