How long does Sharkbite last?
I have to replace a toilet shut-off valve and all that HD had was
They say it doesn't leak but they don't say for how long it doesn't
I don't like the idea of selling the house and the new owners saying bad
things about me after I'm gone, like I did about the previous owner for
his terrible caulking.
They are supposed to last about forever. I had a couple of them in my
house but only for a couple of years now. In my case, I used them in
a couple of places where it was difficult to safely solder and I'd do
They rotate, even after they are connected! They had 4 examples on
display at home depot and they rotate as easy as a wheel on a toy truck!
This is a toilet shut off valve. Only 4 to 6 inches from the particle
board with wood-like finish cabinet on the left to the valve. And the
supply pipe to the tank goes straight up so I guess about 6 inches to
the toilet on the right.
I've soldered about a dozen pipes, never had much trouble, but had loads
of space to work with. Do you think there is room here?
I could also go somewhere else and buy a valve with compression fitting
on the pipe and the supply tube.
The shark bite is a BETTER solution than the compression fitting. With
compression fittings, over time, you often get seepage between the
olive and the pipe which shows up as a greenish white deposit at the
joint. I've never seen that with a sharkbite.
I have one of these for sweating in tight places, but I've also used
SharkBites and would use them again if the situation called for it.
Sometimes it's not just the proximity to other objects that makes sweating
pipes difficult, but how hard it is to get to, etc.
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I've never liked compression fittings. Too bulky for one thing and more apt
to seep than only other type of fitting I've tried.
Same here. I wanted to tap into the pipe that goes to my front hose bib,
which is at street pressure, and run a "street pressure" pipe for my back
hose bib. The pipe is way up is right up against the front wall and the
pipe to the back of the house was going to run over the ductwork, up in a
joist bay. On my workbench, I sweated the complicated section where the
pipe comes down from the joist bay to the hose bib, then ran a length of
PEX across the basement and used Sharkbites to connect the PEX to the
copper at both ends. It's been 5 years or so that's all I can attest to as
far as longevity.
The fun part was the SharkBite cap that I used when I removed the old pipe
to the rear hose bib. I was procrastinating starting the plumbing job and
knew I needed something to get me started. I figured that if I removed the
old pipe to the hose bib, I'd have to install the new one. One Sunday I was
watching a football game. I got up during a commercial, turned off the
water to the house, cut the pipe to the hose bib, popped on a SharkBite
cap, and turned the water back on. I was back upstairs before the
commercial was over.
I don't think they certified them for underground and no-access-panel
installations based on what the guy at Home Depot said.
It would depend on the conversation that we had beforehand. If he had a
valid reason for using them, and the cost was the same or cheaper than
other connection methods, I don't think it would be an issue.
I'm not arguing, but let me toss the same question back to you. What would
be running through your head?
Even I, just a DIY homeowner, _could_ (and have) sweat soldered fittings in
tight places. I've used my heat shield blanket and even wetted down the
surrounding wood just to be safe. I _could_ (and have) screwed many a
screw with a screwdriver. However, in both cases, there are now easier
options. In both cases, the easier option is more expensive, but the time
and effort saved is often well worth the expense.
I know that in my case, when transitioning from copper to PEX, or even
doing a copper to copper addition - in very tight spaces - the extra
expense doesn't bother me at all. As I said in one of my other posts, I
have sweated together sections of plumbing with multiple fittings in my
shop and then, quick and easy, inserted these sections into the existing
plumbing up in the joist bays.
Well worth the extra money the couple of SharkBites cost me, although it's
the expense that prevents from going all Sharkbites.
Why? Do you not trust the certifications granted? Is there a time period
that you have set before you'll start trusting the certification that
allows them to be used underground and in other concealed spaces? Again,
plumbers would lose lots of business and money if sharkbites become common.....
so they wouldnt use them themselves and discurage others whenever possible.
kinda like the end of cast iron since its largely been replaced by PVC
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