Asked by: Edisa Maksyutenko
asked in category: General Last Updated: 4th April, 2020

How do you install sharkbite fittings on copper pipe?

SharkBite fittings come with a PEX stiffener pre-loaded into the fitting for PEX, PE-RT and HDPE. The PEX stiffener does not need to be removed for Copper or CPVC applications. Push the fitting to the insertion mark you just made on the pipe. Now, turn on your water and check the connection.

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Also, how do you make copper pipe for Shark bite?


  1. Cut the copper pipe gradually.
  2. Outer edge of the copper pipe must be reamed clean – we advise to ream/deburr the inside also to reduce turbulence.
  3. Measure – pipe must be fully inserted into the fitting to a depth specified in instructions.
  4. Use PEX stiffener (insert) when using push fittings with PEX tubing.

Similarly, why is PEX banned in California? PEX Banned From California '01 Code. Uponor Wirsbo said its PEX pipe was introduced in California in 1990 and that the product helps solve problems in areas with aggressive soil conditions that copper pipe cannot solve.

Correspondingly, do shark bites ever leak?

In general, SharkBite fittings only leak due to one of these reasons: The pipe was not properly deburred prior to installation. The pipe has scratches or debris on the outside that is preventing the O-ring from getting a watertight seal.

How long does a SharkBite fitting last?

25 years

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