Shark Bite fittings

Don Baer

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I know that a few out there have used them and I am about to get my first chance as I replace my water softner. More on that adventure in another thread. I will say that they appear to be a good solution for what I am about to do so I'll just post this as a reminder for other who hate plumbing as much as I do.

 

Jack Lemley

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Those fittings are the bee's knees, best thing since sliced bread, etc! You will love them! I have done my fair share of soldering copper pipes but no more ;-)

Jack
 

Ted Calver

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I've had very good experiences with them. Used them to repair a leaky sink water line that would have been a bear to re-solder, and again when I replaced the recirculating pump on my hot water heater. I now have a bin with common fittings in reserve for the next crisis. :thumb: :thumb:
 

Jim DeLaney

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I've used them in several different places. They're great. They're especially nice to use in areas that would've been difficult to solder.

BTW, when the (licensed) plumber replaced my water heater a couple years ago, he used them too.
 

Paul Douglass

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Do you need a special tool to use those, like some the other modern type fittings?? I helped my son-in-law re-plumb his house a couple years ago. He has an older house, lead pipes and wanted to re-plumb before we finish off the basement. He use flexible pipe and special fittings.... we, two amateurs, did the whole house, except for the final connecting up a couple sinks, in a one day.... I was amazed, had not done any plumb since I built my house and that it all cooper....
 

Tom Niemi

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Do you need a special tool to use those, like some the other modern type fittings?? I helped my son-in-law re-plumb his house a couple years ago. He has an older house, lead pipes and wanted to re-plumb before we finish off the basement. He use flexible pipe and special fittings.... we, two amateurs, did the whole house, except for the final connecting up a couple sinks, in a one day.... I was amazed, had not done any plumb since I built my house and that it all cooper....
Only to separate them, there is a release tool you can buy, they just snap together by hand. Home depot (at least mine) has samples right buy them to try assemble and disassemble.
 

Vaughn McMillan

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I've only used them once (to replace shutoff valves under the kitchen sink, in a place where soldering would have been a bear. They worked great and have stayed dry for the past 4+ years.
 

Chuck Ellis

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I have a small fortune in those brass sharkbite fittings under my house... I live an a double wide that's about 25 years old by now and the first few years we lived here seem like I spent as much time under the house changing fittings and I did in my easy chair. The house was plumbed with a soft gray plastic pipe and the plastic fittings all seemed to be breaking on a weekly basis... pricey, but a great product.
 
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