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twilightcall 01-03-2008 06:16 PM

Anyone use Shark Bite? Good ? Bad?
I saw a new item called Shark Bite in the plumbing section at Home Depot. I was wondering if anyone has used it and how well it works. I have to redo some plumbing coming up and thought about using it.

stp57 01-03-2008 07:00 PM

I haven't used them yet, but this website sure lists a bunch of them!

scrapiron 01-03-2008 08:58 PM

Sharkbites work good for emergencies and oddball situations, I keep an assortment on the truck for that reason. They might be a little expensive for a bigger job though.

troubleseeker 01-03-2008 09:04 PM

I have used them for temporary stuff, like capping off lines during renovation work, and they worked great. Don't have any experience in the long term with them. Can't beat a soldered joint for permanent stuff IMO.

Rick Bruner 01-11-2008 04:58 PM

Anyone use Shark Bite? Good? Bad?
I have an outdoor faucet and the line runs 16' through a crawl space and about every 8 years I procrastinate shutting off the supply valve....and yup last year it froze and opened in two spots...There was enough slack in the copper line to cut the two spots out and rather than use a torch against floor joists (which I have done in the past - especially tough to do on your back) I decided to try the Shark Bite unions on the two joints and I have to tell you they were easy to use and I was duly impressed - I believe thay are rated to 200psi......they were extremely easy to use....push together and you are done....They have been in place for the past year with no leaks....

Marlin 01-11-2008 05:08 PM

I believe they are allowed in the UPC. They are however very expensive and it's obvious it was a DIY when you see them.

bobcatnj 01-11-2008 08:15 PM

yea i use them in my basement for a sink. they are working great so far, no problems.

tubguy 01-12-2008 10:51 AM

They are easy to use and work well. I only use them for repair though. For permanent repair get out the torch and solder the joints.


TR777 01-14-2008 06:32 PM

I have used them for temp repairs...they are ok for code in europe, I am told...I would rather solder in the wall...

Ron The Plumber 01-14-2008 08:05 PM

Just remember, they relay on a o-ring for the seal, and just like the seals in a toilet tank, they can deteriorate over a long period of time, so if you use them don't bury them in walls, cause you never know.

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