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  • Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

    Have any of you used them??
    "...then there was that dusky gal in Bangkok...real crossway breeder I swear"

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    Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

    this has come up on a few occassions.

    i give it 3 thumbs up.

    cons, a little pricey.

    pros, a poor mans propress. can work on copper, cpvc, pex. even on wet connections.

    i've used them for the past few years as needed

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

      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.
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      • #4
        Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

        Keep in mind the Shark-Bite fittings are only listed for copper, PEX and CPVC. They are not listed for PEX-AL-PEX or Polybutylene.

        Mark
        "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

        I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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        • #5
          Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

          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.
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          • #6
            Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

            Look even Bob Vila is using them for qest. Or as they say qwest.
            http://www.bobvila.com/BBS/Qest_pipe...g-1-T5636.html
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            • #7
              Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

              Maybe it's the NewEnglandah in me but, How else would you pronounce Qest?

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              • #8
                Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

                Shark bites will get you out of a jam but I would not use them where there is no access after the repair . ie. behind repaired / replaced wallboard

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                • #9
                  Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

                  Originally posted by apf View Post
                  Shark bites will get you out of a jam but I would not use them where there is no access after the repair . ie. behind repaired / replaced wallboard

                  i second that. any one i've ever used is located in an area that water damage will not hurt. i also date the fitting to know how long it's been there and how well it has performed in the real world.

                  rick.
                  phoebe it is

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                  • #10
                    Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

                    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.
                    Last edited by Crappy days; 06-13-2007, 01:44 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

                      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

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                      • #12
                        Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

                        Are you talking about water supply or gas. I do not know anyone who uses pex for gas or coated black iron for water. Do you mean the yellow poly with transitions.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

                          I was speaking of gas

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                          • #14
                            Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

                            I reread and seen I should have said poly for gas , sometimes I lump all the plastics together ,my mistake

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                            • #15
                              Re: Pro's & Con's of Shark Bite fittings?

                              Shark-Bites are also approved to be used underground which seems a little odd but it tells you they are well built.

                              Mark
                              "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                              I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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