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Old 07-01-2007, 08:24 AM   #1
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I was in Home Depot last night picking up some odds n ends, and noticed that they're now carrying "Sharkbite" fittings. Cash Acme - Products - SharkBite® Connection System

these are the "push on" fittings that can connect cpvc, copper, or pex...similar to the "sea-tech" fittings that many have used.

they're a little spendy, but from what I could tell, not much out of line compared w/ sea-tech/watts. The do look more rugged...they've got at least some metal in them.

They had a neat little display with a "tee" fitting and short lengths of each pipe material that you could install and remove w/ the little removal tool. very quick and easy to connect.

anyway, just thought I'd post a heads-up. always good to have another option available.
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That's very good to know--thank you for the evaluation and report! We're going to have to do some plumbing work in our 310 and this stuff could be helpful, depending on what we find.

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Old 07-01-2007, 10:37 AM   #3
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I used sharkbite earlier this year when changing out my water heater. It works on either copper or PEX, so it makes a great transition between the two. They are a little pricey. They work well, great for tight areas with limited access such as the bottom of a closet behind the water heater. :-)
I have removed them and re-installed them with no problems and if I recall, are rated for 200#.
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I used sharkbite earlier this year when changing out my water heater. It works on either copper or PEX, so it makes a great transition between the two. They are a little pricey. They work well, great for tight areas with limited access such as the bottom of a closet behind the water heater. :-)
I have removed them and re-installed them with no problems and if I recall, are rated for 200#.
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I have just completed the same installation. I could barely get my arms into the space available to make the water connections and probably would be still out in my coach cursing had I were using a wrench. The best advantage was when leaks kept appearing in the wrench-up connection to the tank. To retighten those it was a very simple disconnect of the Pex/Shark Bite to allow the repair. Pricey, yes. A happy connection, priceless.

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Along with the lack of access in there, probably the best reason for me to use sharkbite was that I didn't have to stick a soldering torch in there and risk burning my trailer down around my ears.
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I use them all, and I have tried the Sharkbite. Very similar to the Sea-tech, but more of a pain to remove. I have concentrated my inventory on the Sea-Tech as they are more available to me in the quantities that I need ( I don't get them from HD) and on occassion, I need to R & R fittings, so they are the one of choice for me.

Either is a HUGE improvement over any of the others.
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Shark-bite/Sea-Tech for non-standard copper pipe size?

Would love to use the shark-bite type fittings. . . . BUT, our 75' 22' Argy seems to have a non-standard (by today's standards) copper piping . . . the I.D. of our copper fresh water plumbing is 5/8" . . . . the shark-bite 1/2" connectors are tooo small, 3/4" toooo large!

We have to replace our pressure regulator, plus a section of piping that has a break . . . .

Any suggestions for a 1/2" to 5/8" adapter . . . .

(and it's way too tight in the corner to even attempt soldering!)
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I am guessing that your pipes have frozen at some time in the past, without bursting. The pipes get enlarged and the fittings won't fit. I had the same problem in my Caravel (although I had a split in the pipe) - couldn't just cut out the bad area due to the swollen pipes.

I wanted new plumbing throughout anyway . . . .
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Whitelight, I didn't read carefully. Your situation with the broken section is exactly what I had. Even though I had only one split area, all of the copper in the system had swollen.
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retronotold, thanks for this info . . . your'e right, that's exactly what may have happened to our trailer's copper plumbing . . . that's one of the great things about this forum . . . discovering others have had similar experiences! (and our trailer wasn't orginally plumbed with 5/8" copper pipe!)

yes, looks we're in for new plumbing as well . . . did a temporary fix for the vintage rally next weekend . . . . cut out the section with the split, then used a piece of reinforced PVC food grade hose . . . inserted between the two open ends of copper pipe, hose clamped in place. Works well when we use our internal water system.
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. . . . cut out the section with the split, then used a piece of reinforced PVC food grade hose . . . inserted between the two open ends of copper pipe, hose clamped in place. Works well when we use our internal water system.
I would use 2 clamps on each end of the PVC. You might not get a 'round tuit' and get comfortable with the temp repair. Those hose clamps loosen with time.

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and even better than that...you can get compression fittings that are 1/2" on one end, and pipe-thread on the other...into which you can insert a 1/2" pipe thread>hose barb. clamp the tubing onto the barbs...it'll hold better.

my water pump intake line was "as described" above...just a hose clamped onto a short stub of copper pipe. The only reason it held was because its a suction line. hoses clamped to copper pipe won't hold pressure for very long. but they will, if clamped to a barb.
anyway, I changed it over as I described...compression fitting (no room to solder in there! barely room to swing a wrench, either), and a hose barb. Even though it wasn't leaking before, I feel much better about it.
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Was wondering where to find sharkbites withpout having to order on-line. Just ran the first line in the TW this weekend to start mapping the layout of the new plumbing. Took quite a bit of work to get the old copper out but it's all gone now! Seeing that the PEX tool is $100 and doesn't give a lot of room for using in tight spots I might have to go to HD. Not a place I like to go to but if they got them then so me it. The only thing I was not happy with when I was on the website is that there shut off valves are very, very pricey! A few of those and I could buy the crimping tool!
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... The only thing I was not happy with when I was on the website is that there shut off valves are very, very pricey! A few of those and I could buy the crimping tool!
what website were you on? I couldn't find them listed on the HD site....and I'd like to see a price list, to do a side-by-side comparison w/ the sea-techs...which are carried by Lowe's, btw. or at least, something that looks an awful lot like them, and is made by Watts, which bought sea-tech. funny thing there...they have a "sea tech" sign/brochure up in their plubming department...but nothing that actually "says" sea-tech on the label. whatever. they have expensive, plastic, snap-on fittings that will join copper, pex, or pvc.
just working from memory, it seems that the prices between the 2 are comparable. I think there was a larger variety of fittings with the sharkbites.
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