How many years would you guarantee a Sharkbite fitting install??

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  1. packardv8

    packardv8 New Member

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    On another thread, a pro maintenance plumber says he always uses Sharkbite for repairs and they'll last as long as copper fitting repairs.

    While I'm old school enough to wonder about that, what say you other pros? What does Sharkbite claim?

    jack vines
     
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I rarely use a Sharkbite or push-connect fitting. They do have their uses though. I don't use them in high heat situations like near a water heater.
    I have used them in a crawl space where it's hard to drain down the pipes. That also makes them accessible. Also outside the wall for shutoffs.
    Time will tell though. I broke into the trades soldering. and I always have my copper trays with me.
    For angle stops I like compression.
     
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  4. hj

    hj Master Plumber

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    Sharkbite claims that you can do an entire building with their fittings, so that would mean they are enclosed in walls and SHOULD last a long time. I would personally not count on it.
     
  5. Plumbs

    Plumbs In the Trades

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    I don't use shark bites unless it's a temporary fix when the water won't shut off all the way or if I don't have enough fittings with me.
    To answer your question, I would only give an overnight guarantee.
    . Then I'd return the next day to do the job right.
     
  6. Martin Boring

    Martin Boring In the Trades

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    I guess I am old school too and like to solder fittings on copper. I have used shark bite in some hard to get places where soldering wasn't going to work. Did a couple water softener's in the last couple years that came with shark bite fitting so I used them so far no issues.
     
  7. Jeff H Young

    Jeff H Young In the Trades

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    yep they are lifetime forever fittings just like copper , pex, cpvc, and galvinised or any thing else. and are legal even buried in a wall But most professionals scowl at sharkbites and most have used them in a pinch. Ive used them a few times even permanantly, but dont like them or trust them that much even though Ive had sucsess with them. For Temp work like on copper and water might make soldering unpleasant they are awsome, but so is propress but i dont have a propress gun also you can remove it and reuse the fitting on another temp repair. Handy product but I avoid thier use . guarantee 1 year.
     
  8. GOT2LEARN

    GOT2LEARN New Member

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    Here guys, this video has lots of info on Sharkbite fittings, hope it helps!



     
  9. Jeff H Young

    Jeff H Young In the Trades

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    Got2learn thanks interesting Evopex might be an option. never been a big fan of joining pipe with an O-ring on the outside either. My first experience using Propress I was on a big job we couldn't figure out why we had a bunch of leaks all 1 1/2 pipe we got schooled and re schooled and at great expense we figured out we had a huge batch of pipe that had a defect running all along it just enough that some of the O-rings wouldn't seal.
    I've been concerned with debris getting inside Sharkbites too
     
  10. JohnCT

    JohnCT Still learning..slowly

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    That's scary. One would think that the O-ring being under pressure (Propress) would compensate for a surface blem that a Sharkbite couldn't. Makes you wonder how good the pipe was in other regards.

    John
     
  11. Jeff H Young

    Jeff H Young In the Trades

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    It was a big job Im guessing 12 guys running copper. kind of a bump or seam running along it I could take a file to it and smooth the step out . so when you think of a sharkbite over PEX or CPVC it could get a scratch in it easily. No matter how we do our work gotta pay attention to what we are doing
     
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