- 1 What size are water heater lines?
- 2 Should I use Teflon tape on water heater supply lines?
- 3 How far does PEX need to be from water heater?
- 4 How much should a 50 gallon water heater cost installed?
- 5 Can you use flex pipe for water heater?
- 6 Can I replace my own water pipes?
- 7 What size is the inlet and outlet on hot water heaters?
- 8 What is the standard size water supply line?
- 9 Why is PEX banned in California?
- 10 Does reducing pipe size increase pressure?
- 11 Does Teflon tape stop leaks?
- 12 How many times do you wrap Teflon tape?
- 13 Should I use plumbers tape on supply lines?
What size are water heater lines?
In most cases, the main pipeline from the street to your home is either 3/4 or 1 inch in diameter, supply branches use 3/4-inch-diameter pipe, and pipes for individual components are 1/2 inch. Standard these days is 3/4, standard used to be 1/2.
Should I use Teflon tape on water heater supply lines?
No. “Teflon tape” is used on the threads of joints, not to seal leaks outside of joints. It’s not adhesive like tape, so it wouldn’t stick to the outside of the pipe at all.
How far does PEX need to be from water heater?
604.11. PEX shall not be installed within the first 18 inches (457 mm) of piping connected to a water heater.
How much should a 50 gallon water heater cost installed?
A new 40- to 50-gallon hot water heater costs $330 to $2,000 for the unit alone, plus the plumber labor cost to install is $200 to $1,000. Gas water heaters cost $100 to $700 more than electric to install. *Price ranges include materials and labor. Solar prices include federal tax credit and rebates.
Can you use flex pipe for water heater?
You can use flexible gas tubes or water pipes for a gas water heater in most states. If your existing gas pipe has CSST (corroded stainless steel tubes) or has not been glued, the connection should be replaced right away.
Can I replace my own water pipes?
Professional replacement is expensive, costing thousands of dollars. But often you can do the job yourself, or at least solve the worst of the problem. The elbows and horizontal pipes in the basement or lowest level are usually the main culprits. But replacing all the plumbing is really a big job.
What size is the inlet and outlet on hot water heaters?
Standard these days is 3/4, standard used to be 1/2. Same goes for city water supply. There is no use having bigger pipe from the heater if the rest of the piping in the home is smaller.
What is the standard size water supply line?
The main pipes, which are the ones that come off the main water supply and the water heater, are 3/4 inches in diameter. The branch lines, which are the ones that feed individual fixtures, are 1/2 inch in diameter.
Why is PEX banned in California?
PEX was banned in California due to some concerns about toxic materials leaking through the pipe and into water. Through various national laboratory tests, PEX has proven to be completely safe and durable. It is now legal in California and even included in principal plumbing codes.
Does reducing pipe size increase pressure?
You have simply traded reduced flow for increased pressure. The same thing would happen in your sprinkler system if you used smaller pipe to increase the pressure. The smaller pipe would restrict the flow of water. The reduced flow would reduce the pressure loss in the pipes, resulting in more pressure.
Does Teflon tape stop leaks?
Teflon tape will help prevent plumbing leaks. Its physical composition allows it to fill pipe threads and fitting threads with a sealant that will prevent water from leaking through the thread connection.
How many times do you wrap Teflon tape?
You only need to use 2-3 wraps of tape, however thinner tape may need 4-5 wraps. Make sure you start wrapping at the end of the fitting, covering the end to prevent the thread from seizing. For the joint assembly, you should tighten the threaded joint 1-2 turns beyond finger tight, be careful not to over tighten.
Should I use plumbers tape on supply lines?
Most faucets will have hot and cold water supply lines attached, so you just need to connect them to the appropriate water supply line. You may need to use Teflon tape (aka plumber’s tape) for this part, which is used to seal and lubricate threaded pipe joints.