Sharkbite fittings

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  1. Sep 3, 2011 #1

    mprong

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    Make sure Sharkbite fittings are legal in your State. This is especially true if the valve will not be continually accessable. No matter what they state in the advertisments, they are still a "compression type" connection.
     
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    I don't like them but I know a lot of plumbers who do. I guess I'm just old school, but it seems better to me to solder instead.
     
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    We mounted a 30 gallon lowboy water heater on a shelf over a clothes washer.

    There was almost no room to work with soldered connections.

    We used shark fittings and everything barely fit together.

    No leaks, and best of all they are quickly disconnected using a cheap plastic tool.

    I highly recommend them
     
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    Sharkbite fittings have been discussed quite a bit in this forum. The general consensus is yes, they do work.

    Some of the downfalls are:

    1) Quite expensive (good for a quick repair with one or two connections).
    2) Most plumbers will only use them in exposed areas in order to keep an eye on them.
    3) Some areas prohibit their use.

    Anyone care to discuss or expand some of the downfalls or upsides of this unique fitting?
     
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    I did the install of the sharkbite pressure reducing valve and everything went smooth. No leaks. After using them i am a believer.
     

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