Learn the correct procedures for installing SharkBite Push-to-Connect Fittings along with certifications and other information.
G’day, welcome to SharkBite installation instructional video. Today, we’re going show you how to correctly install SharkBite push-to-connect plumbing connections. Now remember, SharkBite can be used on copper, PEX and CPVC.
Making a Correct Connection:
First, cut the pipe or tube evenly, making sure the ends are square. Deburr copper pipe with a SharkBite deburr gauge to remove any rough edges that would damage the O-ring.
Second, mark the correct depth using the SharkBite depth gauge tool for accuracy. The SharkBite PEX tubing has a repeating e-print pattern that helps ensure the tube is inserted the entire way.
Third, insert the tube through the release collar to rest against the stainless steel grab ring, and push the tube firmly through the specially designed O-ring to your depth mark, where it reaches the tube stop.
Each SharkBite fitting comes pre-loaded with a PEX stiffener, sizes 3/8″ to 1″, to guarantee a code connection every time. You do not need to remove these when installing copper or CPVC, and they’re not included in slip couplings or tee as they’re specifically designed for use with copper. Also they’re not required for use in ¼” fittings.
SharkBite fittings can be rotated after assembly, and disconnecting is really easy:
Place the disassembly clip around the tube, the non-branded side against the stop. Push the clip against the collar and pull the tube with a twisting motion.
If you’re reusing PEX, make sure you trim it back to the next gauge mark to ensure a clean new section of PEX is used for the fitting. That’s it.
Remember, the SharkBite system is certified for underground and behind-the-wall installations.
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