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Old Days

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Posted: 05/20/20 11:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They do work great but are kind of pricey, if you aren't in a hurry with a leak go to Amazon and order the pex crimping tool. It is a good tool to have to fix plumbing in your home and RV.

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One of the problems is not all pipe is created equal. Shark Bites are designed for specific pipe sizes and well

When the shark bites
into Pex Dear
Water leaks
Go away
When the shark bits
Into Pex Dear
Good connections
here to stay.

But if its a pex lookalike the ID or OD may be a bit different so if the ID is different the seal won't seal and if the OD the bite won't bite.


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Posted: 05/20/20 06:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ocean bound wrote:

Has anybody use shark bites in their motorhome in the plumbing system And how well are they holding up I just used two of the push on shark bites in the bathroom fixture made the job a lot Easier Just curious how they hold up in a motorhome or trailer


They are awesome. Use them and forget about it!


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Yep many times even used a shark bite shut off valve on the water line when installing a new toilet.


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I haven't tried them in an RV but I have used them a couple times in home plumbing. They often leak in my experience. I only use them in an emergency or as a last resort. If at all possible I use the "real" connector appropriate for the pipe.
Last time I used on I was trying to save time. I had to install it 3 times and it still leaked so I finally just sweated on a crimp fitting to connect the copper and pex. I should have just done that to begin with. It would have saved time and aggravation.

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I've used them several times over the years, on copper (in the S&B) and PEX (in the MH). Never had one leak.


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Two keys to success I've found over the years with any of the push-on fittings are to make sure the end of the tubing is cut square and especially with copper tubing, that the cut is fully deburred so the O-rings aren't damaged on insertion.


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There is a reason that the industry uses Pex tube with a Pex clamp. If you have a choice buy the Pex tool and clamps. Way more secure.


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chuckftboy wrote:

There is a reason that the industry uses Pex tube with a Pex clamp. If you have a choice buy the Pex tool and clamps. Way more secure.


Yea there is a reason.... $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

The industry would not use the more expensive shark bites...


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The key to Shark Bites is to use a cutting tool to make darn sure the cut is prefect with no angle then listen for two (2) clicks when you push them together.

I have never had one leak but know of occasions when people say they always leak.

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