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Sharkbite Fittings

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    LESLIE: Randy in Pennsylvania has a plumbing question. What can we do for you today?

     
    RANDY: Well, I was going to be doing some plumbing under my sink and people been telling me about these new shark tooth plumbing devices that can be used where you just slip them on and they don’t leak and don’t come off.
     
    TOM: Hmm.
     
    RANDY: I was just curious about how good they really are.
     
    TOM: Hey Randy, I think you’re talking about a fitting called a Sharkbite fitting; not a shark tooth. (chuckling)
     
    RANDY: Alright, Sharkbite fitting; yeah. (Leslie chuckles)
     
    TOM: Yeah. It’s basically a push-fit connection system, so it’s an easy system to put together. They haven’t been out that long but it seems that people are having pretty good success with it. We haven’t heard of any problems, haven’t read about any problems online. It’s a system that’s used to join copper or CPVC or even PEX piping and it’s good for areas that are hard to reach because, essentially, you press it in and it fits. There’s also a disconnect tool that can be used to take these apart if you have to do any additional repairs to them. So where do you want to use this, exactly?
     
    RANDY: Well, it was going to be under my sink in the cabinets and that’s why I really didn’t want to have to solder in there and that’s why I curious about how well they work.
     
    TOM: I think it’s a really good – I think it’s a good place to use it.
     
    LESLIE: It’s a good solution for tight spaces.
     
    TOM: Exactly.
     
    RANDY: Right, right. So there’s no bad stuff on them (inaudible at 0:29:49.8).
     
    TOM: Haven’t heard anything negative about it. I think using it in the sink is probably a good place to start. I wouldn’t tell you to use it for your whole house but try it in the sink and keep an eye on it and see how it works.
     
    RANDY: OK. Well, I was kind of curious about them.
     
    TOM: Alright, Randy. Hope that helps you out. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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