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

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

$12.78 /each

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The 3/4 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-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 18 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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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 215 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Easy way to replacing water heater SharkBite Push-to-Connecters make it a unbelievably easy way to replace water heater September 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Water heater hook up Worked great ! Easy to hook up, just have to slide it on all the way September 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Time Saver, Great Quality!!! Very pleased with this connector, it is of a great quality and is super easy to use. Saves a lot of time when connecting your new water heater to existing pipes since it's a push-to-connect and requires no glue or any additional connectors. Will buy again for future projects. August 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Connections Had Pex pipe connected to old water heater and this product made it easy to install the new water heater August 16, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by rubber liner deteriorates In 2011 I installed these braided flex connectors from sharkbite; it was an easy install no leaks I was very happy, but after 2 years my faucets strainers were being clogged with small fragments of black rubber. I finally found the water heater was loaded with the rubber and found the rubber liner in the sharkbite flex line was deteriorating. I called Sharkbite and they said they changed the liners and if I bought new lines manufactured after 2011 that they would have the new liners. That was late 2013 or early 2014 and now here it is 2016 and the lines have deteriorated again. I don't recommend these and will not be suckered into them again. May 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Push to Connect fittings Fast and easy to use. No hassle no soldering and no leaks. August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Easy Install! No Leaks. Works Great! 3/4 IN. PUSH-TO-CONNECT X 3/4 IN. FIP X 18 IN. BRAIDED STAINLESS STEEL WATER HEATER CONNECTOR. Easy Install and easy to replace tank again at a later date! I also smeared grease on the outside of the fittings after install to prevent corrosion in the future. January 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shark Bite One of the easiest plumbing jobs I have completed Replacing my water heater and using the shark bite connectors to replace the standard soldiered connection Great product July 26, 2016
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