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  • Easy to install and reliable. I have used these types of fittings before with great success. High...
  • February 28, 2017
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Easy to install and reliable. I have used these types of fittings before with great success. Highly recommended.

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Chris

8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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By: Chris
  • Inside Rubber Hose Problems
  • June 12, 2014

I installed this hose two years ago and just replaced it with traditional copper flex hose. Our city water has chlorine which will eat up the inside of the rubber hose. We had hundreds of small black pieces of rubber in our hot water lines and clogged up our faucet strainers. Our dishwasher is a mess! I cut the hose apart and it is filled with small pieces of black rubber. I would never buy a rubber hose for a hot water heater again.

Pros Easy to Install, No Leaks Cons Quality
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HomeDepotCustomer

Oklahoma City, OK
45 to 54, Male
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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  • Long term review - warning!! Do NOT use for hot water
  • August 12, 2014

I installed two of these water lines from my hot water tank to the water supply and hot water out lines in 2010. After several months I noticed a black greasy/rubber debris coming from the hot water from the faucets. This got so bad in the master tub that we stopped using it. The tub would fill with black residue. If you touch it, it will smear and become difficult to remove. The black residue could also be found in the screens of every faucet. This has been driving me and my wife crazy for almost 4 years. After some recent google searches, I found the source to potentially be the Shark Bite hot water line. Sure enough, after replacing the Shark Bite water lines, the black debris is GONE. A significant amount of black residue came out of the Shark Bite water line that come from the hot water side of the hot water tank. To confirm the black residue came for the water line, I placed a screw driver inside and scraped the inner wall. The same black residue could be torn from the inner walls. When I went to Home Depot to get replacement water lines, the department rep said that I was not the first person to make this claim. The water line within the braided stainless steel is a black rubber instead of the typical white plastic that every other manufacture uses. Unless you can confirm this product has been redesigned, DO NOT USE it for the hot water supply line from your hot water tank. I wish I would have taken more photos, but see the attached photo of the black residue that spilled onto the top of the hot water tank when I removed the Shark Bite water line. One final disclaimer, this only applies to Shark Bite water lines, not fittings. I have several fittings throughout my home that have no problems.

Pros Easy to Install Cons black residue

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Mike

Apex, NC
25 to 34, Male
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By: Mike
  • Rubber failure
  • October 07, 2014

Unfortunately the black rubber lining failed in about one year. I started noticing small black rubber particles when filling the bath tub for the kids. I looked online and sure enough the sharkbite hose are prone to failure. I checked several other faucets and they had black rubber particles practically blocking the small faucet filter. Our shower head was also clogged with black rubber particles. I like the idea, but unfortunately they just don't last and will put black rubber particles into your hot water supply.

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Jmuir

Topeka KS
35 to 44, Male
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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By: Jmuir
  • These connectors are awesome!
  • July 17, 2015
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These connectors made installing a new water heater a breeze. Just cut your pipes going into and out of the water heater. You then debur them and rub a little dish soap on them for lubricant and push the connector end on. It's that easy. They work on copper, cpvc and abs pipe. There is no sweating or gluing they hold fantastic and there is no leaks. What an amazing product!

Pros Reliable, Easy to Install, No Leaks

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joehomeowner

Effingham, Illinois
45 to 54, Male
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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  • Don't buy if you live in San Diego
  • December 20, 2015

The rubber inside the hose started to deteriorate shortly after they were installed which results in a lot of small black particles coming out of the drain. I did some investigating and found that this is a common problem if your water contains chlorine.

SanDiegoBuyer

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By: SanDiegoBuyer
  • the war against water heaters
  • September 02, 2014
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ITEM:3/4 in. x 24 in. Stainless Steel Push-Fit x FIP Water Heater Connector I bought the steel web wrapped water heater connector because the water heater top is difficult to reach and has limited space to apply the wrench to tighten or loosen. Note that this hose is replacing an identical hose that began to leak in less than two years use. Even with the failure of the previous hose, I still bought another. The hose failed because the angle of the hose was too sharp. This time I put on a longer feeder hose so that there was an easy curve. Do not let this hose kink.

Pros Easy to Install Cons installation affects reliability
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Friend

Tulsa
55 to 64, Male
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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By: Friend
  • Technology changes plumbing
  • March 10, 2015
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I stumbled onto this product when I was reworking the plumbing for a water conditioner. I used to pride myself on sweating copper but those days are now history on small jobs. Very easy to use and so much less hassle. When everyone went to plastic for simplicity, I kept using copper but these snap together connections make copper even easier than plastic.

Pros Easy to Install, No Leaks
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Dean

Canton, OH
55 to 64, Male
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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By: Dean
  • Made my plumbing job easy
  • July 01, 2014
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I am a DIYer and have done lots of plumbing projects on my own. I learned to sweat copper pipe joints and planned on doing that with my project. New well pressure tank and hot water heater. I had VERY LIMITED space to make a connection and had to clean up some less that stellar work done by a Professional Plumber. I ended up cutting the 3/4 pipe that was in a hard to reach location and attached the Shark Bite connection and it made a great 90 degree turn. I then used two more on my hot water tank. When a electrician showed up to do some work for me he said that all the plumbing that I did looked great. I joked that it looked semi professional and he said better than professional becuase the professional wouldn't take the time to do it like I did. Made me feel pretty good.

Pros Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions, No Leaks
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CBS56oregon

Hermiston, OR, USA
55 to 64, Male
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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By: CBS56oregon
  • Product will not hold up inside and will fill your tub with black oily residue. It only took ours...
  • March 02, 2018

Product will not hold up inside and will fill your tub with black oily residue. It only took ours 18 months to start breaking down and after two years we found out it was this product which doesn't hold up well in chlorinated water. Shame on Home Depot

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Frustrated

3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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By: Frustrated