Cutting a PEX pipe is simple, but there are a few things you should know to avoid leaky connections. Here are a few quick tips from John Woodard, our Master Water Specialist, for cutting PEX pipes and tubing.
How to cut a PEX Pipe
- PEX pipe
- Pipe cutter or ratchet pipe cutter
Three-quarter-inch PEX is easy to cut with a pipe cutter, especially one made to take the diameter of PEX tubing. A pipe cutter allows you to cut the tube straight without much effort. It works the same for large and small tubing diameters.
The secret to cutting PEX: Make sure to get an even cut, especially if you're using a quick-connect fitting, a SharkBite fitting, or a JACO fitting. A quick-connect fitting cannot lock in place and create a seal with uneven tubing.
If you're using PEX tubing with a larger diameter, like an inch or an inch and a half, it's best to use a ratchet cutter. A ratchet cutter cuts PVC pipes as well.
Do's and don'ts when cutting PEX tubing
- Get a straight cut.
- Don't crack the tubing.
- Don't pinch the tubing.
- Don't create any angles.