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PVC Shark Bite fittings.

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by JeffInTexas, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. JeffInTexas

    JeffInTexas LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    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?
     
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,718

    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.
     
  3. JeffInTexas

    JeffInTexas LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    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.
     
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,718

    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.
     
  5. JeffInTexas

    JeffInTexas LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    Good to hear.
     
  6. kandalawncaremgr

    kandalawncaremgr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 223

    I use them on water heater installs, beats sweating in pipes but there pricey
     
  7. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 977

    Make sure they are rated for constant pressure. I hear they are about $4 a pop.
     
  8. kandalawncaremgr

    kandalawncaremgr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 223

    We get them from the local hvac supplier. There 3.95
     
  9. JeffInTexas

    JeffInTexas LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    These were from a new company I think then because the guy told me 1.25/fitting.
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  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,427

    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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