“We were just trying to make a better system,” says Doug Harris, owner of 3D&L and Missouri Plumbing Crew. “About two and a half years ago, we had a job at Silver Dollar City.” Harris and his crew would always use copper pipes, which he found reliable and easy to make look professional. “That’s pretty much a requirement for me and my guys.” For this particular job, however, Harris—who has been in the plumbing industry for over 30 years and has owned Missouri Plumbing Crew for 25 of them—had been asked to use PEX tubing, a type of polyethylene piping. To Harris, PEX tubing can easily look amateur if not properly installed.
The Big Idea
Harris and his son, part-owner Logan Harris, wanted to develop a support system to help in the installation of PEX-based plumbing systems, improving job efficiency, speed and appearance.“We set out to make a support [for PEX tubing] that looks good.” Harris says.