Vanguard pipe with Ipex Fittings?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by caracal, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. caracal

    caracal New Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    Mixing PEX Brands

    Is it ok to mix PEX brands ?

    I have some Vanguard Vanex pipe with Ipex fittings and rings.

    I'm also using a Mil3 crimpmaker.

    The fittings are F1807 and line is F876 F877, which seem to be standard..
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2007
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    PEX and IPEX are two different materials. They use different fittings and different crimp tools, so which one are you using?
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  4. caracal

    caracal New Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    I'm using PEX,

    I was referring to IPEX as a brand.. the PEX fittings I have were manufactured by the company IPEX. They are standard PEX with F1807 stamped on them.

    They are not for the IPEX Aqua or other systems.

    I've been told by the Vanguard guy not to mix their Vanex PEX line with other brand of PEX fittings because the crimp will end up too tight.. for example go out to home depot and get some PEX fittings, according to him it's not good, they must be Vanguard brand.. It doesn't make any sense to me.. they all look the same and have the same F1807 stamped on them.

    I've read posts of people mixing four different brands of PEX within a system without problems.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2007
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    All it needs is a few thousand'ths difference and things won't work...keep your pex and fittings from the same manufacturer or risk potentially costly surprises. At least then you've got one place to complain to; otherwise, you'll get caught up in a finger-pointing exercise.
  6. caracal

    caracal New Member

    Oct 24, 2007

    how about the crimper? can I use the Mil3 crimper or I need same manufacturer for the crimper too? on pexinfo is says the Mil3 is compatible with the standard ring.
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