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How To: Install SharkBite Push-to-Connect Fittings

SharkBite brass push-to-connect fittings create a quick and seamless connection between the same or different pipe types. No tools are required, and the fittings can be installed in wet lines, even under full flow. They can also be rotated after connecting, so you can install them without having to worry about how they're positioned.  

SharkBite fittings are approved for behind the wall and underground applications. If it’s being installed underground, make sure to wrap it with silicone tape before burying. 

How to Install SharkBite Brass Push-to-Connect Fittings 

  1. Identify the pipe material. SharkBite brass push-to-connect fittings are compatible with PEX, copper, CPVC and HDPE pipe. They come with a PEX stiffener pre-loaded into the fitting for PEX and HDPE, and the stiffener doesn’t need to be removed for copper or CPVC applications.  
  2. Cut the pipe cleanly and squarely. Be sure the pipe is free of scratches or debris and cut the pipe as cleanly and squarely as possible. If you're working with copper pipe, use your deburr and gauge tool to remove any sharp edges or burrs on the pipe. Failing to deburr the pipe properly can cause the fitting to fail.  
  3. Measure and mark the insertion depth. Using your deburr and gauge tool, measure and mark the proper insertion depth on your pipe. 
  4. Make the connection. Push the fitting to the insertion mark on the pipe. Now, turn on the water and check the connection.  

How to Remove a SharkBite Fitting 

Unlike other fittings, SharkBite brass push-to-connect fittings can be removed and re-used if changes are necessary. To remove the fitting, use a disconnect clip or tongs.  

To use the SharkBite disconnect clip

  1. Snap it onto the pipe.  
  2. Pull up to the release collar.  
  3. Pull the pipe from the fitting. 

To use the SharkBite disconnect tongs

  1. Slide the tongs over the fitting and the pipe.  
  2. Squeeze the tongs to press the fitting’s release collar.  
  3. Pull the pipe from the fitting.  

After removing, the SharkBite brass push-to-connect fitting is ready to re-use. However, any fitting used repeatedly should not be used for a permanent installation.