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Model # u3088flex18bvlf

Internet # 202685676

Store SKU # 391119

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

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$29.97 /each




Model # u3088flex18bvlf

Internet # 202685676

Store SKU # 391119

Store SO SKU # 732682

The 3/4 in. x 18 in. SharkBite Water Heater Connector with Integrated Ball Valve 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 Integrated Ball Valve on the SharkBite Water Heater Connector provides a quarter-turn, single handle shut-off to the water supply. The braided stainless steel lines are available in different lengths from 12 in. - 24 in. (without 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


Product Depth (in.) 
Product Height (in.) 
Product Width (in.) 
Finish Family 
Stainless Steel 
Product Type 
Supply Line WH 
Product Weight (lb.) 
1.036 lb 
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty 
For warranty information on this product, please call our Internet Customer Service Center at 1-877-700-4242. 


Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 29 reviewers.
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Shark Bite,18"x1/2x3/4 and15"x3/4x3/4 hot water co Your shark bite hot water connecters caused me to have black pieces of plastic in my bathtub after running hot water. I'm so upset about this since this has happened twice, once 6 months ago and again this week. It has cost over 200.00 dollars in plumbers fees because of your defective products. Plus the cost of your connections. The plumber had to connect all the pipes with copper fittings. Hopefully, this will end the nightmare with your products June 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Does what it says it'll do There's no confusion, no extra, no messin' around with the shark bite with ball valve. Screw the threaded end to the threaded pipe and slide the other end onto the unthreaded pipe. You can't do it wrong. It's designed for the job and its purpose is obvious at each end. June 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great product I recently used this product when installing a new hot water heater, as my new tank was taller I needed to rework the connections. I used two of these and cut my install time dramatically. I was a little concerned about them leaking being how easily they went together, have had them In for two months now and not a drop, I will buy these again in the future. October 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Novice with plumbing but these fittings make it easy! I just spent a little more than i wanted to on all of the fittings, hoses and additional copper that I needed to reroute my in wall piping so I could move my water heater and laundry to the garage. I couldn't have done it without SharkBite. I actually planned for all of the pieces I needed for the job so I didn't have to wait around for a disconnect piece. It's crazy what proper planning can do for a job. Anyway, the money I saved by doing everything myself (plumber quoted me way to much for the job), I upgraded to the hybrid heatpump water heater and still came in under the quote. Definately not so intimidated by plumbing jobs anymore thanks to sharkbite. February 18, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Makes Plumbing a Water Heater a Snap! When I have to replace a water heater in my apartment community this 3/4" Braided stainless steel, ball valve shut-off featuring a shark bite push-to-connect fitting for the cold supply is an essential component of every installation. It's a huge time-saver and it provides flexibility with the installation. I've used this with copper and pex supply lines and love it! No more sweating new copper fittings. No need for dielectric unions. No need to line up the new tank directly under the old lines. The only tool you'll need is an adjustable wrench on the threaded fitting. I recommend sanding any 3/4" copper cold supply lines before attaching the push-to-connect fitting. Also be sure to push the connection fitting firmly onto the copper or pex until you hear a click. As an extra level of security I give the fitting a strong tug in the opposite direction to set the teeth of the shark. You'll also want to use teflon tape on the threaded fitting of the water heater. What's also very cool is the ability to remove the fitting if needed with a simple 3/'4" shark bite removal tool. So easy it's unbelievable. Makes anyone feel like a plumber! I've easily installed over 30 of them and every one has worked flawlessly. Spendy to purchase but saves you $$ on the other side in time and materials. I'll never use anything else. September 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by easy to connect and disconnect Used this on the input of a new 50 gal. Rheem HWH to avoid replumbing inlet and outlet copper pipes to accommodate a Heatguard tank booster on top of the inlet and outlet pipes. Worked great. Deburr the copper pipes as you would on a solder job and you can skip buying the $10 deburring tool for the shark Bite line. The plastic release tool is worth the $2 it works great. August 12, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Beware shark bite Shark bite are great connectors that assemble easily and work great out of the box. So why 1 star?? They break! Yes break and spew water EVERYWHERE! I installed a ball valve and after 2 years it BROKE. Thankfully on the out side of the valve. But the plastic parts inside just fractured. Beware. Could be trouble. Take the time to learn to sweat a connection. You won't be sorry... July 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Beats Sweating copper anyday! Easy to install. Just clean the stubout and push it on. July 14, 2015
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