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Old 03-18-2013, 10:32 PM   #16
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Threaded as in female thread on the valve and male thread on the copper fitting. Sharkbites are nice, but I need things 100 % fail proof can can not trust something that is not sweated in
Shark Bites are 100% fail proof. The only way they fail, just like fittings that are soldered, is because the person doing it, did not do the job correct the first time, same goes for PEX.

I have Shark bits behind the wall for our shower, that have been there three years, and have not failed yet. I have worked in some pretty tight places, and I can tell you that a Shark bite is a whole lot easier to work with in a tight space, than trying to use a torch and solder.

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I have a property the tenants used shark bites to fix there shower. Been ten years and no problems. We could go on all night about shark bite fittings, I am just saying if I hired a licensed problem too do work in my house and he started unwrapping shark bite fittings i would fire him on the spot.
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I have a property the tenants used shark bites to fix there shower. Been ten years and no problems. We could go on all night about shark bite fittings, I am just saying if I hired a licensed problem too do work in my house and he started unwrapping shark bite fittings i would fire him on the spot.
Again, there is no problem with Shark Bite fittings, or they would not be allowed to be sold.

As I have already stated and others have stated in other postings, the problem lies with the person installing them, if they do not do it correct or using the incorrect one for the material they are using them on, not the fitting itself.

Also the term Shark Bite does not mean that it is one that you press down and uses a biting mechanism to grab the pipe, it is the name of the company that manufactures them.

It is just synonymous with people thinking of quick fix fittings. Tell let you know also, Shark Bite type fittings have been around over 20 years, and you will find that they are becoming more commonly used now over compression type fittings in majority of jobs being done, that are repairs, or when placing a filter system, or something like a softener or water heater in place.

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