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Old 07-01-2018, 06:45 PM   #31
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Update: The plastic pipe and fittings are PEX. Bought a brass female fitting for the pipe, and the Pex clamps, and of course a pretty expensive Pex crimping tool. Well I guess now I have one. Put it back together, filled the tank, and turned the electric heater on. Checked it a few hours later and we have very hot, hot water flowing. There was much rejoicing.



So check valve was the problem and we now have a spare.
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Old 07-01-2018, 07:19 PM   #32
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Just a side note you can get fittings called shark bite fitting (brand name ) and you won't need a tool. That being said I have the crimp tool. I used press to lock fitting at work for years, for air fitting at 150 psi. Also for those who do not know, if you look at ball valves 1/4 turn valves if the handle is in line with the pipe it's on. Across the pipe it's off.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:45 AM   #33
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Captcolor, can I borrow your pex tool? Aw, c'mon......
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:19 PM   #34
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Also for those who do not know, if you look at ball valves 1/4 turn valves if the handle is in line with the pipe it's on. Across the pipe it's off.
The problem with the bypass valve is that the handle is visible in the utility compartment, but the valve is on the other side of the wall, so you don't know how it is plumbed and in what direction.
Since I had the basement walls off, took a picture of the backside of the bypass valve. Also other water connections for future reference.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:20 PM   #35
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Captcolor, can I borrow your pex tool? Aw, c'mon......
Absolutely!
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