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Model u3068flex18lf

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1/2 in. Push-to-Connect x 3/4 in. FIP x 18 in. Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Connector

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The 1/2 in. x 18 in. SharkBite Water Heater Connector allows you to easily connect your Hot and Cold Water Supply lines to your Water Heater. After applying pipe thread tape to the MIP nipples on your water heater, thread the FIP end of the Water Heater connector onto the tank and tighten with channel locks. Then simply push the SharkBite Push-to-Connect end onto Copper, PEX, or CPVC pipes and your Water Heater is connected. The braided stainless steel connectors are available in different lengths from 12 in. - 24 in. (18 in. Available with Integrated Ball Valve) and are also available in Corrugated Stainless Steel. SharkBite Water Heater Connectors will decrease the amount of time and effort needed to install a Water Heater in your home and are the fastest way to complete your project.

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  • Lead free DZR brass fittings, braided stainless steel hose
  • Use to connect to any combination of copper, PEX, CPVC, or PE-RT pipes
  • Innovative push-to-connect design makes for quick and easy installation
  • Push-to-connect fittings require no solder, glue, unions, or tools
  • Fitting can be rotated on pipe after installation making it easier to work in tight spaces
  • Designed for potable water distribution as well as hydronic heating applications
  • Corrosion resistant to improve longevity
  • Listed by IAPMO and design certified and listed to ASSE 1061/NSF 61
  • Meets all UPC, IPC, and cUPC requirements
  • Demount clip allows user to release the fitting from the pipe for convenient installation flexibility (sold separately)
  • Rated to 200°F and 200 psi

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1/2 in. Push-to-Connect x 3/4 in. FIP x 18 in. Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Connector
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Does this product come in shorter lengths?

This question is from 1/2 in. Push-to-Connect x 3/4 in. FIP x 24 in. Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Connector
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June 29, 2016
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Yes this product comes in 12", 15", 18", & 24" lengths, just below the price there is a box that says product height if you click that box it will allow you to select the length you need. Hope this makes you a happier camper and thanks for your interest in our products!
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7/8 in OD - 3/4 in ID. Is there a sharkbite hot water heater hose I can use?

This question is from 1/2 in. Push-to-Connect x 3/4 in. FIP x 15 in. Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Connector
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New Jersey
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December 28, 2015
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Hi David,
This version is for 1/2" Copper, PEX, or CPVC. For 3/4", try http://www.homedepot.com/p/SharkBite-3-4-in-Push-to-Connect-x-3-4-in-FIP-x-15-in-Braided-Stainless-Steel-Water-Heater-Connector-u3088flex15lf/202270646?keyword=u3088flex15lf this will work on 3/4" (7/8" OD) Copper, PEX, or CPVC.
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Concerned about the rubber disintegrating

This question is from 1/2 in. Push-to-Connect x 3/4 in. FIP x 12 in. Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Connector
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Loganville, GA
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December 5, 2015
I've read some reviews elsewhere that the internal rubber hose will disintegrate especially on the hot water side. It may take only 6 mos to a year depending on your water conditions. Has this been corrected?
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December 17, 2015
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If the water quality is poor in your area it can cause any rubber to corrode, we manufacture with the highest quality EPDM Rubbers, but if water quality is a concern in your area we offer a Stainless Steel Corrugated version in-store and online of the same hose that has no liner and may work better for your application.
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1/2" cold pipe

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cold pipe in is 1/2", water heater has 3/4 fitting, will this work?
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September 4, 2015
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Yes it will work. The push to connect end is 1/2" and the threaded top of the water heater is 3/4" MIP. MIP stands for Male Iron Pipe and FIP stands for Female Iron Pipe. Male and Female goes together just as God intended.
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August 25, 2015
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Yes, this product has a 1/2 and 3/4 inch connector.
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August 25, 2015
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Yes, this is exactly what you need for your application.
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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 26 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Performed exactly as expected! When I bought my new water heater, I needed new connections. Used these since shark bite has never let me down before. This time they still haven't let me down. Just wish the cost per piece would go down but then again it's better than soldering 5 times and having your wife stress about burning the house down with the torch... So yeah, great value :) September 4, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sharkbites The sharkbite connectors are pretty awesome for ease of installation. They're great for home plumbing projects. I'm not sure if i would plumb my whole house with them until they can establish some longevity timelines. February 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by What a relief! Actually I used 3/4in x 18in S/S push fitting. I have been using "Shark Bites" Connectors for quite awhile in all types of plumbing ie: hot / cold 1/2 to 3/4" pex tubing and copper and I have never had a problem. I recently used the push on connector when I replaced our water heater and it saved me time and worry about leaking. This is a great product. December 10, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by easy fix This item makes instillation very simple. It is a great idea instead of having to get a plumber April 12, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Hot Water Heater supply connectors - Don't Buy! Unfortunately, the chlorine in your water will deteriorate the rubber lining inside the flex hoses after a year or two. Within two years, I had rubber flecks inside a new hot water tank and coming out my bath tub faucet. These cause a problem in plugging up faucet aerators and washing machine supply valves... we had to have a new supply valve installed in our washing machine. I replaced the flex hoses with copper pipe and the problem went away. This has happened to quite a few others...just do an internet search. SharkBite should take this type off the market! August 5, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Good product - Incorrectly named I'm sure it works well. People are really happy with it. However, it's 1/2" pipe-side, 3/4" screw-side... I need 1/2" for my Tankless heater. NOWHERE does it say this in any part of the description - yet it does say several times "Connector 1/2". So this is a negative review against HD for not having correct information on the website! June 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SharkBite Flexible Water Heater Connector I have replaced many hot water heaters over the years, but never as easily as the one I replaced using SharkBite flexible water heater connectors. Quick and easy! October 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Perfect application Great fit for water heater with copper supply lines that were in a tight location and to dangerous to solder. August 12, 2014
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