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Old 02-02-2013, 08:05 AM   #1
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A friend of mine is doing the glass doors on a shower. So he is checking out the guys plumbing and he tells me that they used some sort of copper fittings that are solderless. I tell him sharkbite fittings. The way he is describing them he claims they are copper with a little ridge along the edge. Are there copper sharkbite fitting? The plumber is licensed, it is a very high end bathroom. I am thinking that the plumber is just not dripping solder all over the place and my friend thinks it looks funny.

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Most likely they were pre soldered fittings

http://www.presolderedfittings.com/

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Pro Press compression fittings is my guess.
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or these solder-less and flame-less
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I showed him the links, it is one or the other. He thought they were pushed together and heated. The only reason we could think for using this type of fitting was for a time saving factor. These must have come around before the sharkbites. Personally I would not put these types of fittings in an enclosed space
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I showed him the links, it is one or the other. He thought they were pushed together and heated. The only reason we could think for using this type of fitting was for a time saving factor. These must have come around before the sharkbites. Personally I would not put these types of fittings in an enclosed space
Shark bites are fine in an enclosed space, when properly installed. They work just as well as soldered or crimped fittings. Personally I find that the Shark Bites are quicker to install, and pretty much dummy proof, that even a five year old could install them.
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Shark bites are fine in an enclosed space, when properly installed. They work just as well as soldered or crimped fittings. Personally I find that the Shark Bites are quicker to install, and pretty much dummy proof, that even a five year old could install them.
That's funny, because I went behind a guy I work with on a job where he patched some copper with a piece of pex and 2 sharkbites (lame, I patch copper with copper. <_< ) and the pex stiffeners were both completely crushed inside of the sharkbites. I'm surprised the poor lady was getting any water at all through that mess.

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P.S. : I don't consider those pre-soldered fittings to be any sort of time saver what so ever. You still have to measure, cut, ream, clean, flux, support, and heat the joint. The solder is already in there, so you're merely taking a 2 handed operation and making it a 1 handed operation.
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P.S. : I don't consider those pre-soldered fittings to be any sort of time saver what so ever. You still have to measure, cut, ream, clean, flux, support, and heat the joint. The solder is already in there, so you're merely taking a 2 handed operation and making it a 1 handed operation.
Totally agree- but what homeowner wants to pay over $20 for a roll of solder
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That's funny, because I went behind a guy I work with on a job where he patched some copper with a piece of pex and 2 sharkbites (lame, I patch copper with copper. <_< ) and the pex stiffeners were both completely crushed inside of the sharkbites. I'm surprised the poor lady was getting any water at all through that mess.

That would be because the idiot did not use the insert that goes inside the PEX, before you place it inside the Shark Bite. Keep in mind, that real Shark bites have the insert already as a part of the piece, off brands have them in the bag, or you have to purchase them separate. Also the person buying them, needs to make sure that they state they are for PEX, not just CTS, CPVC, Copper

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