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Old 05-16-2015, 09:00 AM   #21
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It would be nice if we had a plumbing contractor join in on this.

I've been using Shark bites for several years now and they work great.
I use them for repairing underground water lines and they sure make it a lot easier.

I would never use use them to replace PEX crimps.......first of all Shark bites are expensive and second PEX is a proven system for plumbing water lines in a house.
Shark bites were not intended to replace PEX crimps in that application.

But for emergency repairs or for what I'm using them for they are a godsend.
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Sounds like what the anti-syphon spigot is designed to alleviate.
Will it keep the water from siphoning from the pipe and hose, or just the hose?
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Will it keep the water from siphoning from the pipe and hose, or just the hose?

It stops water siphoning from a bucket the hose may be sat inside. As an example is you were mixing some weed killer and left hose in the pump sprayer filling and the main broke on the street or there was a fire engine pulling from the main on that street it would stop the weed killer in the pump sprayer being pulled back into the main.
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Here's a pic of the connections. Is it possible for the dog licker to pull water from the (exposed to the heat) pipe connected to the hose. You'd think it would just take from the main because that's where the pressure is coming from. I'm trying to keep her water as cool as possible in the summer.
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Here's a pic of the connections. Is it possible for the dog licker to pull water from the (exposed to the heat) pipe connected to the hose. You'd think it would just take from the main because that's where the pressure is coming from. I'm trying to keep her water as cool as possible in the summer.

Here's what could happen but again Prob wouldn't. The hose reel could be left pressurized and the sun beat down on it all day. I have noticed that mine will increase in pressure as the water heats up even with the faucet off to the hose reel. Then you could open the dog faucet and the pressure in the hose reel is higher than the incoming pressure you could force water from the hose reel into the dog faucet. This would Prob only happen if you had a non return valve on your incoming main. But if your really concerned that it could feed back to the dog faucet put a non return valve onto the faucet that the hose reel is connected to. Or just turn of the hose reel faucet when your not using the hose reel.
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Here's what could happen but again Prob wouldn't. The hose reel could be left pressurized and the sun beat down on it all day. I have noticed that mine will increase in pressure as the water heats up even with the faucet off to the hose reel. Then you could open the dog faucet and the pressure in the hose reel is higher than the incoming pressure you could force water from the hose reel into the dog faucet. This would Prob only happen if you had a non return valve on your incoming main. But if your really concerned that it could feed back to the dog faucet put a non return valve onto the faucet that the hose reel is connected to. Or just turn of the hose reel faucet when your not using the hose reel.
Thanks, that makes perfect sense. I always keep the hose reel faucet off so I think I'm good.
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Thanks, that makes perfect sense. I always keep the hose reel faucet off so I think I'm good.

I do too. Had a couple times the hose I got from lowes has split open and been spraying water out until I got home. Always shut them off now.
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It would be nice if we had a plumbing contractor join in on this.
My license to commit plumbing isn't good enough?
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I have 5 yrs on my shark bite fittings on my water heater. No problems. Yet
I live in nor cal with a hard water well also.
Tough on everything ( washer, sinks ect) but the fittings are good to go
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Hard water usually has enough minerals in it to clog up any leaks that try to happen.
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Hard water usually has enough minerals in it to clog up any leaks that try to happen.
That's how us carpenters stop leaks. Just give it some time ma'am, it'll be fine.
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I seen some funny stuff in hard water areas. Fittings that have never been soldered but running in mains pressure but never leaked once in 20+ years. Oy knew they were not soldered when we pulled the old system out.
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been using one for 7 years off the hot water tank. no issues. Its not that I couldn't solder it in, its just because I wanted to see how long it could last.
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Fire is a concern as well
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Fire is a concern as well
Not sure what the concern would be, fitting heats up water sprays out, fire goes out.

Sharkbite should market the free sprinkler system aspect of the fittings. Maybe get a discount on insurance.
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Not sure what the concern would be, fitting heats up water sprays out, fire goes out.

Sharkbite should market the free sprinkler system aspect of the fittings. Maybe get a discount on insurance.
You don't think soldering pipes in walls have ever started fires?
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think you two are talking about two different things. tcoggs is saying that if there were a fire, the sharkbite would melt and spray water out.

Your saying during installation. And yes, you are correct. Lots of fires do happen just as you described.

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Tom beat me to it. Compressions are definitely my preferred way to go. Less money too
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Don't water a loved pet out of a Vinyl hose that left out side in the sunlight, Kidney and liver damage.

PS Don't drink from vinyl hoses, especially new ones, same problems.

If You must, run the hose cold for a few minutes, the standing water has the most PVCs.....
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I drank out of a hose all the time as a kid

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