DROP-EAR ELBOWS

DROP-EAR ELBOWS is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 10.
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Information

Drop Ear Elbows are used to transition from Copper, PEX, CPVC or PE-RT to threaded pipe, such as shower arms or tub spouts. They are similar to female elbows, but have mounting ears with holes for securing to a surface, such as a stud or wall, and they provide additional stability. SharkBite drop ear elbows are compatible with copper, CPVC and PEX pipe and do not require any soldering, clamps, unions or glue. Their stainless steel teeth bite down and grip the pipe for a strong, dependable connection, and their specially formulated O-ring compresses to create a perfect watertight seal.

Approvals

ASSE 1061

CSA B125.3

NSF 372

NSF/ANSI 61

SizesPart #
3/8" (1/2" OD) X 1/2" FNPT
U332LF
1/2" X 1/2"
U249LF
1/2" X 1/2" FNPT
U334LF
3/4" X 3/4" FNPT
U340LF

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used for tub spigot On a recent bathroom remodel I needed to plumb a slip-on tub spigot as I did not want to play the length guessing game with a nipple and screw-on spigot. I used this drop elbow to fix a copper pipe to later attach the spigot too. I left the copper spigot pipe extra long and cut it to the proper size after the tile was installed. The typical SharkBite drop elbows in the stores have a female end. I am glad this part was available and it made my job much easier. Worked out great.
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used this fitting recently as part of a new plumbing assembly in my laundry room. Specifically,... I used this fitting recently as part of a new plumbing assembly in my laundry room. Specifically, I used these drop ear elbows to secure new washing machine valves to then plugged in my PEX assembly. I later secured the elbows to the wall with cement screws, the screw holes had enough room for 1/4" screws. The picture provided was before I secured them. I had no leaks. Instructions say the tubing should go in an inch, I found they go in about .8" or so. Although a bit pricey, these fittings and PEX made easy work. It took me an hour and a half to complete the job.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did the job I was looking at different ways to attach my expansion tank for my water heater and this allowed me to securely hang it from the rafters without any unsightly straps or other contraptions.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding product Works perfectly just like all of the many other Sharkbite fittings I have used. Never had a leak.
Date published: 2016-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for connecting outdoor faucet to Pex pipe in 2x6 wall Easy to install. Hard to find connector. Appears to be the only company that sells a 90 degree 3/4 x 3/4 elbow.
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worked great in a snap old hose bib - went to change, instead the entire elbow broke at the prior drop ear elbow. What a disaster, no water to the house - a quick run to home depot for some push fit fittings and all is well. Secure the drop ear elbow to some wood.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best product ever If anyone had plumbing to do they need to use these products. Very easy to use and a wonderful product. Make sure you mark the pipe with a black mark to assure that the pipe is installed to the correct depth
Date published: 2013-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very easy to use. Worked great for my needs. ... Very easy to use. Worked great for my needs.
Date published: 2018-03-06
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Questions

OK GUYS! I have an external water faucet, input hot and cold lines are 3/4 G thread(0r NPS} with a nylon gasket. What is the easiest way to convert this downstream to 1/2 copper pipe inside the wall.

Asked by: Roger L
Hello, Unfortunately, any fittings we offer that are compatible with 1/2" copper pipe are going to have NPT (national pipe tapered) threads rather than NPS (national pipe straight) threads. We cannot guarantee a leak free connection when using these two thread types together. Thank you
Answered by: SharkBite118
Date published: 2018-04-11

Why do these particular SB always seem to leak when installed properly using Teflon paste?

Asked by: RaymondW3
Hello, Thank you for contacting SharkBite. The only time we have experienced our drop-ear elbows leaking from the threaded connections is when used with shower arms that have straight threads rather than tapered threads. This particular drop-ear elbow has FNPT (female national pipe tapered) threads and you will not get a leak free connection when used with products that have straight threads. Thank you
Answered by: SharkBite118
Date published: 2018-03-29

With so many issues from poorly attached drop eared 90s, why doesn’t someone offer these with 3/4” stainless screws attached similar to electrical faceplates that have screws attached?

Asked by: Chuck C
Chuck - that is a great idea thank you for your feedback and we will pass it along to our product development team. Thank you for your interest in our product and if you have any further questions, please contact our Customer Service Team at 1-877-700-4242 and we would be happy to assist you!
Answered by: SharkBiteCB
Date published: 2018-02-02

Are sharkbite drop ear elbows directional? An arrowhead on the elbow casting seems to indicate that water should flow from the PTC to FPT connector. Can the elbows be mounted at any angle?

Asked by: Brig Y
Hello, SharkBite drop-ear elbows can be mounted at any angle and do not have any specific direction the water must flow in. Thank you
Answered by: SharkBite118
Date published: 2017-12-25

I need to transition from galvanized to copper with a 3/4" female elbow. Don't need a drop elbow so #U314LF will work. My local store only has the drop elbow #U340LF. Are interior & exterior dimensions of these elbows the same, other than than the ears?

Asked by: Mark K
Hello, SharkBite fittings are not suitable for use with galvanized pipe. Part # U314LF (3/4" female elbow) and part # U340LF (3/4" female drop-ear elbow) have different interior and exterior dimensions. Thank you
Answered by: SharkBite118
Date published: 2017-08-30

I have a 1/2" drop ear elbow with FNPT threaded connector on the out side. The threads aren't fitting with the hardware that shipped with my faucet. The threads appear to be the same size by eyeballing it, but I can't even get half a turn. Please help

Asked by: Adam
I have the exact same problem. Remodeled bathroom, installed new tile and then find out the shower arm will not screw into the sharkbite 1/2" drop ear. Love sharkbite, but this is unacceptable. So we have a decision to make, either tear out the new tile and replace the sharkbite with something that works or put an ugly adapter in between the sharkbite and shower arm.
Answered by: davmaj2
Date published: 2017-05-08

Is the female section of my drop ear elbow suppose to have a neoprene washer before connecting the threads?

Asked by: Len C
Good morning, When using our threaded adapters, you should use plumbers tape or pipe dope to complete a seal between two metal fittings.
Answered by: SharkBite_KM
Date published: 2017-04-15

Purchased your 1/2" x 1/2" FNPT Drop Ear Elbow U334LFA. The drop ear is made out of brass. There are three holes for securing. Do you recommend a specific screw for the job- i.e. :brass screws, stainless, flathead, slotted, Phillips, use washers or not?

Asked by: Douglas
Hey Douglas, There is no particular screw required for installation. No washers are needed.
Answered by: SharkBite_KM
Date published: 2018-01-29
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