On Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 1:45:28 PM UTC-6, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
No longer allowed on my jobs where they walls are covered up. As with many
plumbers and remodellers around here, we have had too many problems with t
hem. Inside a wall they can have a tiny leak that is so small it goes unde
tected until of course, the wall is repaired and painted. Those couplers h
ave to be perfectly aligned and attached to work properly, and in difficult
conditions that can be too much of a moving target. On the other hand, th
ey do have their place, and for easily accessible areas they are dandly.
There are other types of cold joint couplings that are coming of age now, b
ut Sharkbites are falling rapidly out of favor around here.
On 2/2/16 12:24 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I've wondered about the long-term effectiveness of them, but I'm having
trouble weeding through the old-timers' technophobia and the real data.
Of the ones to which you refer, I wonder how many were improperly
installed. I wonder how many were pushed onto dirty, corroded copper
pipes. I wonder how many were inserted to the proper depth. I wonder
how many were inserted without the bushing insert for applications which
require it. I wonder a lot of things.
I also wonder about the longevity of any o-ring based water pipe
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 12:47:01 PM UTC-6, -MIKE- wrote:
Always a challenge with any new product. I am not the first to jump on a n
ew product, but don't like to be the last if the product is good. In this
case, I take heed from the two plumbers I use for all my plumbing work.
I tried to keep that in clear context in my post. In perfect conditions, a
perfect installation is reasonable and expected. However, all I do is mai
ntenance and repair, and as I tried to make clear in my post
"Those couplers have to be perfectly aligned and attached to work properly
, and in difficult conditions that can be too much of a moving target."
My plumber's last shot at Sharkbite couplers was about 8-9 months ago when
we had one leak a week later inside a will. Since I am always looking for
a way to keep from soldering, especially in cramped quarters, I let him use
the Sharkbite in a shower wall valve replacement. Keeping the hole as sma
ll as possible to eliminate tile repair and to be able to cover the hole wi
th a "Smitty" plate, he used Sharkbites.
On leaked, the other didn't. A couple of months later he announced to me t
o put back in is charge to solder as we were done with SBs unless he had cl
ear, easy, 360 degree access to the joint. In my business, that happens al
Later, my other plumber told me he wasn't going to use them as he had encou
ntered problems with them as well, and will only use them when he has ease
Both of these guys know me well. I am not concerned with something that "s
hould" work. I want a kill shot, one and done. Too many times that is diff
icult to begin with, and to use a product that requires a perfect installat
ion many times is asking too much. The difference I pay to have my joints
soldered is well worth the piece of mind I get.
Without a perfect, laboratory type installation onto perfectly cleaned, tru
ed, concentric pipes, I don't think all that long. Once the O ring loses i
ts elasticity (granted with neoprene it could take a few years)the joint is
shot. The only way a non leaking solder joint fails is movement of struct
ure or damage that takes place. I routinely go to jobs that have 50 years o
r older solder joints that are performing the same way they did when instal
That's been my complaint with Sharkbites. I have exactly one of them
installed in my house and don't plan on any more. It just bugs me to
death that the device is floppy on the pipe when it's properly
installed. Well - maybe the word floppy is a bit extreme, but it's not
a confidence inspiring rock solid joint like a solder joint is. Just
can't feel good about a valve that will spin around the pipe when it's
I needed to do an emergency repair a while back and looked at Shark
Bite, which would have been the quick and simple way to do it, and ended
up going for solder. One of these days I'm going to have open that wall
and do a proper, cosmetically attractive fix.
I never knew HF was open in the evening anyway...I thought they
closed at 6.
Around here it's common practice for the smaller contractors to
head to Home Depot at the crack of dawn to not only get whatever
parts they need for the day, but also to collect up whatever
labor they need. There's always a dozen or 20 guys hanging
around looking for a day job.
Their marginal cost of operation is the lowest for each additional
hour, too. I think the big thing is that the lost sales are minimal.
If the store is closed, people will buy tomorrow, so there is really
no lost sales. It's not like a fast-food restaurant.
i wonder what 7 to 8 pm looks like too
would not expect it to be very busy
i guess the wording they chose sounded better than saying something else
we are reducing store hours because the stores are empty and very few
sales are made and we can save a lot of money by closing an hour early
plus they throw a bone to their employees at no cost to the employer
Throw a bone? They've now eliminated at least the equivalent of a
half-time position. That's the pretty much the only cost savings they
can realize by reducing hours. Pretty much everything else has fixed
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