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    SharkBite Fittings

    Before I start, a disclaimer. I am working on a 100 year old house. There are no permits or inspections. The code police can please move on.

    A few of you have mentioned using SharkBite plumbing fittings and seemed very happy if not overjoyed with them.

    I have 2 water lines I need to tap for relocating my bathroom sink. I have easy access to the lines.

    One line is 1/2” copper - the other is 3/4” CPVC. The CPVC line was installed when we were doing a plumbing project when we first bought the house. My plan is to continue up to the new sink location with CPVC since I have lots of pipe and fittings.

    So it seems simple enough - use a 3/4” x 1/2” SharkBite tee and a 1/2” SharkBite tee to tap off from the water lines. Then run 1/2” CPVC up to the sink location to straight stops.

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/SharkBite-3...ing/1000182613

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    I’ve read the installation guide. It just seems too simple to me - simply push the pipe into the fitting - is that really it?
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    I have used the sharkbites in the past as well. Just make sure you push hard into the connector and truely seat the pipe into it. It will seem seated and then wiggle it a bit and push some more to make sure its all the way in. I acually bought the removal tools and an extra connector for trial and error to see how it fit before actually using the ones for the actual connections. Also make sure the pipes are very straight cuts and very clean on the end(no burs).

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    IMHO... shark bite fittings are fine for temporary repairs or configurations but I don't like to use them long term.
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    Stan, make sure you clean the pipes as much as possible too. Especially the copper. The cleaner the better for the Sharkbites
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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    Stan, make sure you clean the pipes as much as possible too. Especially the copper. The cleaner the better for the Sharkbites
    That is good advice for any plumbing work. Especially soldering.
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    I agree with fjjd18. Sharkbite fittings work well, especially for your use.
    Definitely get a 'U' shaped removal tool for each pipe size used (pretty cheap) and account for length of pipe going into fitting.
    This type of fitting won't hold as much pressure as a glued or soldered fitting, but if you have enough pressure to push off the sharkbite, you probably have much bigger problems in the piping.

    Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    I’ve read the installation guide. It just seems too simple to me - simply push the pipe into the fitting - is that really it?
    Yup. They're sweet.

    There is also another manufacturer, Watts, marketed under the name Push-N-Go, I believe. I like them better. The body is all plastic vs. Sharkbite's brass body. That part doesn't matter to me, but the Watts is easier to remove. Used them for years....general plumbing, ice makers, water filters, etc. They come in all different sizes.
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    FWIW...I installed some Watts ones over 15 yrs ago that are still in use today. Take it as you may.
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    Thanks all!

    Great idea of doing a test fit a couple times - have plenty of scrap pieces - will be getting the simple removal tool also.

    And properly cleaned deburred pipe ends - important just like when soldering.

    After reviewing my plans, I will only need the one 1/2" tee for the copper. This will work well for me. While I used to solder all the time, it's been a long time.....this should make it simple for me.
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    I've been using SharkBites for 12+ years. I love the things.
    Stan, go with PEX, old CPVC gets brittle with age.
    PEX in 5ft sections -- 1/2" under $2, 3/4" under $4
    As someone else mentioned, GET THE REMOVAL TOOL.

    https://www.homedepot.com/s/pex%25205ft?NCNI-5
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