1/2" Metal Drop Ear Bend Support Zoom

1/2" Metal Drop Ear Bend Support

SKU:F5120500

Brand: Uponor (Wirsbo)

Uponor (Wirsbo)
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$4.39
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Specs

Application: 1/2" PEX
Material: Metal
Tubing Compatibility: PEX

Description for Uponor (Wirsbo) F5120500

Metal Drop Ear Bend Support (zinc-plated) provides rigid 90-degree bend and connection free stub out from a stud wall or floor for 3/8" or 1/2" Uponor Wirsbo PEX tubing products.

1/2" Metal Drop Ear Bend Support

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4.0

Works Great, but not always necessary

By DB

from Nordman, ID

Verified Buyer

Comments about 1/2" Plastic Drop Ear Bend Support:

Just completed a studs out remodel, and purchased a number of these bend supports. Turns out, that I didn't need as many as I thought. Used the plastic Escutcheon (SKU 53120) which were easier to install and seemed to work as well to protect the tubing. Where I had really tight bends required, I used the bend support. [...]

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  • 1/2" Plastic Drop Ear Bend Support

    Q:

    I purchased these supports and the bend radius is tighter than the specifications for pex-a tubing. The plastic support has less than a 2" radius while UPONOR says that the minimum radius should be 3.75" (for 1/2" aquapex). As a result, the tubing flattens when forced into these bend supports. Is this correct? Thanks!
    Asked on 12/4/2013 by Mosby

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      If you measure the radius to the outside of the tubing, the plastic drop
      ears I bought measure 3 inch radius. That is the way I categorize them.
      The ones I bought have Uponor's name on them, so I have to assume
      Uponor/Wirsbo consider them safe for their own PEX-a. However, if you are
      uncomfortable making that judgment yourself I would send an inquiry direct
      to Wirsbo.
      As a DIY'er I have run some simple tests on my own. 3 out 4 brands of PEX
      tubing that I tried in 3 inch plastic Uponor/Wirsbo supports look just fine
      with no significant initial flattening. However, there is a difference
      between tubing brands. One tubing brand I tried did show noticeable initial
      flattening and a higher tendency to kink. I make a point of avoiding that
      brand. However, I have no way to prove that tubing that looks good
      initially will not develop problems after 10 or 20 years in service. I do
      have some Sharkbite tubing, which I believe is PEX-c, in 3 inch plastic bend
      supports in hot water service for two years in my house, in a place where I
      can see them, and those bends still look fine - like new.
      I think this whole bending issue needs some attention-to-detail by the
      industry. The manufacturer's literature never seems to mention the
      difference between requirements for supported and unsupported bends, but
      surely there is a difference. When they say minimum radius of 6 X OD or 8 X
      OD, is that supported or unsupported bends? Also, sometimes the issue of
      "bending against the coil" for coiled PEX is not mentioned, but you can see
      in the plumbing code and elsewhere that it is high risk and generally should
      be avoided.

      Answered on 12/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      When I used pex for a bathroom remodel, I ran into a similar situation.  I used a Pex 90* fitting to make the bend. I wasn't fond of the idea of having to cut the line, I wanted a continuous piece of Pex but it has been in place for over 2 years and no problems.  Adding the 90* fitting is not any different the attaching any other fitting to the line.

      Answered on 12/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This product is designed for 3/8" and ½" PEX tubing. According to "Professor PEX" at http://pexsupply.blogspot.com/2010/08/bend-radius-of-pex-tubing.html, the bend radius should be about six times the diameter. The "Professor" isn't clear as to whether that is measured from the outside of the tubing on the inside of the curve, the centerline of the tubing or otherwise. The litmus test would be that if the tubing flattens significantly, it's too tight.
      It may be that this product is primarily designed for 3/8" tubing and can be made to work with ½" tubing "in a pinch". For similar applications, I prefer to use a product like PEX Supply's SKU #LF2855050 (see: http://www.pexsupply.com/Wirsbo-Uponor-LF2855050-Copper-Stub-Ell-1-2-PEX-LF-Brass-x-1-2-Copper-13-x-8) so that the PEX is completely inside the wall and not exposed to UV. That approach also provides a metal surface to mount the supply valve with a compression fitting. That makes it quick, easy, sturdy and durable, although the copper stubs add more cost.
      Ken Morley

      Answered on 12/4/2013 by Anonymous
  • 1/2" Metal Drop Ear Bend Support

    Q:

    does this particular fitting work with 5/8" o.d. tubing? I says 1/2"
    Asked on 7/23/2013 by mike

    1 answer

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, the 1/2" bend support will would work 5/8 od pipe.
      Gene

      Answered on 7/23/2013 by Anonymous
  • 1/2" Plastic Drop Ear Bend Support

    Q:

    What is the bend radius?
    Asked on 3/23/2013 by ashinsel from Juneau, AK

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    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Radius is 1-1/2" from center of pipe. Depth is 3-1/4" from flange to
      outside radius of bend.

      Answered on 3/24/2013 by Anonymous
  • 1/2" Plastic Drop Ear Bend Support

    Q:

    Do these work with Rifeng tubing from your site
    Asked on 2/12/2012 by Anonymous from Versailles, Ky

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      A:

      Yes, they do. These drop ear supports work with all standard PEX tubing.

      Answered on 2/13/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
  • 1/2" Plastic Drop Ear Bend Support

    Q:

    Will this fit inside a 2"x4" wall?
    Asked on 12/5/2010 by Tom from NY

    2 answers

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      Yes, it will.

      Answered on 12/6/2010 by PexSupply Staff from NY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Tom,

      I'm assuming that the tubing size is 1/2" or 3/8" and will penetrate the 2 x 4 stud. If so, then this will fit in a standard 2 x 4 wall. It will center the tubing on the stud, which is good because it will maximize the distance from the surface and reduce the likelihood of drywall screws hitting the pex tubing

      DB

      Answered on 12/20/2010 by DB from Nordman, ID
  • 1/2" Plastic Drop Ear Bend Support

    Q:

    can this be use for stub out under vanity? Does it have to mounted to a 2x4 or can I mount it behind pex bracket?
    Asked on 11/8/2010 by Anonymous from Fresno, ca

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      A:

      You can use this part under the vanity. It can be mounted behind the bracket.

      Answered on 11/9/2010 by PexSupply Staff from NY
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