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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have a leak in a tight spot under the house where the previous owner installed a compression fitting shut off valve on a supply line. I need to run the new propane line and do 300 hundred things today as well. I just didn't have time to play (it's a biotch to get the water out of the horizontal line) and picked up a Gatorbite valve. Took me about 2 minutes to install it and it looks tight and secure. Anyone else ever used these?
post #2 of 14
I've used the same thing made by a different company in the past. For a tight spot or not having the stuff I need to solder a pipe with me they worked. Not my first choice, but I'd use them again.
post #3 of 14
Third . I think you have to recognize in general a sweatted joint is probably the "right" fix, but dang they are quick, and in a tight spot they rock!!!

Alan
post #4 of 14
for future reference on pipes that leak in order to sweat them pick up a set of jet-swets. runs right thru the ball valve and seals the leak. sweat one side then pull out and close valve.... done permanantly! i do keep a set of sharkbites on my truck as well but have never had to use them
post #5 of 14
FWIW-If you have standing water in the line, consider using the tried and true bread trick. Take a piece of bread and pull a chunk off. Stuff it about 6 inches down into the pipe . It will absorb any water and allow you enough time to sweat the pipe.
post #6 of 14
What happens to the bread? I guess it breaks down completely in due time?
post #7 of 14
You would have a hard time convincing me a sweated joint is better. These things are pretty much foolproof. If you get it on and it's sealed,it will stay that way.

Too many DIY'ers don't wipe off a sweated joint well enough and they corrode terribly.... I know I've fixed my share.

These new fittings rock.... Quick, easy and secure. No corrosion too

I wish they cost less though.

BTW.... everything going in around here is now PEX. Can't sweat PEX...
post #8 of 14

  • Instant Push-Fit connection for increased ease-of-use.
  • No soldering, clamps, unions, or glue required.
  • Fittings certified to 200 PSI and 200°F (93°C).
  • Fits copper tubing, and CTS CPVC and PEX and connects all three types in any combination.
  • Integral tube liner for PEX installations, so
    no loose components, ensures secure, reliable connection.
  • Design certified and agency listed.
  • Compact, robust DZR brass body. Foundation of a strong, corrosion resistant, durable fitting.
  • Design certified to ANSI/NSF-61 and ASSE 1061 product standard for use in potable water and hydronic heating water distribution.
  • Approved to be used underground and behind walls without access panels.
  • Designed for hydronic heating as well as potable water distribution.
These are Sharkbite, same as Gatorbite....
You can even rotate them after installation. Makes it a breeze to install. They make a removal tool too. So, they can be re-used.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by DougH View Post
What happens to the bread? I guess it breaks down completely in due time?


It disintegrates as soon as you turn the water back on.( don't forget to remove the faucet strainer when flushing out the joints) BTW you don't use the crust.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by go_speedracer_go View Post
It disintegrates as soon as you turn the water back on.( don't forget to remove the faucet strainer when flushing out the joints) BTW you don't use the crust.



Don't use it on a heating system line, either.
post #11 of 14
Bread in a showerhead is a PIA too....
These fittings negate all those problems associated with sweating. Use them without concern.
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougH View Post
What happens to the bread? I guess it breaks down completely in due time?



it will break down and flush out, just make sure if you are working on a faucet line you pull the strainer out and flush the line out.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
It's been a few weeks and everything is still leak free. Good stuff!
post #14 of 14
Great product. Have one in use for over two years now, no worries at all.
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