Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 19
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mixmox For copper pipe only
I bought one of these after seeing how easy they are to install in Youtube videos. At the last minute in the store I decided to switched to using pEX instead of some copper pipe I had on hand. When I cam to use the slip i noticed that it is for copper only and not for PEX. You need a regular straight coupling if you are going to use PEX.
I understand that there is little to no need for a SLIP coupling when using PEX but I had to go back to HD and get some PEX couplings.
I am keeping this though in case I ever get a leak in our copper piping. It is dead easy to cut the leaking part out and insert a new length using this slip coupling.
February 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mindless06795 Shark Bite is the best!
This makes plumbing really easy. Follow instructions and these things are solid. I use Shark Bite wherever possible. The coupling has been in place for a few years with no issues at all.
November 13, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by PhillyRowhome Very difficult to install
These are supposed to be easy to use...I watched videos and followed instructions, and I'm a fairly competent DIY'er. Getting this thing on a 1/2 inch copper pipe for a simple stop valve installation literally involved blood, sweat, and tears over 3 hours of my life that I'll never get back. The little plastic C-ring they give you to release the teeth is almost useless. Every time I got the coupling on it would clamp on at just a few millimeters in. The first time I finally cut the pipe again, then used a hammer to crush the piece of stuck pipe and pry it out. I tried again and it got stuck again and that time I pulled so hard the coupling finally flew off and hit the basement wall. The third time I used the hammer to bang the slip end onto the pipe. To push it over onto the other pipe I added some W-D 40 and finally, straining on a wrench with every ounce of my strength, I managed to move the coupling close to the line I'd drawn. I'm exhausted. I thought this would be easier than soldering. I'm not super-strong, but I regularly lift and carry more than 50 lbs at my job...I had no idea how much strength Shark Bites require. Next time, I'll save my strength and time and just solder.
October 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Garman Best Plumbing Invention EVER!
First off I must admit that I'm a horrible plumber, when a 1/2" copper water pipe froze and burst in my garage wall, ( my outside water supply ) my first thought after i ripped out my sheet rock and saw a 1" hole was to call a plumber, just so it would be repaired correctly. But I looked on Home Depot's web and the first thing I saw was a video for this shark bite slip on connector. Looked simple, so I thought I would give it a try. As easy as 1, 2, 3. Saved me what ever plumbers get for a service call. Thank you Shark Bite this is a wonderful product
December 13, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Reluctantplumber works great with a little help
Had to replace a section of 1/2" copper pipe that had a pin hole in it. Picked up this to get the two sections of old pipe back together. Well, got the coupling on one section of old pipe fine but had a miserable time trying to use the tool to release the teeth inside so I could slide the coupling back over the other section of pipe. I was working in a small space and couldn't get enough pressure on the thing for it to release. I finally had to cut the copper pipe off with about 1/2" of the copper sticking out of the coupling. With the fitting out of the wall I was able to engage the release tool with enough pressure to get the copper pipe out of the end of it. I then took the coupling and pushed it straight down onto the concrete floor to work the release inside the fitting a few times. I did it on both ends of the fitting. After that it was much easier to disengage the fitting and move it on the pipe!
May 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Adam Almost too easy to use
I was hanging cabinets in my garage when a screw came out the side of a stud and went straight into a 1/2" piece of PEX (nothing worse than the sound of running water in a wall in a brand new house). I'm decent with plumbing, but I've never worked on PEX before. I went to HD and the guy in the plumbing section recommended this part and showed me how to use it. I cut a hole in the wall to get to the pipe, cut out a 2" section of pipe, and slipped on the coupling. It couldn't have been much easier to use. So far so good. A little pricey, but really simple to work with. I imagine these couplings with copper piping would be much simpler than solder, and you don't have to worry about a fire in your wall.
A previous commenter mentioned that this is only for copper, but Sharkbite's website advertises this for CPVC and PEX as well.
October 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PDWEBB1 Save yourself the bill
Had a hose bib freeze over the winter, lowest quote I received was $350. $13.00 and 5 mins of work was all it took. Save yourself some cash and DIY.
October 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by arthella best purchase ever
i went to the store early in the morning when they opened and toyed around with the examples they had out in the open and went home and did it with no problems had a pin hole water leak and this product worked great thanks homedepot
March 29, 2015