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Old 05-04-2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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I need to splice a shark bite tee into a 1/2 inch copper water line to run water to my refridgerator. My thought is to cut the appropriate length of copper out then slide the shark bite into place. I believe I'll have some flex in the copper pipe but not much. Is this doable with the shark bite? Any hints would be appreciated. Thanks

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"Is this doable with the sharkbite?" YEP. And you may not have to cut any piping out. Determine how much you think should be removed, determine if the ends of the line after cutting will open that much, and install the sharkbite. I would clean the ends of the line further back than the sharkbite "bites" for a good seal. I'm not familiar with the "sharkbite" fittings. I used "Legris" and "Presto" fittings for years in an industrial setting with much success on air and water lines. They all use the same principle of sealing and grabbing. David

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Old 05-04-2010, 02:11 PM   #3
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my understanding is the plastic inserts need to come out when using copper
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Good point Mr. Polk, but what are the plastic pieces for? As I said, I'm not familiar with the "sharkbite" fittings out there today. I still had rather solder copper or use crimp fittings. Just me. David
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the inserts are there for plastic piping
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Thanks for the info, it sounds like this should work for me. I am planning on running 1/4" cpvc off the tee to the fridge; should I leave the plastic insert inside the 1/4" opening but remove it from the other openings that the copper will go into? I'm going with cpvc rather than pex or copper. The space is kind of tight to sweat copper and I don't want to buy all the pex tools. Thanks
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not sure if they have it for 1/4" you need to check
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Why can't you use an icemaker kit. It comes with the appropriate sized plastic tubing and what I believe is called a saddle tee that clamps onto the 1/2 inch copper pipe and a threaded puncture mechanism that you screw down to punch a hole in the copper. Then you just connect the tubing. If you do use a sharkbite tee, they also make slip couplings that give you 2 inches of play if there is not enough give in your copper line.
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Sharkbites only come in 1/2" and 3/4" as far as I know.

For your fridge application you should use the saddle tee that Jim mentioned - it's made for that purpose and is the simplest solution to the issue.
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I recommend against a saddle tee, they are know future leaks.

Install your Sharkbite tee ( Personally I would sweat in a copper tee). Install a short stub of copper and terminate with a 1/2' by 1/4" compression stop. From the stop run 1/4' flex copper tubing to the frig.
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Unfortunately - so are shark bites.

Pick your poison, nothing is leak proof
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Thanks to all for the advice. I did a Web seach on the shark bite and found that they offer a tee that has two 1/2" openings with a 1/4" reduction. The flex copper idea verses the cpvc sounds like a workable option. I haven't used the saddle tee but it certainly sounds like it would be the easiest. I'll check in with our local plumbing supply to get a visual on the options. Thanks again.

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