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Shark bites

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Lawnworks, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    Love them or hate them?
  2. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,910

    Well if they are legal and do not leak for 30 - 40 years I have no problem with them. Could be a big time savor which equals $$$$$.
  3. No Rush

    No Rush LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    Do you have a link to the web site or do they have a web site?
  4. lehrjetmx

    lehrjetmx LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 107

  5. No Rush

    No Rush LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    Now that I have seen these sharkbite products I can see that this home does have some sharkbite products installed. Thanks all. I'll post pictures of the "T" later...
  6. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't like them. It hurts when they tear the flesh and get to the bones. Pretty ugly bites from what I've seen. Good thing no sharks here in land locked state. :)

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    might make for easier service work. I'd use on copper laterals. Let me note though that their use in homes can be a hazard for irri contractors. I put them in the category of what I call copper stop fittings. An experience that I heard at a ceu class is worth repeating.

    A local builder sold a home and as part of the sell a landscape and irri system needed to be installed. So builder gets low bid guy who decides the only way he can make money is to max his zones out regardless of using proper hydraulics. The system had very high psi so he ran 22+ gpm through a 5/8 meter and 3/4" copper line. The vibrations from the excessive fps of water went into the house and vibrated off a copper stop fitting at the washing machine and flooded the house. What was interesting is they originally blamed the plumber who was a savvy guy I guess. He replaced the fitting then told the irrigation guy to run the system and sure enough it blew off again.
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,219

    Ouch. good call on the plumber. Glad at least one knows what he's doing
  9. LawnMedic904

    LawnMedic904 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I've used them in a buddy's house that was plumbed with PEX about 5 yrs ago and there still holding strong. I'm not sold on using them for underground, but I would be interested to hear if someone is using them?

    If you do use them, don't forget to get the "removal tool" looks like an orange horseshoe. Their easy to use, but they are pricey, around $6-$9 per fitting compared to $1-$2 pvc, makes them cost prohibitive for me.
  10. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    I used one to tap a 3/4" copper line last year when I was doing a irrigation system as a favor, and didn't have my old tools.

    Its held so far.

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