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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sparrowsdream Nothing short of miraculous
I was replacing a 4 way shower diverter and did not want to solder. I cut the 1/2 copper pipes square, de-burred them with the sharkbite tool, added Teflon tape to the threads and popped them on. It was a tight spot, so had to modify the de-burr tool slightly so that it would rotate in the limited space (I cut the tool leaving just the 1/2 inch end).
One challenge was that the hot and cold pipes (left and right) were fixed, so there was no room to get the last sharkbite connection on (see pic). No worries, sharkbite has a two inch slip coupling that did the job.
I cut out a 3 inch section of pipe, shortened this to 2 inches and put this on the non-slip end of the slip coupler and slipped it on which left enough space to get the last connector in. Attached the last sharkbite to other end of my 2" pipe on the slip connector, pulled it onto the cold water thread with the tool provided and tightened. Voilà!
Before I turned on the water to test the pressure I was doubtful it would hold. The connectors spin on the pipe when you tighten them! What!? I was dumbfounded, not a drop! All connections were tight and the diverter is firmly held in place. Amazing product! A miracle indeed.
We've used the shower for a week and still no leaks.
January 27, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TubaDawg21 Great idea, good product as long as you don't want a perfect seal
This product does connect two pipes very easily. Unfortunately, the seal is not perfect. There is a steady drip from this product. I used this product to connect a new faucet (outdoors). All of my couplings and other screw-in pieces are great, no leaks. But there is a steady drip coming from this Sharkbite side of this product.
February 15, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by LLB Great to put in, very very hard to take out
Goes in very easy with no leaks, no open flame and minimal pipe prep. Problem is when you try and take them out they just do not want to come out. Dry fit my pieces getting ready to solder an elbow. When I tried to remove the Sharkbite so it wouldn't get hot it would not budge. Soldered the elbow anyway and it all worked out fine but these things are supposed to come back off.
June 17, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Todd247 Spinning limits range of applications
I bought an elbow, a female connector, and a male connector to replace a tub stubout that had disconnected at the solder joint in the wall. All went well with the SharkBite connectors until I tried to screw on the faucet. Because the copper tubing can spin there was no way to tighten the faucet. I now have to replace two of the connectors with others that do not spin. I am not looking forward to removing the sharkbit connectors--they are very difficult to remove even with the removal tool, and with their location in the wall it is very difficult to get the appropriate leverage on the tool. SharkBite needs to a better job warning people about applications. They tout the spinning as a feature, which it certainly can be in some applications--but in other applications it renders these connectors useless. On the positive side the connectors did not leak at all and I will use them in the future when I can.
April 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by redhead Plumbing has never been so much fun!
My husband and I recently purchased a cabin that was built back in the 1940's, it needed a total gut job down to the studs! Needless to say, that included plumbing. We received several estimates over $2500 to replumb it. We have done traditional plumbing before and knew we could do it ourselves...but it's such a pain! After speaking with an amazing Home Depot Rep about the SharkBite system, we decided to give it a try. It took us less than an hour to replumb the entire bathroom, and another 20 minutes to tie in the kitchen! And it was fun!
The initial investment seems expensive, but compared to traditional copper, plus the added expense of a plumber, this was worth it's weight in gold!
June 19, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheCarpenter Worth Every Penny
I replaced my shower valve and these worked great. It saved me from having to buy flux, solder, etc. The one thing they don't tell you on the package is if you need to remove them to adjust the pipe you have to buy the removal tool. But it is only like $2. Been using it for about a month now no leaks.
January 31, 2012