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Old 08-06-2010, 12:15 PM   #1
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I am changing my bathtub into a shower. The plumbing in the wall is copper and shutoffs were added about 7 or 8 years ago. Instead of getting a torch and sweating copper in for the new controls and shower head, could I just use Gatorbite fittings and Pex? Would I be able to adapt the Pex and Gatorbite connectors to the shower head and the controls, or would I need one of those expensive crimpers?

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if the shower parts have threaded fittings you could probobly connect the pex to them them with threaded x pipe gatorbites, if they have sweat fittings you would have to use all copper pipe or sweat short pieces of copper pipe into the shower parts and then use gatorbites and pex

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if the shower parts have threaded fittings you could probobly connect the pex to them them with threaded x pipe gatorbites, if they have sweat fittings you would have to use all copper pipe or sweat short pieces of copper pipe into the shower parts and then use gatorbites and pex
Ok. So if I am going to have to sweat short pieces on it would probably be best to just sweat it all, correct? I was just looking for an easier way out
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Yes if its not threaded I would just sweat it all in.
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PEX crimpers don't have to be expensive. They can range from $30-$150+. Obviously you won't get the best quality for 30 bucks, but for the amount you'll be using them probably not a big deal.

If your shower valve is threaded, you can use threaded by barbed brass fittings in that, but would still need to sweat adapters on the supply lines coming up in the wall. I wouldn't use Sharkbite fittings unless that's your only option (i.e., don't know how to solder).

If you need to sweat your shower valve, it's typically easiest to do it while it's out of the shower. If you're not experienced with soldering, take the cartridge out first to avoid melting/damage.
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