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Old 02-20-2016, 11:17 AM   #1
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Are Sharkbite fittings reusable?


I have a Sharkbite shutoff valve fitting that I previously attempted to use but it ended up leaking a bit because the end of the copper pipe was slightly bent in after I applied too much pressure too quickly with my pipe cutting tool. I did not have the disconnect tool at the time so I removed the valve by cutting the pipes on either side and I installed a new sharkbite valve and this time made sure each end of the pipe was perfect (the manufacturer is not kidding when they say the pipe has to be properly square for the fitting to work!!).

I put this 'used' valve in the garage for a later day as I understood that these could be reused. That later day has come and I need to install this in an interior location that will be permanent and hidden behind an access panel. I thought I better verify that I can 'reuse' these things so I checked this morning and this is what the manufacturer website states:

Q: Is a SharkBite fitting re-usable?

A: Yes, fittings can be reused for testing purposes, but any fitting used repeatedly for testing must not then be used in a permanent installation.

Ok, so what exactly does this mean? Can be reused for "testing" purposes only? Am I better off being safe and just buying a new one?
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To me, the key here is how dirty the valve openings are. Is the internal parts clean. If it's been sitting in a relativity clean environment then I'd use it.

Guys around here use push fit caps on tub spout rough ins. Over time the get coated with texture and taping compound and are installed and removed multiple times. This is the test condition you refer to.
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So it sounds like you are saying if the pipes were clean at the time of entry into the fitting, then it should be clean inside the fitting and good to reuse, right? I am still not clear on why the manufacturer calls it "testing". What is being "tested"?
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So it sounds like you are saying if the pipes were clean at the time of entry into the fitting, then it should be clean inside the fitting and good to reuse, right? I am still not clear on why the manufacturer calls it "testing". What is being "tested"?
I haven't read the website. But as a plumber, I use shark bits for temporary purposes such as testing a water system for leaks prior to drywall.
Unlike a copper cap, sharkbite caps can be reused multiple times. However, they are saying that every time it is reused, the fitting is slightly compromised and will eventually fail.
If you have only used this valve once, I wouldn't hesitate to reuse it
be sure it, and the pipe are clean as per manufactuer docs.
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Ah, I see what you are saying now. Thanks for clarifying.

Yes, the fitting should be clean as it was installed on clean pipes (no tape or other matter) so I will go ahead and use it again for what I need. Thanks for the comments.
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Just my humble opinion but I woiuldn't put any used fitting, especially a shark byte, in an area that wasn't observable unless leaking would not be a problem
In that particular area. I would play it safe an use a new one.
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That is a valid opinion too and something I have thought about considering I can get a new one for $10 or less. I suppose I could keep the other as an emergency backup. Thanks for the feedback on this.
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