where did you get fittings for PE pipe?

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  1. tikicarver

    tikicarver New Member

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    I am replacing a main water line with 1 inch PE pipe.
    I have looked in several stores for fittings and all i can find are the steel fittings below.
    And all they have are the standard hose clamps, like the ones in cars to hold them on.

    The PE pipe is pretty stiff and I'm wondering if the hose clamps will work.
    Are there some other kind of fittings to use on PE pipe?
    If so, where do you buy them? any online sources?

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  2. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    You have to warm the pipe before you insert the fitting. Two opposed clamps should be used as well.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Sharkbite, or similar, fittings would be my first choice for CTS plastic piping underground.
  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Hardware stores don't carry the brass fittings. I get those at plumbing supplies. Ferguson is one that carries them.
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Steel and water on a long-term basis is a disaster waiting to happen...they will rust, it's just a question of time. Why risk it?
  6. tikicarver

    tikicarver New Member

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    yeh, don';t want to use steeel, but so far that is al i can find in the the local stores.

    Lowes did have some brass fittings, but the barbed part that goes into the pipe was pretty short, it would not allow the use of two clamps.
    The one in the photo above is long enough but it is steel.

    there is a Ferguson about a hour drive from me I can go there. Anyone know of an online supplier?

    also what is the preferred way to heat the pipe?
  7. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    Heat gun but 99% of use a torch.......carefully. You can get the same barbed fittings in Nylon too which will not rust but you need to be careful not to over tighten the clamps
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    tikicarver New Member

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  9. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    I buy stainless steel ones from Grainger.
    If you have a local well drilling company, they would also be likely to have them.
  10. hhplumbing

    hhplumbing New Member

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    If your dealing with PE, mostly we use Philmac compression fittings. Very easy to use and it's rated for underground use. note: If philmac is not sold in your area, sharkbite is rated for underground but its not the first product I buy. try and find a similar compression fitting like Philmac.
  11. tikicarver

    tikicarver New Member

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  12. tikicarver

    tikicarver New Member

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    I found these guys. they said they have a distributor in my area.
    http://www.floplastfits.com/products.html

    Now i have to see if they will sell to a DIY guy.
  13. tikicarver

    tikicarver New Member

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    I was able to buy the compression fittings.
    These fittings are 100% better than using a barb fitting.
    Plus they cost less, only $6.50 each.
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  14. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Now all you have to worry about is the male thread snapping off.
  15. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    Normally when working with PE one buys a big enough reel so that only one length of pipe is required for the job. This eliminates the need for any buried fittings. I don't trust plastic pipe fittings, especially threaded fittings, but have never had an issue with the stainless steel ones which are readily available.
  16. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    There is no way that that fitting is better than a barb fitting and no way I would put it underground either.
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