How To: Install SharkBite Push-To-Connect Fittings
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How To Install SharkBite Brass Push-To-Connect Fittings
SharkBite brass push-to-connect fittings create a seamless and easy transition between different types of pipe materials. No tools are required and the fittings can be even installed in wet lines. The fitting can be rotated after installation, so you can install without having to worry about how it's positioned. SharkBite fittings are also approved for behind the wall and underground installations. If the fitting is being installed for underground use, wrap with silicone self-adhesive tape before burying.
1. Identify the pipe material.
To get started, identify the pipe material. SharkBite brass push-to-connect fittings are compatible with PEX, Copper, CPVC, PE-RT and HDPE 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.
2. Cut pipe cleanly & squarely.
Be sure the pipe is free of scratches or debris and cut the pipe as cleanly and squarely as possible. If you are working with copper pipe, use a deburr tool or sand paper to remove any sharp edges or burrs on the pipe. Failing to deburr the pipe properly can compromise the fitting.
3. Measure & mark the insertion depth.
4. Make the connection.
Push the fitting to the insertion mark you just made on the pipe. Now, turn on the water and check the connection.
Removing SharkBite Fittings
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 SharkBite Disconnect Clip or Disconnect Tongs. To use the Disconnect Clip, snap it on to the pipe and pull up to the release collar. Press the release collar using the Disconnect Clip and pull the pipe from the fitting. To use the Disconnect Tongs, slide the tongs over the fitting and the pipe. Squeeze the tongs to press the fitting’s release collar and pull the pipe from the fitting. The SharkBite Universal brass push-to-connect fitting is ready to re-use.