Efficient Plumbing Supply Layouts

Home-run Layouts from a Manifold Can Reduce Waiting Time for Hot Water

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Diameter of the line, distance and speed the water travels affect heat loss

Manifolds are like main electric panels. In a manifold system (also called a "home-run" system), the hot water and cold water supply lines feed a manifold that distributes hot and cold water to each fixture in the house. Each fixture gets a dedicated run of tubing from the manifold.

Manifolds have separate chambers for hot and cold water. The cold-water chamber is fed from the main water supply line and the hot-water chamber is fed from the ...

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 06:07

Response to Al Shawa
by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor

Al Shawa,
Q. "What is the best type of PEX pipes to use?"

A. These days, PEX tubing is a fairly generic product. Although several manufacturers vie for the market, I doubt if you will find major quality differences between the different products.

Q. "Which is the best price?"

A. That's a question that can only be answered locally.

Q. "Do I need to insulate PEX pipes?"

A. Yes.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 23:51

by Al Shawa

What is the best type of PEX pipes to use ?
Which is the best price?
Do I need to insulate PEX pipes?

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