Ever think, “I could fix that”? With The Quick & Easy Home Repair Manual now you actually can fix that. Whether it's simple projects like a busted pipe or clogged toilet, or bigger upgrades like a new floor or a deck, you’ll find all the information you need to fix the trouble spots and make your dream home a reality.
For the first time homeowner and the venerable household-handyman, there is no better resource than this ultimate DIY manual. Learn how to prepare for unwelcome surprises as well as how to handle them when they inevitably happen. With high-quality design, intricate detail, and a durable, wipe-clean flexicover with metallic corner-guards—this manual is the perfect gift!
Tools & Skills: How to build the ultimate DIY toolbox, outfit your workspace, and gain the pro skills that make even challenging projects surprisingly fun and easy.
Quick Fixes: Quick yet durable fixes made easy. Fix a wonky toilet, ground an outlet, patch drywall, upgrade furniture frames and everything in between.
Weekend Projects: Dozens of clever projects you thought would take you ages! Paint a room, redo a kitchen floor, spiff up cabinets, replace a toilet, patch a leaky roof.
Big Jobs: Think you need a contractor? Think again. Create built-in shelving, install new flooring, construct a fence, build a deck, and more.
With over 321 handy tips, Matt Weber and the editors of Extreme How-To have you covered on all things home repair.
Tip 59: TRY SOMETHING NEW
Cross-linked polyethylene (also called PEX) is becoming a new standard for indoor pipes. This stuff is resistant to extreme temperatures and stress as well as to chemical damage from acids and alkalines. The material is flexible and suitable for use in temperatures below freezing and up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, including potable water.
PEX is easy to thread through stud holes without binding against the wood like a rigid copper pipe can do. When a pipe reaches a corner, simply bend the flexible pipe through the corner studs—no joint is necessary. With PEX supply line, fewer joints save time and reduce the likelihood of a leak. PEX is less expensive than copper, and PEX joints can be made with simple quick-connect couplers.
Matt Weber has been editor-in-chief of Extreme How-To since 2003. He is an experienced home remodeler who has written hundreds of articles on home improvement and repairs. He lives just north of Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife, two young sons, a dog and a lizard. In his spare time, Weber plays bass guitar in the rock band Skeptic? and is also owner of Pint Bottle Press, where he authors/publishes works of fiction.