Tuesday, February 2, 2010

This Old Cabin - Plumbing #2

In this episode, I will replace the old plumbing with PEX. If you have not worked with PEX, let me tell you it is very easy to work with. The fact that you can do a single run from the manifold to the fixture is awesome. The connections are easy.

What was left over after all the pipes had been cut out. Off to the scrap yard. Got 64 bucks, don't tell Denise.

The cold water manifold for the PEX pipe.
Main water line is hooked up.
Cold water feed going to the hot water tank.

The bathroom cold water feed coming from one side of the attic to the other. I pitched the pipes to help avoid standing water in the pipes when we drain them.

Cold water feed to bathroom

Pic of me in the attic over the utility room. Not a lot of room and lots of nails sticking up and down. Good thing the tetanus shot is up to date.
Here I am stretched out running the hot water feed to the kitchen sink. This was the hardest part of the whole job.
Dee just had to take this pic as I crawled towards the attic hatch.

The hot water manifold.

I pulled down the crown molding far enough down to move the PEX through, but couldn't get it to go back up correctly. So, I ended up pulling the whole piece down, Much to Dee's dismay.

It made a very big mess as the blown insulation got in and on everything.

Got all of the molding back up. Here I am vacuuming the insulation up. Did I mention I hate blown in insulation?
The job is done except for a few connections that I will do later. We also left room for expansion of the water system. I also have some touch up work to do on the moldings. We are also going to build a new cabinet around the pump and manifold.
All in all I had fun doing this project and hopefully no more frozen or burst pipes.


gunn said...

Very happy to hear that it all went well, you will not regret you effort. Congrats.

Bill said...

Thanks Gunn, So far it has definately been worth it.