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shark bite fittings

radmix Member Posts: 194
How do you contractors feel about shark bite fittings? Ive been doing plumbing for over 20 years and still like to solder. I see a lot of homeowners using these for repair work and I question the quality.


  • heatman101
    heatman101 Member Posts: 19
    Use them...

    However they provide no mechanical stability and will spin like a top...

    Only use them when needed in emergencies or to fix something quickly.... but have had no problems with them...
  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 7,354

    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • clammy
    clammy Member Posts: 3,095
    shark bite fittings

    I only use them as a temporary for copper caps on rough ins it's easier to remove and less waste  .I am sure i would never use them as a permamite fitting unless i was in a tight bind ,i also like to see a solder joint and i also rarely even use pex for water lines ,it does not add up to savingsto me  when you have to add a house PRV , portable expansion tank and a safety valve and then have a drain for the safety .I 'll stick to copper  peace and good luck clammy
    R.A. Calmbacher L.L.C. HVAC
    NJ Master HVAC Lic.
    Mahwah, NJ
    Specializing in steam and hydronic heating
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