Propress is cheap
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Propress is cheap. it looks expensive. Look at the cost of the press tool, look at the cost of the fittings. Wow, you need an angle kit to reach odd hard to reach off camber fittings.
Lets keep it short, sweet and simple.
Propress is cheap and here is a list why (in no particular order):
Less emphasis has to be taught to employees on the practice of joining the pipes and more emphasis on why the pipes are being joined in that fashion.
Time is money. ProPress fittings from Viega, JW, Nibco, Webstone etc are time savers! the prep that is seen in soldering does not have to be performed.
Water. Water in a pipe being joined with solder will cause an issue. Not so much for propress fittings.
No fire. I have seen experienced people solder and nearly catch walls on fire. One case a women’s drapes caught fire and the boss had to pay the client, thus working for free.
Its 2019 buddy. Get with the times. Yes there is an EPDM rubber style O ring in the fitting. No it wont last forever. And let me share a secret, NEITHER WILL SOLDER. I see corroded leaking crusty solder fittings daily.
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