I live in Northern California and have a PEX plumbing system. House is 1 yr old. I’ve purchased a water softerner from Home Depot. And now, need to join the two.
Here is the work that needs to be done:
- Cut into a 1" incoming PEX pipe - going into the manifold.
- Drill couple holes to run the lines to/fro water softerner that is next to the manifold.
- Attach the needed elbow connector to the incoming pipes.
- Run the line to the water softern. About 2 ft
- Run another line from the water softener to the PEX manifold. About 2 ft.
Question 1: Is this something I can do on my own - I am not a plumber.
Question 2: Can I transition from PEX to a flexible hoses that will run to the water softener? Special materials? Connectors? Pressure restrictions?
Question 3: Is it possible to rent the cramping tool & go/no-go gauge - how much? From where? They seem pretty pricey ($100-$200) to buy for a 1 day job. I see 2 to 4 connections total.
Question 4: How much would it cost to do this on my own - supplies/rent
Question 5: How much would it cost to have a pro plumber do it?
Question 6: There is lots of new construction going on. What’s a good amount to offer to see if they can do it as a side job.
Overall, it very simple connection, but I need the tools & expertise.
Thanks for you advice!