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Basic plumbing

Post Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 12:13 am

Hi folks
I’m looking to do a total bathroom makeover in our Lagos apartment, basically replacing a bath with a Walk-in shower, retiling etc.
I’ve done lots of work like this in the uk, so consider myself a skilled DIYer. But I’ve no idea how tricky the task would be in Portugal.

Anyone any experience of how to connect hot and cold.... I’ve used Hep2o in uk, but gather it’s quite a different system in Portugal. (Ps, apartment is about 15 years old, so relatively new in terms of plumbing)

Thanks in advance Very Happy

 

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Re: Basic plumbing

Post Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 10:13 am

Nicolau & Rosa Lda are a good source of basic plumbing materials and their website will also give you some background on the various systems available. See www.nicolaurosa.com/

 

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Re: Basic plumbing

Post Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 10:15 am

Excellent, will check that out. Cheers. Very Happy

 

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Re: Basic plumbing

Post Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 1:54 pm

could be copper, or PVC, or PEX, or Unipipe.
none of it is difficult. N+R will have the bits, I always go to them.

 

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Re: Basic plumbing

Post Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 2:36 pm

Do you not need some kind of crimp tool fir the joints on pex?

 

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Post Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 1:04 pm

no, the PEX uses brass screw up couplings. It's good stuff but really stiff. I even use it for 8 bar air.
You can heat it to make tight bends if you really have to, but it's not recommended practice.

Unipipe needs a crimp tool, but there are more expensive screw fittings for when you can't get the crimper in place. Also, you can rent the crimper.
The pros all use it now, it's cost effective. I haven't used it yet, all my installations are older and I don't feel like buying another whole lot of fittings, pipe, + the tool.

With the growing dominance of unipipe, fittings for the other systems are narrowing, less choice. If you plan to do much plumbing, you'd better get the crimper. They're not so expensive now.

 

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Post Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 1:46 pm

Thanks liveaboad..... you are definitely a forum legend. I’ve no doubt when I start ripping stuff out, I’ll be pestering you again!

 

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