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Shark Bite Connectors: Plumbing Made Easy

Updated on August 31, 2011

Shark bite plumbing connectors might just be the best thing since sliced bread. Gone are the days of sweating copper pipes and soldering. The days of gluing PVC plumbing might becoming to an end in the near future. This is the time of the Shark Bite plumbing fixture. I am not even sure if any of you have heard of this innovation in home plumbing but it sure made my job a lot easier over the last few months. In this article I will be outlining my story on how I learned about the easiest way to connect 2 pipes together.

Lets start at the beginning. First back in February of 2011 my wife and I bought our first home. So everyone knows its not much, but it is ours. We bought a mobile home in a mobile home community (trailer park). We only paid $1000 cash for the home. Not that the price matters. We came about 3 times to look at it before finally making our decision. All looked good on all 3 visits.

At the end of febuary we took possesion of the home. Come to find out it had multiple leaks in the roof. We then found out other issues with the home. Again to shorten the story we actually replaced all the insulation and ceilings from one end to the other. Resealed the roof and hopefully fixed all the leaks. I guess only time will tell. Then it became time to work on the bathroom.

Found out that we needed to fix the water lines. Not underneath the home but inside. It was leaking. So, I made my way down to the local plumbing supply store. Talked to the clerk there and he introduced me to the name Shark Bite. These little connectors will connect copper to pvc, copper to copper, or pvc to pvc. No gluing or soldering required.

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Shark Bite Fittings will make the job easier.
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How to Connect Shark Bite Fittings

I looked at the fittings and could not help but wonder exactly how they work. This is where I was totally amazed and you would be also if you seen these things in action. The clerk who by the way has the same name as Paul Mccartney proceeded to show me. They even had a small set of pipes all set up for a demonstration. So, I guess I was not the only person not familiar with Shark Bite Plumbing Fittings.

All you need to do is clean the pipes really good and slide the the connection on until it snaps. No leaks and it will never loosen. They even make a small inexpensive tool to remove the plumbing fitting if you ever desire to do so. If you try this it is almost a guarantee that you will love it. Probably not as much as you enjoy freshly baked bread but you will enjoy it.

Most people will try to leave some final worlds of wisdom. I am not quite sure that they are needed here. I mean I am going to close with something, but the Shark Bite Plumbing System can speak for itself. You will not know how great it is without actually going out and purchasing the fitting needed. You will not be unsatisfied by using this system. They are easier and might just be the cleanest and quickest way to solving your home plumbing problems.


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    • eleanorDMorris profile image

      eleanorDMorris 

      6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Yeah, agreed. Thanks for the head's up on this stuff. We live in Nashville and can get grass to grown quite a bit longer than up there in Newark so our sprinkler system issues happen longer too. lol Anyway, will see if I can work some of these connectors into the mix in my yard here and see what happens.

      Keep up the good work.

    • MarleneB profile image

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Very interesting. My husband just installed a sprinkler system to our back yard. I expected him to have to glue the connectors together. But, he kept reassuring me that it was not necessary. I had a hard time believing it until the project was complete. To my amazement, the project was a total success. I was especially impressed with how quickly the project came together. I never should have doubted him. Now I know what the connectors are called. Thank you.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Very nifty! I hadn't heard of shark bike connectors before. Thanks for clueing me in!

    • daskittlez69 profile image

      daskittlez69 

      6 years ago from midwest

      I have used these in the past and it makes the work so much easier. Thanks for the hub. Here is your up and a useful!

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