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SharkBite EvoPEX Commercial New Construction Installation (Meridian, ID)

Buss Mechanical shares their experience with the SharkBite® EvoPEX® system for a commercial new construction job.

The Challenge

When Chris Buss, co-owner of Buss Mechanical Services, Inc. was asked to install plumbing for a four-story Hilton Hotel in Meridian, Idaho, his priority was getting the job done with minimal tools and labor. The team also had to complete the project quickly so that the hotel could be up and running as soon as possible, which would in turn, save time and money. And, considering the nationwide labor shortage affecting the plumbing industry, the team had to make sure they utilized their resources wisely.

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We can do a job with less people, faster and right now, that's worth its weight in gold.

Chris Buss, co-owner of Buss Mechanical Services, Inc.

The Solution

Buss Mechanical Services, Inc. specializes in commercial and residential plumbing, including small tenant improvements, major construction, hospitals, hotel and multi-family. This crew has also seen their share of plumbing scenarios, methods, and products used on many types of jobs. Leaning on their vast experience, the team decided to use SharkBite products, including EvoPEX, due to its speed, accuracy and simplicity. “We’re using the EvoPEX system to try to assist with quickening the pace of the job and reducing the possibilities of leaks,” he said.

Buss mentioned that with EvoPEX, the calibration of tools is not needed. “Once you have [the fitting] in there, you see the green indicator, you walk away…you’re not going to have problems,” he said. “We’ve installed close to 600 fittings, if not more, and we’ve never had a single problem… not a leak, not a failed fitting, nothing.”

In addition to SharkBite EvoPEX, Buss says he chose HOLDRITE brackets so that the crew could easily stub the EvoPEX out. By installing the fittings directly to CPVC pipe, the team never worried about mechanical joint failure and they were able to complete the installation more quickly.

Buss said that another benefit of using the SharkBite system was that it required less tools and labor than traditional systems such as crimp. “Compared to a crimp where you’re going to have to get the tools and it is a two-handed system, this is [a] one-hand [system] and you never have to stop,” he said. “We can use one to two less people installing EvoPEX than you would a normal crimp system or solder system.

Project Highlights:

  • Buss Mechanical had to install 600+ fittings in a four-story hotel.
  • Crew has consistently relied on SharkBite products for a variety of commercial and residential projects.
  • The team was able to finish their job quickly, with no extra tools, less time and labor, when they used SharkBite.