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Old 07-29-2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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Anybody ever use SharkBite connectors?

Looking to use PEX to repair a burst pipe. Since the area is very tight (under bathroom sink, next to cubby where wheel well sits below fridge) I'm thinking of using SharkBite (registered trademark) connectors and PEX to replace the burst area and the T union next to it.

I'm sure people have PEX in their RVs, just wondering if anyone has experience with the SharkBite connectors, especially copper to PEX transitions. Blue Hawk makes a similar product I think.
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I used one on my S&B a couple of years ago and it's still holding fine.
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:26 PM   #3
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I used it in the rv to put a shut off on the toilet, two years ago.
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:37 PM   #4
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used them many times, only when we run out of flair-it fittings as they cost a lot more and your paying for ease of install. I don't think there any better or worse, just cost more...
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:53 PM   #5
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Great product never had a problem with one leaking, however I have tried some other brands that weren't as easy to use and did have some issues with them. They are a bit expensive but much cheaper than a plumber or 180.00 per hour at your local rv dealer and guess what most plumbers are using, you got it.
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Was in the hot water heating business for a while... and while I just couldn't ever bring myself to install a sharkbite inside a wall or ceiling where it wasn't accessible, I've never seen one fail. Good product.

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Old 07-29-2014, 05:12 PM   #7
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Use them all the time in my remodeling business. Never have had a failure.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:25 PM   #8
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I had a PEX failure on my water heater supply line that had some turns and elevation changes. Chickened out with repairs I was not familiar with and bought a 24" under-counter faucet supply hose. No $$ pain and no worries, would do it again.
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Replaced sink faucets with them instead of new crimps. Well worth the cost. Everyone should carry a Sharkbite shutoff valve. At least you can terminate a leaking line. ;-)
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Being a residential plumber for a few years,I have seen a lot of them. Never used one,but haven't seen one fail.BUT,in my opinion, if you shake it and it moves,eventually it will fail.
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Expensive but good.....
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:44 PM   #12
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Suggest routing any "new work" such that no connectors are "out of sight".

Inside cabinets fine but inside walls not so much.

Did complete redo of ours with pex but used crimps as lots less cost overall.
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Used them on a waterheater by-pass re-work two years ago, no problems.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:38 AM   #14
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If you check out the newer RVs they use Pex throughout. My RV uses the stainless clamps. The tool is reasonable at Home Depot. If you buy the fittings in packages of 10 at Home Depot they are also quite reasonable. I have heard the brass fittings are better than the plastic. I re-plumbed a water filter in my S&B home and used all Pex. They have brass threaded fittings that will go from standard steel pipe to Pex.
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