Water Supply Connections

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by mdk, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. mdk

    mdk New Member

    Apr 8, 2010
    What is the preferred method plumbers use for water supply connections to the water heater, hard plumbed with copper pipe or copper flex lines? This is in Southern California if it makes any difference. Local codes allow both methods. Just wondering which way is best and more professional looking.
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    It depends somewhat on local code.

    I'm in earthquake country, so they like to see flex's here.

    Some parts of the country, like solid piping.
    Flexes come in copper, stainless, and braided.
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  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    If you are going to do the installation yourself, you will find the flex pipes much easier to fit. Solid piping requires more precise pipe fitting. Of course, you have to heed local codes.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    I have not installed a residential water heater using anything but flexible copper connections in decades.
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