Replacing Water Heater - Water Lines

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PeteM

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My 12 year old State water heater needs replacing and I have a question regarding the hot and cold water pipes up on top. I have attached a picture and would like to know how I go about removing the copper pipes and re-attaching them to the new heater. Should I cut the copper pipes just above the top Shark Bites and maybe use a flexible line back down. I'm a newbie and just unsure how to approach this. Thanks for your help!
 

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Get the sharkbite, disconnector, and take the shark bites off. Where the upper shark bites are located, install the shark bite adapter to 3/4-male pipe adapters, and put in flexible lines to the heater.
 

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Many people swear by Sharkbites, but personally I would never use them. Solder is an easy task, and you will never have to worry about that darn thing popping off.
 

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Yes that's what I have been reading. Those SharkBites have been on my heater connections since 2007. I do though want to learn how to properly solder copper. You're never too old to learn something new. Its so easy to take the easy way out......
 
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