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  • OT - Plumbing Woes/Sharkbite Joint System

    I have a slow drip from an upstairs shower feed 5/8 copper pipe.
    I've cut a hole in the ceiling sheetrock, and determined the leak is somewhere above the subfloor. But couldn't see any leakage at the shower valve assembly itself. So I guess I'm going to have to cut an access thru the closet wall behind the shower.

    But my question here is if any of you have had any experience with this "Sharkbite" sytem of connectors?
    See here: http://www.cashacme.com/prod_sharkbi...t_products.php

    A couple of months ago I had to bring in a plumber and a leak detection company to find and then fix an outside, underground leak. The plumber used some sort of push-on connector (I think) to make a join between copper and PVC. Don't remember if he used the term 'Sharkbite' or not.
    Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

  • #2
    Last plumber that was over here used them (or maybe it was alagator grip? or something like that), asked him about them, mentioning when I first saw them I thought they where a cheesy toy, but he seemed very impressed with the system. Lot faster then soldering.. apparently removable/reusable too.

    Don't forget to read the package, there are little inserts you have to use or remove depending on the type of pipe you are connecting.
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    • #3
      I am very impressed with the shark bite system and they have saved my butt several times. The worst of these cases was a pipe where I had had to chip away part of a concrete slab to get to the pipe and couldn't get a good angle to solder a plug on the pipe. I managed to get an almost decent cut on the pipe with a dremel and then slipped a sharkbite plug on it.

      I had to rerun the plumbing for the building this year when a leak developed between the meter and the building. I had to cobble together a somewhat difficult set of piping in a wall to keep it connected to both bathrooms and the new water line while not having it connected to the old rusty galvanized pipe that failed. A few shark bite couplings and a tubing cutter and that was done easily. They're very convenient for areas where it would be complex and difficult to get a good solder joint.

      That being said, I have also seen some other brands crop up recently and while I haven't used them, I'm not as impressed. Cash-Acme is an American company that has been making quality industrial fittings forever. The real sharkbites I've used have been what appeared to be bronze and finished better than some machine tools. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

      Regards,
      Cameron

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ckelloug
        That being said, I have also seen some other brands crop up recently and while I haven't used them, I'm not as impressed. Cash-Acme is an American company that has been making quality industrial fittings forever. The real sharkbites I've used have been what appeared to be bronze and finished better than some machine tools. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

        Regards,
        Cameron
        Where do you get them around here Cameron?
        Is this a Lowes or Home Depot item?
        Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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        • #5
          Skarkbite

          Any help?

          http://www.sharkbite.com.au/

          http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&sour...a3b4c4a0e828f3

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          • #6
            They are a big problem just waiting to happen.

            Consider this...a water system under pressure where the plumbing is often unaccessible, period of usage is 50+ years and when the system fails it can result in tens of thousands of dollars.

            But hey...it is easy for the installer who is long gone when the problems begin.

            Not in my buildings.

            TMT

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            • #7
              ive used it one time at work where the wall would have to be ripped out completely to get to the problem to fix any other way. Its been there quiet a while now with no leaks.

              be

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              • #8
                In SE PA Home Depot has them. I like them, been holding up fine for several years now on my hot water heater. Check your pipe size, I'm not familiar with 5/8" copper. HD has them in 1/2" and 3/4".

                Bill

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                • #9
                  Lynnl,

                  Home depot but not lowes has them. Also, Lewters hardware, and Park Supply, the big commercial plumbing supply off of Jordan are two other sources. Lewters and Park are both very helpful.

                  --Cameron

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                  • #10
                    most "major brand" pushfit is very good, life expectancy equal to copper & soldered joints if installed correctly.

                    Pressure wise, all the stuff I have used is instalation tested to 10-12bar....3-4+
                    x "good" working pressure. ( copper tests to 8 bar normally)

                    personally I would normally use it as a fitting method of choice in concealed spaces. also on the plus side there is no pipework corrosion or contamination.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Stu
                      In SE PA Home Depot has them. I like them, been holding up fine for several years now on my hot water heater. Check your pipe size, I'm not familiar with 5/8" copper. HD has them in 1/2" and 3/4".

                      Bill
                      Stu, I said 5/8, but it's probably 1/2" pipe actually. I just measured it to be .562 OD with a caliper. I guess that's really 1/2, type L copper pipe.

                      -----------------------------------
                      TMT, this house is just shy of 19 years old, and the original, existing pipe, with soldered joints, now has a leak. Who's to say that some of these push-on connectors are necessarily inferior, or less permanent? ...Huh?

                      C'mon, nothing lasts forever.
                      Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ckelloug
                        Lynnl,

                        Home depot but not lowes has them. Also, Lewters hardware, and Park Supply, the big commercial plumbing supply off of Jordan are two other sources. Lewters and Park are both very helpful.

                        --Cameron
                        Yeah I should've thought of Park Supply, I've dealt with them before. They're closer to me than Lewters, since I don't get downtown too often these days.
                        Thanks.
                        Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                        • #13
                          In places where you can't or shouldn't use a torch, or in places where you can't get the joint dry enough to sweat they work great. They are about 10x the cost but in time saved or frustration avoided they are worth it. Home Depot has "Shark" and Lowes has Gator.

                          Norm

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                          • #14
                            Sharkbites are great. I use them as do many professional I know. I am not a pro. The are CSA listed.
                            Dave

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                            • #15
                              I used the sharkbites a couple of times. I was impressed. However, I also recall reading on their package that they are not for use in CA or VT. Anyone know what's up with that ?

                              hoof

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