Gator bites plumbing

How do gator bite fittings work?

How do SharkBite fittings work ? SharkBites are simple to use. You push a tube into the fitting , far enough that it grabs a hold of the pipe. The O-ring seal inside creates a watertight seal.

Do professional plumbers use SharkBite?

They are a simple push connector. You’ll only use the tool to disconnect the fittings. The “tool” is a simple piece of U shaped plastic, slightly larger in diameter than the fitting. To answer your question, no, Shark Bite fittings are not recommended by professional plumbers .

Do shark bite fittings leak?

SharkBite fittings can leak due to one of these reasons: The pipe was not properly deburred prior to installation. The pipe was not squarely cut. The pipe has scratches or debris on the outside that is preventing the O-ring from getting a watertight seal.

Why are SharkBite fittings illegal in California?

Why are sharkbite fittings illegal in California ? Why there is a warning stating that it was illegal to sell those sharkbite products in California because they contain material causing cancer, so what is the actual fact behind ? Probably because Sharkbites are made of brass that contains some lead.

Can SharkBite fittings be used inside walls?

Fact: SharkBite fittings are IAPMO tested and approved for behind-the- wall and underground applications.

Are SharkBite plumbing fittings reliable?

John Guest quick-connect and SharkBite fittings are both reliable and awesome fittings for emergency fixes. Even though Quick-Connect and SharkBite fittings are rated for use underground and behind walls, soldering pipes may be the smarter choice.

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How far does SharkBite go on pipe?

SharkBite push-to-connect pipe insertion depth and pipe size compatibility.

SharkBite Fitting Size Nominal Pipe Size Pipe Insertion Depth (IN)
1/4 in. 1/4 in. CTS 0.82
3/8 in. 3/8 in. CTS 0.94
1/2 in. 1/2 in. CTS 0.95
5/8 in. 5/8 in. CTS 1.13

Are SharkBite fittings as good as solder?

So far they seem to be just as reliable, although given that they’ve only been on the market for a few years they don’t have the same history as soldered connections.

How many times can you reuse a SharkBite fitting?

The O-ring inside the fitting has a food grade lubricant applied to it, which is gradually wiped off when pipe is removed and re-inserted or fitting is re-used. While some companies allow reusing the fitting up to 4-6 times , we advise against this practice whenever possible or to limit it to 2-3 times .

Can SharkBite fittings be used for hot water?

SharkBite fittings can be used on both hot and cold water lines. SharkBite can be used on copper, CPVC and PEX pipes, making it one of the most versatile types of fittings available. The fittings also can connect different types of plumbing materials together, making them extremely useful for repair work.

Can I use SharkBite fittings on copper pipe?

SharkBite brass push-to-connect fittings are compatible with PEX, Copper , CPVC, PE-RT and HDPE pipe . SharkBite fittings come with a PEX stiffener pre-loaded into the fitting for PEX, PE-RT and HDPE. The PEX stiffener does not need to be removed for Copper or CPVC applications.