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Old 07-26-2008, 03:08 AM   #1
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Sharkbite fittings....I have a few plumbers who swear by them but most hate them. The ones that hate them never really seem to give any valid reasons as to why they hate them (besides they leak). I cant imagine that the engineers who designed this product and the prices we pay for them would bring us to the simple answer of... they leak.... One of my plumbers told me most plumbers hate them for the very simple reason that they have the potential of putting plumbers out of business.. and the worst part about them is HOME DEPOT SELLS THEM!!!! I feel there is alot more to plumbing then fittings so i can not see the sharkbite system putting you guys out of business. They have glueless pvc fittings for waste lines to but they are also expensive and rarely used. If a homeowner is brave enough to throw a waste line together then they are brave enough to give pvc cement a whirl.. and if they are brave enough to throw a waste line in themselves then what is so hard about gluen some cpvc together for the tubeing??? Point is i really dont think the sharbite fittings will be putting plumbers out of business and i dont think a plumber should say they are horrible and leak because he fears them... So with that said.. what is the truth about these fittings??? Does anyone hate them and have a valid reason for it... besides.. THEY LEAK!!! haha
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Old 07-26-2008, 04:39 AM   #2
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There was a post about a month ago on Sharkbites, I for one feel pretty good about them.

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You want the truth you can't handle the truth.

The truth if found in the toilet tanks of millions of homes around the world.

All plumbers will know what I'm talking about, but I don't give up those secrets.

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One of my plumbers told me most plumbers hate them for the very simple reason that they have the potential of putting plumbers out of business.. and the worst part about them is HOME DEPOT SELLS THEM!!!!
He is full of crap. And so are you.

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22 rifle... do you feel threatened by them?? do you have an opinion on them? have u ever used them?
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22 rifle... do you feel threatened by them?? do you have an opinion on them? have u ever used them?
Why would any of us feel threatened by them? The cost difference between auqa pex fittings and sharkbites is outrageous. Sharkbites are good when you have to cap off stub outs or you cant get the water off of you so you shark-bite in a valve. I wouldnt use them to plumb an entire house, the price would be too high. The only thing that threatens our trade is DIYers that dont have a liscence and do work for cheap. Sharkbites do not.
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deleted because the @$#% I was answering doesn't deserve my attention.

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You want the truht you can't handle the truth.

The truth if found in the toilet tanks of millions of homes around the world.

All plumbers will know what I'm talking about, but I don't give up those secrets.
Tanks or bowls?


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OH NO!! I did not know what you were talking about till I saw a pix of one. I HATE THEM!! Not that I am afraid of losing work to DIY'ers, but I had a couple of bad experiences with them turning lose. If you dont get them right, yes, they do leak and I had one that blew off when I turned the pressure on. You want them, you use them. I dont want them There are more secure ways of connecting pipe together than that crap. Go ahead, install one. Then I will laugh my ass off when I see a post

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Hi, I am new to this forum and I have a problem. I used one of those sharkbite fittings and went to bed. I got up the next morning to find that it came apart during the night. What do I do? Can I sue them for damages?

I will wait, got plenty of time!
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Tanks or bowls?


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Did you even read my reply? Where did I say bowl?
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Recipe for a leak.

Take one o-ring, add water, add chlorine, let stands for a few years, remove, when o-ring leaves a black film on your finger then it is ready.

Even the Red Korky Flapper that claim to be chemical resistant, are only warrantied for 5 years. Wonder why they even say chemical resistant.
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Did you even read my reply? Where did I say bowl?
I was taking a little liberty and referring to them as sh_t and belonging in the bowl.


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Did you even read my reply? Where did I say bowl?
maybe he was smoking a bowl
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I was taking a little liberty and referring to them as sh_t and belonging in the bowl.


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Ok thought so, good that's all cleared up.
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Recipe for a leak.

Take one o-ring, add water, add chlorine, let stands for a few years, remove, when o-ring leaves a black film on your finger then it is ready.

Even the Red Korky Flapper that claim to be chemical resistant, are only warrantied for 5 years. Wonder why they even say chemical resistant.
Pretty much describes every
tank bolt washer I've ever touched.
Always amazed that they can last
50, 60 years and not leak.
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I have used them a few times. They seem to be good for small jobs. I measure and mark at 1" the pipe that is being connected and I make sure that the pipe goes into the connector at least to the mark or slightly more.
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22 rifle... do you feel threatened by them?? do you have an opinion on them? have u ever used them?
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I'm at the point where I'm going to start suggesting them.
Why not?
We offer arguments based on facts as to why they're a bad idea, handymen, hacks and DIY landlords tell us we're afraid they're putting us out of work.

OK then...put us out of work.
See you in a few years.
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Pretty much describes every
tank bolt washer I've ever touched.
Always amazed that they can last
50, 60 years and not leak.
Either the bolts have been periodically tightened over the course of that many years, or the tank has been rebuilt once or twice.
Rubber won't last that long in chlorinated water without erosion.
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Thanks. I hadn't bothered checking who I was talking to.

I have edited both of my posts to reflect my opinion of the OP.

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