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boringname119 t1_j72tk11 wrote

Agreed. I think they're great for a temporary fix. Like we had a project we were working on, ran into hiccups, and it was getting late. Made a quick trip to home depot for a sharkbite so that we could turn the water back on and finish the next day.

Pretty soon we're going to be relocating some plumbing in our basement. It's going to require taking out what's there, some steps in the middle, then putting in new stuff. Sharkbites will be great for that middle time so we can still use the rest of the house's plumbing.

I don't think I'd ever put one in with the intention of leaving it there though.


Brom42 t1_j72vl65 wrote

This is exactly how I view them. When I had copper and was reworking things, it was a great way to cap things off without having to sweat a temp connection. Now that I am all pex, it's cheaper/just as easy to just crimp a shutoff on the end vs a sharkfit connection.


phormix t1_j740plv wrote

What would be a better way to go from Copper->Pex? Something with a solder connection on one side and the pex-crimp on the other?


slewp t1_j748zi0 wrote

Yes, that is exactly what you would use. Copper sweat to PEX crimp


Brom42 t1_j74d5tl wrote

Yup. They make connectors that you sweat to your copper on one side and the other has the appropriate connection for the type of pex you use. I would definitely go that route for something permanent.


Atty_for_hire t1_j72w9bl wrote

This is what I did last year. We added a first floor powder room in an old house and tapped into the central hot and cold water lines. The bathroom was the priority so we could have two toilets. But I was always planning on a more extensive plumbing redo to the main lines so I used shark bites and left a little extra pex so I can dial it in the future.