Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-15-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 119
Share |
Default

shark bite connectors


I have an existing water heater that will son be replaced. The existing water heater has copper lines running off of it.

I was thinking of using shark bite connectors along with the flex tubing to connect to the existing copper supply lines.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051

has anyone used this procedure rather than the standard soldering method?

I'd love to AVOID soldering all together but figured I'd get the opinions first.

crankbait09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 04:31 PM   #2
MarginallyQualified
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Winston-Salem NC
Posts: 3,647
Default

shark bite connectors


Quote:
Originally Posted by crankbait09 View Post
The existing water heater has copper lines running off of it.
I'd love to AVOID soldering all together but figured I'd get the opinions first.
If you don't already know how to solder pipe & fittings...
this would be a great opportunity to remedy that shortcoming.

Get some help and learn a new skill.

TarheelTerp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 24
Default

shark bite connectors


Those fittings work great.Used many of them over the years.
ndmick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 06:28 PM   #4
moderator
 
TheEplumber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Idaho
Posts: 6,555
Default

shark bite connectors


Quote:
Originally Posted by TarheelTerp View Post
If you don't already know how to solder pipe & fittings...
this would be a great opportunity to remedy that shortcoming.

Get some help and learn a new skill.
The dark side of me hopes sharkbites start to fail soon like PB piping did. Then plumbers will have job security for a while longer
__________________
When posting in forums, letting us know your location will help others give better feedback/advice/solutions to your questions
TheEplumber is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 06:49 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,526
Default

shark bite connectors


Quote:
Originally Posted by TheEplumber View Post
The dark side of me hopes sharkbites start to fail soon like PB piping did. Then plumbers will have job security for a while longer
Welcome to the dark side.
VIPlumber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 06:50 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 119
Default

shark bite connectors


tarheel - I have actually soldered ONCE this past spring. Had to replace a busted copper line in the garage from a piece of ice bustingout the side a number of years ago. I broke down and attempted to solder. Oh, it worked with no problems but it looked like crapola!!!!!

I work at Home Depot and I am starting to cross train within a few departments. Plumbing being one of them.

Today was my first day of plumbing training and I was introduced to the shark bite/PEX route compared to the soldering route.................I was happier than a pig in mud!!!
crankbait09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 06:55 PM   #7
MarginallyQualified
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Winston-Salem NC
Posts: 3,647
Default

shark bite connectors


Quote:
Originally Posted by crankbait09 View Post
I have actually soldered ONCE this past spring.
Oh, it worked with no problems but it looked like crapola!
Did it leak?
The next attempt should be better. Keep trying.

Quote:
I work at Home Depot...
Sharkbites have a place. An example of that place is at 2AM with water filling the basement and a corroded over valve that won't close.

They should NOT be used for planned work.
Plan your work. Do it right.
TarheelTerp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 07:12 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 119
Default

shark bite connectors


nope, no leaks but visually it looks like it was done by a drunk plumber
crankbait09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2012, 12:47 AM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 119
Default

shark bite connectors


I used shark bite to connect the copper pipe to pex pipe while doing remodeling. It's been 1.5 years so far and no problem at all.
__________________
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Stephen S. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2012, 07:24 AM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 119
Default

shark bite connectors


OK, so far, for the most part, I'm hearing nothing but positive about these pex/SB connectors.

If these PEX/SB connectors work VERY WELL, why can they not be used instead of copper piping for the water heater? What am I misunderstanding?
crankbait09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2012, 08:51 AM   #11
MarginallyQualified
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Winston-Salem NC
Posts: 3,647
Default

shark bite connectors


Quote:
Originally Posted by crankbait09 View Post
If these PEX/SB connectors work VERY WELL, why can they not be used instead of copper piping for the water heater? What am I misunderstanding?
No one is saying that they won't work.
I have two in my own basement right now.

What is being said is twofold:
a) learn the proper skill
b) use that skill at the proper time
TarheelTerp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2012, 08:55 AM   #12
moderator
 
TheEplumber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Idaho
Posts: 6,555
Default

shark bite connectors


The UPC does not allow pex to be connected to a water heater. Has to be 18 or 24" away-can't remember which
__________________
When posting in forums, letting us know your location will help others give better feedback/advice/solutions to your questions
TheEplumber is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2012, 08:59 AM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 119
Default

shark bite connectors


ahhh, the code.

I will post some pictures as well as dimensions and i will get a confirmed "don't do it" or "go ahead"
crankbait09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2012, 09:21 AM   #14
Doing it myself
 
Alan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Crescent City, CA
Posts: 3,692
Send a message via AIM to Alan Send a message via MSN to Alan
Default

shark bite connectors


Quote:
Originally Posted by crankbait09 View Post
nope, no leaks but visually it looks like it was done by a drunk plumber
If I was a sober plumber, i'd take offense at that...


wait...
__________________
Journeyman Plumber
Alan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2012, 09:21 AM   #15
Doing it myself
 
Alan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Crescent City, CA
Posts: 3,692
Send a message via AIM to Alan Send a message via MSN to Alan
Default

shark bite connectors


Quote:
Originally Posted by theeplumber View Post
the upc does not allow pex to be connected to a water heater. Has to be 18 or 24" away-can't remember which
18" .

__________________
Journeyman Plumber
Alan is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Alan For This Useful Post:
VIPlumber (07-16-2012)
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gator bite & shark bite jamjr74 Plumbing 7 04-22-2012 07:55 AM
Shark Bite fittings Red Squirrel Plumbing 32 03-21-2011 10:58 AM
shark bite fitting Boston Bean Plumbing 6 09-12-2010 12:01 PM
Splicing Shark Bite Jack E Plumbing 11 05-04-2010 05:48 PM
Replace PEX fitting with Shark Bite Push Connector? larrybr45 Plumbing 3 01-27-2008 02:01 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.