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How To: Transitioning From PVC Or Polybutylene To PEX, Copper Or CPVC Pipe

Having transition fittings ensures you can get the job done with the materials you trust — no matter what the existing pipe type is.

How To Transition from PVC or Polybutylene to PEX, Copper or CPVC Pipe Video Transcript:

If you are working with PVC or Polybutylene Pipe and need a way to quickly transition to PEX, Copper, C-PVC, PE-RT or HDPE pipe, we have you covered. SharkBite fittings can quickly transition from one pipe material to another. They are approved for behind the wall installation and burial. If the fitting is being installed for underground use, wrap with silicone self-adhesive tape before burying.

The fittings are easily identifiable by the collar color:

  • SharkBite fittings with a gray collar are compatible with polybutylene pipe.
  • SharkBite fittings with a white collar are compatible with PVC pipe. These fittings are compatible with schedule 40, 80 &120 PVC.
  • SharkBite fittings with a tan collar are compatible with PEX, copper, C-PVC, PE-RT & HDPE pipe.

Since no special tools needed, working in tight spaces is faster and easier. Let’s install it. Identify your pipe material. Cut the pipe as cleanly and squarely as possible and ensure the pipe is free of scratches and debris. If you are handling copper pipe, remove any sharp edges or burrs.

Next, use your SharkBite Depth & Deburr tool to measure and mark the insertion depth on your pipe. You can find the insertion depth chart here:


SharkBite Fittings Pipe Compatibility Pipe Insertion Depth Chart

Push the fitting to the insertion mark you just made onto both pieces of pipe. Now, turn on your water and check the connection.

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