The "final" tweaks to the water supply system were finished today. After checking the connections for moisture, I found the same spot had a tiny bit of weeping (less than a drop of water was present.) This was after I had installed shut off valves in the system on either side of the pump anti-vibration hoses. What I realized was that I had a brass male fitting going into the plastic connection of the vibration dampening hose. This is the third time now when I had metal connected to plastic and it didn't seal properly (even with teflon tape.) So my recommendation is to always go plastic to plastic and metal to metal. If you have a mix in your system that's okay but do the transitions via PEX. So today I removed two pieces replacing that with one plastic male connector to the hose and it all worked out better in the end anyways - I'm happy!
Calvin here - after spending almost 33 years in education as a high school teacher, elementary teacher, and elementary administrator, it was time to retire! I did so happily and with no regrets; it was a terrific and fulfilling career. I do enjoy building projects as the design and building process is very therapeutic and you see a completed functional product in the end. Now to combine the build with another of Angela's and my passions - travel - is something we're really looking forward to.