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Old 11-23-2014, 09:14 AM   #1
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I've read some of the forums out there and the consensus seems to be sharkbites are pretty darn good.

I'm doing a partial remodel and I'm going to have to be moving water lines and drains. I was thinking about using sharkbites on the existing copper then going to PEX, for the ease of use. Do you recommend?

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the consensus seems to be sharkbites (can be) pretty darn good.
In the right circumstances... like unplanned repair work.

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I'm doing a partial remodel ...Do you recommend?
Nope. Not for **planned** work.

If you don't know how to sweat copper... use this as a way to learn.
If you do know how... the cost is lower with sweat fittings.
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Ayuh,.... Agreed,.... Shark-bites are Great, for a quick fix, or for a fittin' ya can't get close enough to, to solder,...

No way I'd use 'em, for everyday plumbin',.... Tooooo expensive,...
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:01 PM   #4
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If soldering cannot be preformed due to confined space or swiveling is needed, sharkbites. Otherwise, save your money!
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Shark bites are good for "quick" fixes AND long term use.
If cost is not an issue for you and time is, the shark bites are the way to go.
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Shark bites are good for "quick" fixes AND long term use.
If cost is not an issue for you and time is, the shark bites are the way to go.
I have posted my support of Sharkbite-brand fittings numerous times but I disagree with this quote. Sharkbite-brand fittings are great for small or temporary repairs when a more permanent solution is not viable at the moment. Use permanent fittings for a professional quality plumbing job.
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Shark bites are also useful as a means to provide a disconnect in a PEX run, similar to what a union does for copper piping. I have two sharkbites in my house, one provides a disconnect on the downstream side of the well T, and one provides a disconnect on the cold water inlet to the water heater. The shark bite on the well water line has been in place for 8 years with no issues, the one on the water heater has been in for 5 years with no issues.
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Well, I've completed two bathroom remodels with them, behind the wall, and am now into year 8 on one (might have been a "Gatorbite") and year 4 on the other with no problems. I also see why a professional would prefer copper and if I had those everyday skills, I would have used copper as well. But for a homeowner who can do all the other work required except the copper --- weigh the cost between using them and calling a professional out to do the work, I'll go with the homeowner product.
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If it's not soldered you can't trust it. It's quick to clean, paste and sweat a joint. Much cheaper also
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Any one can glue CPVC waterlines. Permanent and cheap.
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I have never seen a cpvc water line. Copper, pex , threaded brass and old school galvy are all I have ever dealt with.
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CPVC been out for a while now. You use one step glue its the yellow cpvc glue and go to it. Run it just like copper. Just use plastic straps. No special tools... Give it an hour or 2 to dry and your done.
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I'm not worry about sweating fittings, but (sorry plumbers) I think pex is better. Thank you all for the input
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If it's not soldered you can't trust it. It's quick to clean, paste and sweat a joint. Much cheaper also
Old school BS. You can trust Sharkbites. Fittings like Sharkbites have been in use for many years. One of these days soon, soldering will have gone the way of the buggy whip.
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I'll believe that after seeing it 75 years from now.
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