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Old 03-16-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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A tub/shower faucet in a shower surround is in need of replacement. behind the tub/shower is the hot water heater so without moving the water heater I advised customer there was no way to access the plumbing for the shower. Customer insisted on cutting the panel out of the Fiberglas surround. So we just about got the faucet replaced using gator bites but then the pipe going up to the shower wasn't quite long enough to get the 'bite' of the gator and the water pressure blew it apart. Now my question is can we convert to pex for that one pipe going from the faucet up to the shower? Or should we just try to increase the length of the copper pipe by sweating a piece on? Or would PVC work?

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Get a slip style shark bite coupling.Its over twice the length of a standard coupling.That should make up the difference,but to be honest Im not a big fan of gator or shark bite fittings.

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A tub/shower faucet in a shower surround is in need of replacement. behind the tub/shower is the hot water heater so without moving the water heater I advised customer there was no way to access the plumbing for the shower. Customer insisted on cutting the panel out of the Fiberglas surround. So we just about got the faucet replaced using gator bites but then the pipe going up to the shower wasn't quite long enough to get the 'bite' of the gator and the water pressure blew it apart. Now my question is can we convert to pex for that one pipe going from the faucet up to the shower? Or should we just try to increase the length of the copper pipe by sweating a piece on? Or would PVC work?
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Yikes!

Why wasn't the water heater pulled---takes 15 or 20 minutes---

Young fellow---You are in the wrong trade---That was a no brainer---Now you have a mess.

The customer insisted---never let a customer dictate the fix---that is why they hired a pro---pros know the fix--customer only knows the problem.

You must learn to say," No thank you,mam--that's not the right way to do that. You will need to find someone else to do it that way,"
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