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Old 11-20-2016, 04:06 PM   #11
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QUESTION??? Why did you replace the inside filter??? Assume you still use a filter at outside tap??
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Old 11-20-2016, 04:21 PM   #12
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I tried sharkbite and it leaked. Maybe I did not do it correctly. I then used regular screw down hose clamp and no leaks.
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Old 11-20-2016, 05:24 PM   #13
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I keep a couple of these sharkbites valves for emergency repairs. The sharkbites use an o-ring to seal the fitting. The key is to make sure there are no sharp edges on the PEX tubing that could cut the o-ring when you slide the fitting on. Also, just before sliding the fitting on, wet the tubing with a little soap. I put a little soap (any kind) on my fingers and wipe the tube. This lubricate the tube.

If you use the crimp style fittings, the key is to use the correct tool, and do not twist the fitting after its installed and crimped.
I'm probably being picky, but that isn't a Sharkbite fitting. Sharkbite is a registered trademark of Reliance Worldwide Corporation and according their catalog, all true Sharkbite fittings are made of lead free DZR brass. What you have is a straight in-line valve compression fitting. I couldn't find one exactly like yours, but Lowe's sells one similar that is made by Blue Hawk.

I make no comment on whether Sharbites are better or worse than the non-brass versions.
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Old 11-20-2016, 05:33 PM   #14
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I'm probably being picky, but that isn't a Sharkbite fitting. Sharkbite is a registered trademark of Reliance Worldwide Corporation and according their catalog, all true Sharkbite fittings are made of lead free DZR brass. What you have is a straight in-line valve compression fitting. I couldn't find one exactly like yours, but Lowe's sells one similar that is made by Blue Hawk.

I make no comment on whether Sharbites are better or worse than the non-brass versions.
You are correct...the true Sharkbites are brass. What is in that poster's pic is a Sea Tech fitting, same idea as sharkbite but just made of some form of plastic. The Sea Tech fittings are common in the parts section of many RV parts departments. I have also seen them at Home Depot by a different name than Sea Tech, may have been Blue Hawk but can't say for sure.
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Old 11-20-2016, 05:36 PM   #15
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QUESTION??? Why did you replace the inside filter??? Assume you still use a filter at outside tap??
Just do a search on the topic of leaking water filters, there are tons of posts in here of people that have experienced major leaks with the inside filters. I still use a filter but it's outside, if it leaks, no damage done, and I can put the filter in the fridge between trips so the filter isn't sitting inside a camper that gets over 100 degrees while it is sitting.
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Old 11-23-2016, 06:22 AM   #16
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I keep SharkBite® fittings in my repair box.

They do make smaller crimpers for the the Pex rings, but even then you may not be able to get into the space where you need to. I have cut long sections of plumbing out, reconfigured them, reinstalled and only had to crimp at the ends. It is like one of those crazy wooden Chinese puzzles we used to get as kids. Makes your brain hurt!

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