I think I’ve told you about my electric hot water heater project coming up. I’ve kind of been procrastinating on this one because it’s going to cost a few bills. I’m picking up the supplies I’ll need piecemeal, so the final cost won’t be such a one-off shock. I mean, it’s not a lot of money, more like an annoying amount, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, today was the day I gathered the PEX tubing and the SharkBite valves and fittings. If you aren’t aware of what PEX and SharkBite are, you can either click the links I previously placed in those words or you can simply take my word for it that they are the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to plumbing. Goodbye rigid copper tubing. Goodbye soldering. It’s all good except for the fact that these newer style fittings cost much more than the old copper ones. But I suppose we need to pay for simplicity and innovation.
I wanted to write this post for a few reasons. The first is that I wanted to include pictures of the items I purchased so my father can see them. Mom, please show dad. Thank you. Second, I wanted to offer a price comparison for a few items between Home Depot and PexSupply.com. I bought this stuff at the Home Depot because I happened to be in the area. As it turns out, I think I could have gotten a better deal if I ordered online through PexSupply.com, even after shipping. Lesson learned. I’ll give prices after the pictures.
All right, here’s what I got today:
This is a “3/4″ Sharkbite Tee”. I purchased two of these. I’m going to cut the main water “in” 3/4″ copper pipe and put one of these in between the two pieces. Then, I’m going to cut the 3/4″ hot water pipe going into the house and add the other fitting.
Home Depot: $12.32
These are two different views of the same valve. It’s called a “3/4″ SharkBite Ball Valve.” These are going to go in between the copper water lines I just told you I’m going to splice into and the electric hot water heater. Since we already have a boiler with valves on the in and out lines, I’ll be able to switch back and forth between electric and oil if need be, simply by twisting some valves and hitting a switch or two. Remember, my main goal is to turn off the boiler.
Home Depot: $18.84
This is a “3/4″ FIP Sharkbite Water Heater Connector 12″ Length.” I’m showing the entire piece and then both the PEX or copper tubing connection and the electric hot water heater ends. This is where I really appreciate innovation. Simple screw these onto the top of the heater and slide some tubing into the ends. Done.
Home Depot: $11.34
This is “White PEX Tubing.” Obviously, I’m going to use this tubing to go in between all the other parts. Don’t worry, I’ll take pictures as I go through this project. It’s really not very difficult and I’m looking forward to it. I just have to pick up the water heater, some 10 gauge 3-wire and a 30 amp circuit breaker. Once that’s done, I’ll get my butt in gear and do things.
Unfortunately, PexSupply.com doesn’t offer the short 25 foot coil of tubing, like I bought today, so I can’t compare prices. I can tell you though that I paid $14.53 for this, which actually saved me some money because now I don’t have to have 85 feet of this stuff hanging on some nail in the basement when I’m finished doing what I’m doing. So that’s a plus.
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