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Old 03-19-2013, 10:20 PM
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PVC Shark Bite fittings.

I stopped by a trade show today at a local parts warehouse and saw these there, pretty awesome stuff. The guys who had the booth pressurized a piece of PVC to over 1100 pounds(yeah, I didn't believe it either until I saw it.) with the fittings on both sides. Other fittings blew from anywhere around 850-1000. No glue, and doesn't matter if the water is running. All they have right now is 1" and 3/4", but said they should have larger sizes soon. I'll post pictures tomorrow, I forgot the fittings in my buddies truck when we left.

Has anybody else seen these or used them yet?
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:30 PM
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I used them to replace a spigot at my home. I had to cut the pipe (copper) going to it and then solder in a new pipe to the new valve and then as I noticed under the house I couldn't get all the water out of the supply line so I just used one of these. The guys at the supply house told me its possible to repair while under pressure but I don't know about that. It was easy putting copper to copper while still wet.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:39 PM
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That's what they told me also. They had slip fixes, 90s, T's. Was just curious if anyone had field tested these things on a active line. I'd like to start using them some, still a little skeptical if they hold out over time.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:43 PM
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I wouldn't want to do a complete install with them as they are pricey but as an item for fast repairs yes. Mine has been in play since last summer.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:48 PM
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Good to hear.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:57 PM
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I use them on water heater installs, beats sweating in pipes but there pricey
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:05 PM
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Make sure they are rated for constant pressure. I hear they are about $4 a pop.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:15 PM
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We get them from the local hvac supplier. There 3.95
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:42 AM
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Make sure they are rated for constant pressure. I hear they are about $4 a pop.
These were from a new company I think then because the guy told me 1.25/fitting.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:56 AM
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All the new "quick-connecting" fittings depend entirely upon an O-ring seal, so you have to ask yourself how much confidence do you have in that O-ring. If the fitting price goes way down, how goes your confidence in them?
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