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Old 09-26-2008, 08:24 AM
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I'm using these connectors on a laundry room remodel and I'm very impressed. They work with cpvc, copper, and pex. No solder and you can take them apart if you need to. If you have to change out a HW tank it would make short work of it.
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Old 09-26-2008, 08:26 AM
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Yup good stuff. The fittings can add up though.
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Old 09-26-2008, 11:21 AM
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Yes, they aren't cheap, but they are the cat's ass! I can sweat a pipe most of the time with no leaks, but why go through the trouble. I'm doing some behind the wall plumbing and with the end caps I can easily pressure test, then drywall. When it's time to put the HW tank in I can just remove the cap and connect. They have been using similar connections in pneumatics for well over ten years (maybe even longer), why didn't I think of this?
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:19 PM
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The biggest concern with the sharkbite is get the full 1/2" insertion into the fitting. Cutting to short will lead to problems.
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:33 PM
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I used one several months ago and it's been fine. One advantage is the ability to rotate the pipes after assembly. You can't do that with soldered fittings. Also, there's no danger of overheating nearby valves.
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:46 PM
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best thing since CPVC.there coming down in price now $2 to $4 buck's at home depot.the really cool thing is i had to fix a 1 1/2 copper gate valve the other day and sharkbites made it a simple job.there great fo remodel's also.they still will not let us use them under slab here in jax but there still nice
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Old 09-28-2008, 03:37 PM
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Great for remodel work, don't need to tote a fire extinguisher in when making a repair in a wall.


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Old 07-07-2011, 08:27 AM
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Just did a project with the Sharkbite connectors, they are great for tight areas where sweating in a fitting is difficult.
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I replaced my 28-year old water heater this spring with them - piece of cake, and better than sweating I think!
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Just used a T fitting on a horiz. pipe I wasn't sure I could get all the water out to solder correctly, so worth it, and that trip to HD I didn't have as much choice with the conventional fitting selection.

But in the back of my mind is how many years will they last, 10, 20 or more years, after all there is some kind of plastic in them.
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Check your codes. In some areas you can not cover them with sheet rock. You need to have an open area or access to get at them just in case they leak.
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I met a guy who had a leaking main water shut off valve in his basement, and his town had paved over his outside water shut off. He bought a sharkbite valve, cut the main water line under full pressure....water is shooting all over the basement, he jammed the sharkbite on the pipe, and problem solved!
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Originally Posted by CharlieFoxtrot View Post
I met a guy who had a leaking main water shut off valve in his basement, and his town had paved over his outside water shut off. He bought a sharkbite valve, cut the main water line under full pressure....water is shooting all over the basement, he jammed the sharkbite on the pipe, and problem solved!

I have a friend who is a plumber, I asked him about them before trying them he told he he has used them for the same type of situation several times, his only issues with them are cost and they do not look at nice. I was reading on thier site you can twist the pipe once connected without causing any issue, that is pretty helpful if you are putting together something with multiple joints and right angles.
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Great thread guys. I work for the place you probably bought these at and know the person who is responsible for them being in our stores. I'll pass on the feedback.
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