brass vs. copper PEX fittings

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  1. jm66208

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    Can someone explain the difference? Why choose one over the other. I see both being used out in the field.
     
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Brass, and plastic, fittings usually have a thicker wall, so the openings are smaller than for copper fittings. They may also "crystallize" and become brittle.
     
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Brass may also have lead in it, and that is becoming an issue.
     
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    Only to those who write absurd laws or who are paranoid.
     
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    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Didn't say I was worried, but, the codes prohibiting it are slowly creeping across the country, and everyone dealing with the industry then MUST deal with it.
     
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    As of Jan 1 we all have to deal with it and pass the increased costs on to our customers. The taxpayer takes it in the backside again.
     
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