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SharkBite 3/4 in. Push-to-Connect x 3/4 in. FIP x 12 in. Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Connector
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SharkBite

3/4 in. Push-to-Connect x 3/4 in. FIP x 12 in. Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Connector

$11.34 / each
If you buy 3 or more
$10.21 / each

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The 3/4 in. x 12 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-Fit 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 water heater to any combination of copper, PEX, or CPVC pipe
  • Innovative push-fit design makes for quick and easy installation
  • Push-fit connections require no solder, glue or unions
  • Decreases the amount of time and effort needed to connect water heater to pipe
  • Demount clip allows user to release the pipe from the fitting if mistake is made (sold separately)
  • Corrosion resistant to improve longevity
  • Design certified and listed to ASSE 1061 and NSF/ANSI 372-2010 and NSF/ANSI 65
  • Meets IAPMO, UPC, IPC and cUPC requirements

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3/4 in. Push-to-Connect x 3/4 in. FIP x 12 in. Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Connector
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Are they better than compression

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Troy, MI
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August 24, 2016
Why or how much better is the sharkbite union than a compression one?
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Compression fittings may need Ferrell nuts and inserts depending on the type also they can be damaged by over tightening, This cannot happen with Sharkbite fittings. If you use a Ferrell and it has to be removed you have to cut it if you forget to put the not on before the Ferrell then you have to take it apart again.
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Is the FIP end a tapered or parallel thread?

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August 23, 2016
It has a rubber gasket in it, so that seems to imply a parallel thread... but I believe most water heater connector nipples are a tapered thread. Please clarify?

Thanks!
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It is straight fitting not like NPT
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August 23, 2016
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Hi Ramsey,
This water heater connector has a tapered thread.
Thanks for your interest in our products.
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I assume these can be used to install a water softner as well? Pex to/from Softner.

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Yes you can use this on any water connection. You can use shark bite on PEX also
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July 8, 2016
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Indy - Yes these can be used to install a water softener as well. Thank you!
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Water heater filter/shield connections

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Can I use these to connect
1. Expansion tank
2. Water filter unit on the intake
2a. bypass connection

What is the max PSI it can take?

How easy these become leak points?
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May 11, 2016
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if your expansion tank, water filter, and bypass connection are 3/4" MPNT this connection hose will work for you. These hoses are rated for 200 psi and 200 degrees F.
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 215 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by As advertised: easy to install, adaptable and time saving. The SharkBite Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Connector is every bit as easy to install as advertised. Professional contractors will find using this connector will expedite completion time than by using more prevalent existing technology. Novices or those with limited DIY experience will be pleasantly surprised at the ease with which they can use this product to accomplish what can otherwise be a frustrating and expensive undertaking. Installation of the SharkBite connector is for all intents and purposes the same as with a copper connector with three significant differences. First, no soldering is necessary; second, the flexibility of the tubing is much easier to manage than that of a copper connector (you need not concern yourself with the prospect of inadvertently kinking the tubing if you accidentally bend it too much); and third, attaching the connector to the water inlet tubing, whether copper or SharkBite PEX tubing, requires only a modest force similar to that required to connect two heavy duty extension cords to one another. As with the installation of any water heater connector, ensure the water heater nipple is free of any residual plumbers tape or other debris. I found that the gentle use of a wire brush was effective in removing stubborn remnants of the old tape. I then carefully applied a generous amount of new plumbers tape. Avoiding cross-threading is imperative, so you might want to practice a technique to avoid this on a plastic bottle. While the technique may seem counter-intuitive it does give you a very good sense of what to feel for when screwing the connector to the water heater nipple. Simply take the cap of the bottle and slowly turn it counter-clockwise on the bottle opening until you "feel" a grip-like effect. This sensation is telling you the threads are aligned and that the cap won't attach crooked (cross threaded). At this point you can begin to turn the cap clock-wise and be assured of a good seal. The same technique is applicable to attaching the connector to the water heater nipple in order to avoid leaks and other unintended consequences. I used a plumbers wrench for the final turns to achieve a solid seal between the connector and the water heater nipple. I didn't need any tools to attach the other end of the connector to the other SharkBite tubing you see in the photo. If you've never worked on a water heater before I highly recommend you watch a variety of videos on Youtube on the subject matter. I recommend watching a variety because some videos leave something to be desired and some are very good. This link to a Home Depot video is a good start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggjHZrQQJqs This following link to the SharkBite website is also insightful and a good fundamental introduction. http://www.sharkbite.com/resources/how-tos/applications/ As with everything else you undertake, do your due diligence, understand what you're working with, how it works and how to apply the technology. You'll save yourself time and money, understand more about how your home works and feel more confident in undertaking other maintenance projects. Above all, be patient! I've replaced one water heater after it burst and began to leak (not fun),and I've replaced the anode rod on another water heater, a pressure reduction valve and numerous faucet valves. I have more work to do on the water heater the connector shown in this photo is attached to. The connector has been in place for about a month of this writing and has shown no signs of stress or leaking. In all, the effort has been very satisfying. Oh, yes, I paid $11.34 plus tax for the connector. I didn't have to buy solder or a soldering tool. July 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by easy to install October 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Work great Used these when I installed my new hot water heater, made the job a lot easier. October 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sharkbite rocks I bought this shark bite connector and like all of their products it saved me hours of frustration! I am a huge fan of these connectors and would highly recommend them to anyone. September 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shark Products are the Best! These products assemble so easy anyone can be a plumber. September 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by I love these fittings!! No soldering! Press on and done. You should get the special tool to remove it though. Make sure your pipe that is being connected to is clean, square and round. August 30, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Still too long for what we need. Do you have a shorter one? The product was still too long. Do you have a shorter one? September 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by nice purchase! I save time whit this kind of connectors, and was easy job! September 6, 2016
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