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I think they are great , especially in tight areas. I use them mostly on qest repairs as they do not strain the qest like crimp fittings can. The only down side is. They are sold at Dixie line so once a customer sees you install, they can do it themselves next time.
Many of the plumbers here that I talk with have used them with qest. So far I have not heard of any problems. I never warranty qest repairs, as the pipe is bound to leak again anyway. I have another waiver notifying the home owner of the recall. I have probably done over 50 repairs this way and have not had a problem yet. Not to mention at the parts store they recommend it for qest repairs over the crimp fittings. But it is good to know as I did not know this.
Maybe it's the NewEnglandah in me but, How else would you pronounce Qest?
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I do not know what the big stink is about shark bite fittings is, as they have been around for over 10 years ,over seas . They carry plenty of certifications. They are made to be installed in walls and covered. I have not used them in this way. Although even if you do, the manufacturer Carry's the liability as long as they were installed up to code. The manufacturer has distributed them for about twelve years in Australia. They make them to be used with pex water supply and radiant heating systems.
I have the literature that shows they are approved for non-accessible locations . My nerves won"t allow it. I still don"t like pex , wirsbo or Kitec either . I use them to keep competitive but I just am a metal pipe plumber . I prefer The coated black iron pipe for underground as opposed to the pex , but I use pex with the transition risers ....to be competitive . I am glad I can use pvc dwv for the first 3 stories of a bldg. though. I think plumbing softeners and water heaters with flex lines sucks . Nothing prettier than nicely soldered lines . Plumb , level , nicely strapped ....I'm starting to tingle