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Old 03-01-2009, 12:12 AM   #1
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I just wanted to know if those easy clip in 'gator clip' connectors work well on copper line.Im using it to join 2 lines connecting to a pressure reducer valve.Any info is appreciated.

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"shark Bite' fittings are becoming more accepted by the induatry, but local codes may not allow them, or have restrictions, check local authorities.

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Old 03-01-2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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Thanks ,i will check it out.
I have a 3/4 adapter(gatorbite) .What psi can these handle up to..I also wanted to know if leaving the presure regulator set on 50 is recommended .I was going to go with 60 or 65 .I have 75- 80 coming in and sometimes short spike of 120 when other water faucets are turned on/off.Thanks for any info.
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:01 PM   #4
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Normal, "good pressure" is 50 to 60 pounds. Clip in fittings such as Sharkbite are still considered compression fittings in many areas. Compression fittings are not code for areas where they cannot be seen at all times. If you would be using them in an area where you don't have visability, a leak could go undetected for long periods of time.
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:17 PM   #5
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-it will be in the easy access crawl space and easily seen. 60 is what i will set it on then.I guess the connectors im using will work well then.
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:30 PM   #6
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Perhaps I misstated the location of compression type fittings. They are required to be seen at all times (such as under a sink), not "easily" seen in a crawlspace where you need to remove a panel or access the area to see them.
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so you are saying these are never to be used below floor level of living space(except basements)...ever?...i can weld em if i must but i dont really want to ..
Ive been told they will do fine before and after regulator valve(most of them ( regulator valve)are not inside main home area but installed under homes at main inline or where it enters house)...
-is there any other options i may use?
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I am only saying that they do not meet code in all areas. Under sinks and other "living areas" where they are easily seen. Personally, I would solder the connections. You could also solder in two unions for easy removal in the future.
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Some local codes are accepting them in hidden areas. As we all have said, check local code, they have the final say.
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shark bite fitting are certified to 200psi and 200 degrees use. i would see no problem with what you want to use it for. they work fine and we use them all the time. we only had one bad fitting out of a hundred.but if concerned i agree with what everyone else said about asking your local insp.
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Sharkbite fittings now have the IPC and UPC approvals for direct burial and use in concealed spaces. They're listed for the application and shouldn't be frowned upon by the enforcement jurisdiction. Access to them is not required.
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WOW, thats really sad. Every time I read a post about Plumbers that use these fittings, I notice they defend them by adding that they have only had "one or two leaks". Not what I would want to be called back out on a job for. Especially since the price is high for them.
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I have only used them twice and that was in an emgergency situation where I couldn't get the water shut down all the way. I would NOT use them for regular work if I had the choice. Just more DIY garbage that us plumbers will be redoing in the future. Thanks for the future work by the way!
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thanks for the info ..if its 1 out of 100 ill take the chance plus a guarantee and up to 200psi,-besides i can change it out (copper)if it fails later on myself-

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They'll work fine. They're a great product, despite the nay-sayers. I see even the best of the best plumbers use them in certain situations.

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