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Uponor Flexible Plumbing Makes Historic Retrofit Possible

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 2, 2014 7:27:00 AM

A MASSIVE RENOVATION of the old Portland Press building in Portland, Maine, is underway. I took a tour last week through the building to chronicle its sustainability efforts. Like many buildings erected in the 1920s, it was built with vast amounts of concrete, framed with huge steel i-beams. According to project manager Alyssa Parker, crews have faced some daunting work drilling through that concrete, to make way for a completely new plumbing system. One smart move was to specify PEX-a-Pipe tubing from Uponor. Not only is the stuff color coded, it's also forgiving, and this particular brand of PEX is one of the most flexible. It forgives and bends easily around ancient beams and mechanicals.

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PEX Plumbing: Flexible Retrofit

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

May 28, 2010 2:27:00 PM

With the ability to bend without special tools or heat, PEX tubing makes an ideal plumbing solution when it's time to repair or remodel. It can also connect easily to existing copper.

A COUPLE OF COPPER PIPES DEVELOPED A LEAK under my sink this week. To be fair, it wasn’t the PEX Plumbing with Crimping Toolcopper that gave way, it was the old solder, put in 30 years or so ago. And it wasn’t a fast leak. I had time to react before much damage had occurred.

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