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Old January 16th 10, 03:26 AM posted to alt.home.repair
Jim Elbrecht Jim Elbrecht is offline
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Default Sharkbite plumbing fittings - a bad idea?

On Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:38:07 -0800 (PST), JIMMIE
wrote:

On Jan 15, 9:23*pm, "Smarty" wrote:
I am wondering whether there are any reasons to NOT use Sharkbite
push-fit plumbing fittings other than their relatively high cost?

Rather than sweat soldering, they seem like a really attractive and
very fast way to install copper plumbing without use of a torch or
solder. I am especially curious to know if they are holding up well,
and are as good as they appear on paper.

Any opinions would be most appreciated.

Smarty


Compared to sweated fittings they are bulky and expensive and ease of
installation may range from not that much easier to a real PITA
compared to sweating copper.


Tell me a situation where a sharkbite is a PITA compared to sweating
copper.

I only have 2 in my house in a spot where I didn't feel like sweating
a couple of joints because they were hard to get to & surrounded by
flammables. Haven't leaked yet- 3yrs or so.

They *are* expensive, they *are* bulky. But harder than sweating? I
don't see it.

Jim