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Old 08-06-2015, 06:30 PM   #1
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Pex tool recommendations for sharkbite?


I'm transitioning from copper to pex and looking for recomendations of what tools to buy from HD for sharkbite?
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If you use Sharkbites, you do not need any tools.
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If you use Sharkbites, you do not need any tools.
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HD carries tools for SS cinch rings and copper crimp rings. The do not carry expansion tools.
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Off the top of my head:

1. Get a good (i.e. just not cheapest) PEX pipe cutter.

2. This thing (link) is helpful to gauge the fitting depth on pipes and to de-burr (and yes, you should still de-burr the PEX after cutting it)

3. These aren't a "must", and I don't think HD typically stocks these in-store, but disconnect tongs (both 1/2" and 3/4") are really nice to have if you are going to do quite a bit of Sharkbite stuff

I'm definitely a big fan of Sharkbites, but they ain't totally idiot-proof Here are some thoughts:

Make nice clean cuts on the pipe (good cutting tool!). De-burr the cut - make sure there are no sharp edges around the cut that could snag the fitting's o-ring. I even go so far as to very carefully take some super fine emory cloth around the cut after I de-burr.

Make sure that the next 1" or so after the cut is CLEAN and SMOOTH - any nicks, rough spots, scratches, dings, etc will compromise the o-ring seal sooner or later.

Use the de-burr tool depth option to mark the pipe where the fitting should end up seating down to. I've skipped that step before, and was of course absolutely convinced that I had pushed the fitting all the way in. I was wrong, and it wasn't pretty when I turned the water back on!

Push the fitting on nice & straight -- no need to wiggle or twist it on. Make sure the fitting is fully seated down to its stop. As I just mentioned, this can be deceiving sometimes, so push till you hit your mark on the pipe.

Do all of that, and you should be golden. Good luck!

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No tolls necessary at all when using sharkbite, that's why i love them. John Guest offers the same type of fitting as well. Unless your making connections through crimp or clamp ring you don't need any tools necessarily, but like someone said before a ratchet PEX cutter would do wonders.
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