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  1. Cailean

    Cailean Active Member

    Hi, looking at getting into press fit fittings as I like the speed that they can be installed on copper, and without a flame, or a big ugly plastic or compression fitting. They look great and earth continuity is maintained and are tamper proof on copper. The fittings are also inexpensive.
    Apart from the expense of the press fitting tool, I'm looking for pros and cons of the press fit system. I'll only be using 15mm - 28mm.
    Opinions please, before I spend my cash.
     
  2. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Hire the machine for a few week and see just how much you use it and what you think. They aren't that much to hire, so well worth trying it.
     
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  3. Jim Goodenough

    Jim Goodenough Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Keep me posted I'm interested to see what you finally go for.
     
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  4. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    novopress / geberit ac0201
     
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  5. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I have used press fit on a couple of charity days , and to be honest I was blown away on how good they are.
    I am a well publicised tight arsed old yorkshire man and probably wouldnt invest , 10 years ago I should have . That should tell you something.
    However I can solder in areas you would not be able to press .
     
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  6. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    right here we go

    pros
    doesnt leak aslong as youve pressed it :D
    easy to do
    no hot works
    quick
    no harmful vapours

    cons
    bulky
    cost of start up
    need to plan ahead
     
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  7. boblydon

    boblydon Plumber GSR

    All good, have used them for a good few years now and can't fault them.
    I have a REMS machine and use up to 2inch, well worth the investment.
    I would also recommend you invest in the proper pipe cutting tool, have a look at the REMS website.
    Bob
     
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  8. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    cento?
     
  9. Gasmk1

    Gasmk1 GSR

    i like them they are neat don't discolour copper (no heat), no flux. they are not cheap but not far from plastic pricewise so you have to check prices before you quote, can be used on water and gas (with appropriate gas ones). and you nead to plan jobs as you need good access to press joints.
     
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    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
  10. Cailean

    Cailean Active Member

    I've ordered in about £150 worth of fittings in 15mm and 22mm, which should be used up fairly quickly. As a price comparison, they are roughly about the same as Hep2o fittings and more expensive than Speedfit and end feed.

    They just look good and are also something that can't be tampered with by diy'ers and are a form of pipework that only professionals will take on, mainly due to the cost of the pressing tool. I'll post up a review in a few weeks after I've given them a thorough test.

    I was advised to look at getting the tool through Hilti Fleet as it would cost about £35 per month including servicing and free upgrades to the latest model. If anyone has experience of this service, please let me know your thoughts on it here.
     
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  11. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    where did you get the fittings from?
     
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  12. Cailean

    Cailean Active Member

    JTM. They have great prices on all of their copper fittings. I get my end feed in bulk here as it's very cheap and free next day delivery on orders over £50.
    A XPress 15mm elbow is £1.37 including VAT, which is cheaper than a Tectite Sprint and a Hep2o plastic pushfit bend.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
  13. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

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  14. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    do you have a bss account?
     
  15. Cailean

    Cailean Active Member

    No mate only BES, good link you posted above, cheers:) The Geberit fittings look good and are cheaper.
     
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