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Old 07-21-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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How should I prepare copper pipe for a quick connect fitting?


Any tips? Just make sure it's cut straight?

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Make sure it's clean, straight, no excess solder build up, etc. Little steel wool if needed. That's about it. It's not like preping a copper pipe for soldering.

Big thing is to make sure it is seated properly. Some people don't push them on far enough and they leak. They push on a good inch or so. You could make a mark on the copper pipe with a marker.

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And no burrs on the inside or outside.
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How should I prepare copper pipe for a quick connect fitting?


Should I not lubricate the O-ring?
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Should I not lubricate the O-ring?
Not needed. SB come all lubed and ready to go - just push them on. Turn off water, open a fixture to relieve pressure, install, turn water back on and check for leaks. Done. You do not need to have all water out of the pipe for installation. You will need a special tool to take them apart if needed, which can be purchased anywhere where sharkbites are sold. (see video)

installing sharkbite connector

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Question about deburring: since all i have is a copper pipe cutting tool, when I cut the pex with it, there is a little raised section on the inside. The outside is fine. Do I have to worry about burrs on the inside since the O-ring goes over the pipe?
I tried filing it off with a nail file but I didn't like the results. If anyone wants to give me tips on how to cut pex that'd be awesome! I dont want to buy the cutting tool since I just need only a few cuts.

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I have cut pex with a box knife- but you need to make sure you cut square. Even pex cutters can go crooked on you.

Don't worry about be-burring pex if you're using sharkbites? Isn't there a stiffer that goes inside the tubing?
Reaming a copper line cuts down on turbulence- you shouldn't have that problem with pex
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Question about deburring: since all i have is a copper pipe cutting tool, when I cut the pex with it, there is a little raised section on the inside. The outside is fine. Do I have to worry about burrs on the inside since the O-ring goes over the pipe?
I tried filing it off with a nail file but I didn't like the results. If anyone wants to give me tips on how to cut pex that'd be awesome! I dont want to buy the cutting tool since I just need only a few cuts.

Thanks!
Sorry, I am a little confused about the title of your post. I read the title and thought you wanted to know how to prepare copper pipe for quick connect not pex. Disregard my post and follow "E's" advice you'll be fine. Thanks.

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