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Ultimate Geek

#261747 12-Dec-2019 23:20
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I am having plumbers pricing some work for a new bathroom (house extension) and I came across pipework done in AUSPEX, which I never heard of, seems just another crimping system. Is it an Ok system, well proven and established on the market, or is it "the new kid on the block" with no past history, trying to get a piece of the action?


Should I insist on Buteline or is this Auspex OK?


I could not find a Branz appraisal for the product, which I would say is a worry in itself...


Thank you.

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Uber Geek

  #2374502 13-Dec-2019 06:56
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Auspex appears to just be a brand of cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipe and brass fittings. According to the Auspex Website, they were founded in 1996. They are based in Australia so I'd say there is a good chance they comply with our requirements and can probably supply the necessary documentation.

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Master Geek

  #2375075 13-Dec-2019 22:10
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PEX is generally considered significantly superior to polybutylene. Better long term performance, particularly at high pressures and temperatures.




Buteline fittings are fairly bad as they're an aluminium crimp ring onto a plastic core.




Only issue with PEX is it generally doesn't handle UV well so needs to be out of sunlight.

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