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Wayco Wayne_2
Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479
for a couple hot water lines to a convector radiator. I ran PAP pex tubing under the floor and then used the sharkbite as a connector to copper coming up into the convector. I had trouble with leaking and had to get rid of it. I have used them with great success in renovations when taking out a cast iron radiator and capping the copper lines under the floor with Shark bite caps.

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  • Rich Kontny_3
    Rich Kontny_3 Member Posts: 562
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    Sharkbites

    Has anyone out there had any problems with"Sharkbite" products or other similar products. We have our doubts about overall durability and we hesitate to suggest putting them in. Only as a quick fix or in an accessible place where dripping will not cause damage.

    Thanks in advance!

    Rich K.

    Happy Thanksgiving to All!
  • Steve Ebels_3
    Steve Ebels_3 Member Posts: 1,291
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    No Problems Rich

    The only time I use them is when traditional methods would be too time consuming or to adapt from copper to PB, CPVC or the like. Makes for an easy change of materials. Haven't had any leaks or failures out of the 25-30 times I have used them.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
  • Bob Vennerbeck
    Bob Vennerbeck Member Posts: 105
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    great for 'Lego' plumbing

    I do a lot of renovation in occupied spaces, and with Sharkbites and Ferncos there can always be a rough kitchen sink again at the end of the day - as often as it takes....

    And pulling pex is so much easier if you can pop the end of the coil onto a hot water line and fill a 5 gallon bucket slowly, then release the Sharkbite - the tubing gets nice and limber, and keeps you working quickly before it cools back off again...
  • Rich Kontny_5
    Rich Kontny_5 Member Posts: 116
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    After I....

    posted this I called my old boss at Cliff Bergin and Associates and wished him a Happy Thanksgiving.Since Sharkbites were on my mind I asked him about them.He said with the very aggressive water in the Northshore suburbs of Milwaukee they are experiencing numerous failures and will probaly faze them out.

    Also they are showing up in many hardware stores where the DIYs are putting them in enclosed areas. Sounds like some upcoming liability issues here.Cheaper EPC look-a-likes are also out there.

    Just another case of misuse,abuse and poor line up etc.

    Rich K.

    P.S. He is ready for Pro-press as a sound alternative
  • hvacfreak
    hvacfreak Member Posts: 439
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    They work great on air conditioning condensate drains in larger buildings ( existing ) .

    1) No call out of main fire alarm
    2) plenum compliant
    3) no pressure application

    That Propress stuff would probably be ideal for this as well. -M





  • jim lockard
    jim lockard Member Posts: 1,059
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    Poly B

    Steve -I was told and showen on the paperwork to NEVER use Sharkbites or Titebites on Poly B pipe was told they are not rated for it. J.Lockard
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