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RLS7201

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Posted: 05/22/20 09:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rather than SharkBite, try Flair-it fittings for those Pex problems. Simple to use, durable and low cost.
Pex is not tubing it is pipe. Thus SharkBite works on both copper pipe and Pex pipe.
When using SharkBite, make sure and bevel the edges of the pipe so as not to knick the "O" ring seal.

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KD4UPL wrote:

I haven't tried them in an RV but I have used them a couple times in home plumbing. They often leak in my experience. I only use them in an emergency or as a last resort. If at all possible I use the "real" connector appropriate for the pipe.
Last time I used on I was trying to save time. I had to install it 3 times and it still leaked so I finally just sweated on a crimp fitting to connect the copper and pex. I should have just done that to begin with. It would have saved time and aggravation.

Then you have no Ideal how to use them correctly. maybe not the right tool or sizing them right but if done right they don't leak.....


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Shark Bites's are only guaranteed for 25 years. What about you guys who keep your rig longer than that? [emoticon] Would that be anybody?


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T18skyguy wrote:

Shark Bites's are only guaranteed for 25 years. What about you guys who keep your rig longer than that? [emoticon] Would that be anybody?


Guess I'm on the edge of 25 years.

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Have seen plenty of copper failures within 25 years. Nothing lasts forever.


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The Shark bite connections are not "yet" 25 YO but my coach is. No leaks. No worries.


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
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I'm 68 years old so I may not outlive any Shark bite. I think their especially good in close clearance area's where you can't fit a tool. But if you have a bigger project and you need lots of them, it can be spendy enough it might make it worth it to buy the pex tools. There are guys who have done their whole house with Shark bites. A good review of all the pex tools and different fittings is on youtube by a plumber named "the old kid" He's used them all and shows their strengths and weaknesses.

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