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SharkBite Push-to-Connect Fitting Animation

Watch How SharkBite Push-To-Connect Fittings Work | Animation on YouTube.

Take a look inside a SharkBite push-to-connect fitting to see what makes this the superior push-fit technology.  

What’s Inside a SharkBite Fitting?  

The following are the main components of our push fittings, as shown in the video.  

  • Release collar: Recesses to prevent an accidental release.
  • Grab ring: Made of angled 316 stainless steel that allows pipe to push through, but not pull out.
  • O-ring and protector: Chloramine-resistant EPDM o-ring that compresses between the pipe and the wall of the fitting before it reaches the tube stop.
  • Tube stop: A secure connection is made once the pipe reaches the tube stop.
  • PEX stiffener: Helps keep the o-ring sealed tightly on the outside of the tube for PEX, PE-RT or SDR-9 HDPE tubing. This is not required nor included in SharkBite Max fittings.
  • Body: Made of lead-free dezincification brass, which is corrosion-resistant and compliant with ASSE 1061, NSF/ANSI 61 and NSF/ANSI 372.  

Read More: See What’s Inside a SharkBite Push-to-Connect Fitting  

How to Install a SharkBite Fitting  

  1. Cut the pipe squarely.  
  2. Deburr and mark the proper insertion depth. Using the deburr & gauge tool, deburr the pipe and ensure it is smooth and free of debris. Then, mark the insertion depth.  


    SharkBite Fitting SizeNominal
    Pipe Size
    Pipe ODSharkBite 1st Generation
    Insertion Depth
    SharkBite Max
    Insertion Depth
    1/4 in.1/4 in. CTS3/8 in.13/16 in. (21 mm.) 
    3/8 in.3/8 in. CTS1/2 in.15/16 in. (24 mm.) 
    1/2 in.1/2 in. CTS5/8 in.15/16 in. (24 mm.)1 in. (25 mm.)
    5/8 in.5/8 in. CTS3/4 in.1-1/8 in. (29 mm.) 
    3/4 in.3/4 in. CTS7/8 in.1-1/8 in. (28 mm.)1-1/4 in. (32 mm.)
    1 in.1 in. CTS1-1/8 in.1-5/16 in. (33 mm.) 
    1-1/4 in.1-1/4 in. CTS1-3/8 in.1-7/8 in. (48 mm.) 
    1-1/2 in.1-1/2 in. CTS1-5/8 in.2-1/16 in. (52 mm.) 
    2 in.2 in. CTS2-1/8 in.2-3/16 in. (56 mm.) 

    3. Push fitting to the insertion mark.  

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