5 Stars By Vyse2k3 on 2016-05-11
Fantastic option to repair minor pipe damage
First, I have to say I'm not the handiest person in the world. I've done many minor general repairs around my home over the years, but plumbing issues have always been kind of intimidating. Unfortunately, several months ago one of my pex pipes under the house, leading to the kitchen sink, was chewed up by an animal that had managed to sneak down there. After researching the issue I attempted a couple of repairs that didn't get the job done.
While researching what other options I had online, I ran into many repair sites that raved about SharkBites for jobs such as the one I needed done. I talked to someone I knew who had used one in the past and likewise had nothing but positive things to say about them. I didn't have money for a plumber so based on all the positive reviews and word of mouth gave this item a shot.
It worked pefectly. I purchased a tubing cutter along with this, measured how much pex I'd have to cut, got under the house and it literally took me less than five minutes to cut the pex and install the SharkBite. I did this eight months ago and the repair is still holding strong.
The only thing I'd advise is that this item doesn't come with the removal tool, so I'd highly suggest getting that along with this. If you end up installing it incorrectly or unevenly, its very difficult to remove with the tool. Installation doesn't require a tool, only removal.
I can't even stress how relieved I was to find the SharkBite and that it was so easy to install. Highly recommended to repair minor holes in pipes or as a general coupler to join two pieces together.
on 2016-11-11 They Work As Well As Everyone Says They Do
I'm can tackle a lot of different projects around the house, but plumbing - with the exception of simple stuff, like fixing a leaky faucet - has always been my kryptonite. Regardless, when I found these SharkBite fittings I did a little research, read the reviews, watched a few instructional videos, and figured I'd give them a shot. Let me tell you, they are a complete game-changer. When I went to start the original project I was going to use them for though, I got a nasty surprise: the gate valve on my main water shutoff had failed, and I couldn't turn the water in my house off. Well, if I was going to make those other repairs using SharkBite fittings, why not use them to replace the main shutoff? So I did, and it worked out beautifully. Installation was painless, and I saved a few hundred dollars and couldn't be happier. By the way, replacing the main shutoff is what I needed this coupling for. Cutting out the old valve left a gap too large to install the Cash Acme 24736LF Sharkbite Slip Ball Valve, 3/4-Inch
by itself (max gap 2.25"), so I had to cut a larger section of pipe, put this coupling at one end, and the ball valve at the other, with a piece of new pipe between them. Presto! All fixed, and nary a sign of a leak.
Update on 1/25/2018: I kept a close eye on the new main shutoff for quite some time after I installed it, but now, over a year later, it's still standing strong, with not the slightest hint of a leak.
5 Stars By robosolo on 2016-06-24
Excellent, fast but follow the instructions
I struggled with this review a bit - between 4 and 5 stars. On the slight down side, this type of pipe connection allows a lot of movement - especially rotational. On the positive side, NO MORE SOLDER and it doesn't leak if installed correctly.
A word about installation: Follow the directions and smooth any burrs from the pipe end. They actually make a cheap but highly effective tool to do this smoothing and deburring and I highly recommend that you get one (Cash Acme U702A Shark Bite Deburring and Depth Tool - $10.60 on AlumiGogo). They also make a dinky little over-priced tool to push in the flanges for fitting removal - which you should probably also get.
5 Stars By Old Retired Man on 2017-08-10
Save your Propane for your camp stove..
I've been using these for a few years and love them. Never had one fail yet.
I do not like to solder anymore. (I moved into a 1956 house in 1973, when all the copper started leaking).
Soldering is nowhere near as clean or as quick as using SharkBite fittings. They are amazing!
There are some places where it's almost impossible to get at the area that needs repair, much less use a propane torch.
Yes, SharkBite fittings cost more money, but the time saved (and removing the fire risk) makes them worth the extra you spent.
I have not purchased a new propane or MAP-gas bottle for years!
5 Stars By Fuzzy Logic on 1969-12-31
Really easy install
I need to fix my outside faucet. It's copper pipe to the spigot and it needs to connect to PEX indoors. Nothing else has worked or required expensive crimping tools and all this other junk. While I was talking on the phone I absent-mindedly slipped this on the end of the copper pipe and then realized you CANNOT GET IT OFF, oh *&^%!!! This thing is not coming off. I pulled it very hard and nothing. Thankfully it fit through the hole in my house anyway. It slid on equally as easy to the PEX on the other side and... presto! Finally have a working faucet again. Hoping it doesn't explode, we shall see.
5 Stars By az on 2018-02-26
Ensure you have an inch-plus of tubing to push into the shark bite, when cutting.
I was able to repair a leak leading to a toilet...with my feeble skills...without having to fork over cash to a plumber. I bought a pex-cutting tool and another tool to remove the connecter, later, if needed. I then attached a water shut-off valve to the other end of the shark-bite, with the toilet kit, and was good to go. Make sure you push in the tubing until fully set, on both ends.
Really like this product, and appreciated the video instuctions.
5 Stars By Terry P. on 2018-05-27
Worked beautifully! It’s been 3 weeks under constant water pressure ...
Worked beautifully! It’s been 3 weeks under constant water pressure and no leaks.
I used two Sharkbite connectors to repair a 1/2” copper pipe that burst in my garage that went to an outdoor water spicket. Good measurements were key. I also bought the orange Sharkbite “measuring” tool and the release tool. The measuring tool and the very cheap release tool probably weren’t necessary, but gave me peace of mind to insure a perfect fit ... and chance to make a second attempt if the measurements went wrong. I made the repair in about 20 min. There was a couple of very helpful YouTube videos online.
4 Stars By ckg on 2018-02-21
cut out bad - measured and installed repair -
Did repair 'solo' -- Up in attic, cut out bad - measured and installed repair - ... Installing a Shark-bite is MUCH easier than cu.sweat= especially for an 82 year old FEMALE..- I use them for all my current repairs- ckg
5 Stars By Johnny Rafes on 2018-07-23
Makes Plumbing Fun !
These things are just great. Used with PEX tubing they can turn a difficult plumbing job into piece of cake. Plumbers must hate these things. One torch free connection at one end snake the PEX anywhere and then one final connection and your done. Still can’t figure out how these can spin freely on the pile and not leak . Been using them for years ! They probably are 10 X more than sweating copper fittings but worth every penny! Perfect for Weekend Warriors!
5 Stars By Christopher M. on 2015-04-15
Awesome for piping transitions
I'm using this as a temporary transition coupling between the improperly-installed CPVC piping that our house had in it when we bought the house, and new PEX piping that is replacing it. It worked beautifully the first time, with no leaks, and without having to use the SharkBite "fitting" tool.
One thing that definitely assisted this was using a CPVC cutter tool, such as the Ridgid 23498. This gives a nice clean cut without leaving burs.
I love that I'll be able to detatch and reuse this fitting later once our plumbing-replacement project progresses.