Sharkbite plumbing fittings.

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  1. Earlsfat

    Earlsfat Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    HHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA. Thanks, I needed that laff.


    That's what I'm thinking... someone bumped it while cleaning and hit the release ring and it didn't seat again after being bumped. It was fine for about 3 years, and then.... it wasn't, lol.
     
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    Earlsfat Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I think my point is... IMHO - It's not worth the risk if it's in a wall. By the time you know there's a problem, you have a PROBLEM.
     
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    I would never use PEX It is a cheap crappy product. Sharkbite is only good to 280 PSI and solder joints are good to 600+ and higher temps as well.
    Over time the plastic in the fittings will dry out, corrode. A good plumber can solder in the tightest spots without having to worry about burning anything. Or you use a thermal blanket.

    Michael
     
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    i have used sharkbites many times...but i wouldnt do it in an enclosed wall..just my opinion
     
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    I like the fire blankets, I also keep a spray bottle with water in it handy...just in case things get a bit too warm.
     
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    That helps also. I do the same. forgot to mention it.

    Michael
     
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    Agree with this... they are quite expensive if you start needing many for a project. And I'd be reluctant to close one up in a wall. I've always enjoyed sweating pipe, although I don't get paid by the hour.
     
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    When I did my bathroom I installed them. Turned on the water and the one I felt went rogether wrong sprung a leak. My fault. But still a leak. I ended up sweating it all together. I installed my water conditioner outside with two of them two years ago. Works fine. Jim
     
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    Plumber. I've used them w/ no problems. Most always where accessible though.
    I would sweat any fittings being concealed. If he's good, he can do it or pre-fab/sweat some of it or even use some soft copper.
    We usually use whats already in the house, copper, cpvc or pex.
    I've got my doubts about the long term service of cpvc (could get brittle) & pex.
    A little concerned about being able to rotate shark fittings or pex once together also! It is nice not having to get rid of all the water.
    Wasn't that long ago they thought poly (quest) pipe was the next big thing!
     
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    Family cottage near Kalamazoo, the cousins installed Pex, 5 years later they redid everything in copper because it got brittle and was cracking when they opened & closed the place for the season.
     

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