How to Install a PEX Temperature Gauge
A PEX temperature gauge is basically a flat piece of metal that has some cutouts on either side. PEX plumbing is a new and groundbreaking way to install plumbing in both commercial and residential areas. You will find installing this gauge is easy to do. As long as you have the proper tools and know how, you will be able to install this gauge in very little time using very little effort.
Step 1 - Crimp Ring
Begin by getting your crimp ring placed over your PEX tubing. Once you have done this, get a PEX fitting inserted into place. Make sure it fits properly before you move on to the next step. Slide your crimp ring to the point where it is about a 1/8 of an inch from the end of your tubing. You want it to be right next to your PEX fitting.
Step 2 - Crimp
A PEX crimper is needed so you can get the ring crimped into place. Place the ring directly over your PEX tubing. You will find most crimpers and gauges are sold together. This will help to make sure the crimper you get and the gauge you get will work well together. If the crimper and the gauge are not meant for the other, then you will not be able to crimp your ring properly.
Step 3 - Slide
Your gauge is now ready to be slid over the ring. If you have a Go-Nogo gauge, you will need to slide the side of the gauge that is the NoGo side over your crimped ring. As long as the crimp is made the way it should be and goes with the gauge, there will be no issues whenever you are passing your ring over it. You are now ready to slide the other part of the gauge over the crimp ring. Make sure the crimp ring is unable to go into the gauge at any point on the opposite side of the gauge.
Step 4 - Cut
If you happen to notice the crimp ring is unable to pass either of the tests, then you will simply need to get a PEX fitting cut out. Replace this newly cut piece with a new crimp ring. Make sure the new crimp ring you choose is one that is different from the previous one. Bring it in with you and make sure to compare the two together so you will know for sure they are made for the other before getting started.