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Old 05-08-2013, 08:36 PM   #11
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I have no experience with them, but my concern with SharkBite is how long they will last. The only thing between you and a leak is an O-ring, and those tend to dry out after a while. Are you going to lubricate them from time-to-time? (I think not.)
Hmmmm. I was thinking the same thing.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:36 PM   #12
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I agree Shark Bite O ring does leak over the winter as the system is blown dry for winter storage. The gear clamps will work if not over tightened as system is not high pressure
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:54 PM   #13
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I agree Shark Bite O ring does leak over the winter as the system is blown dry for winter storage. The gear clamps will work if not over tightened as system is not high pressure
This has not been my experience so far (2 years).

Have you personally had a sharkbite leaker or is it anecdotal?

Changing them is a snap since there is a tool to unmount the fittings by hand.

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Nevermind. You are the OP.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:06 AM   #15
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I have no experience with them, but my concern with SharkBite is how long they will last. The only thing between you and a leak is an O-ring, and those tend to dry out after a while. Are you going to lubricate them from time-to-time? (I think not.)
The manufacturer says they are certified for underground and "no access" locations and to 200 PSI and 200į F.

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Old 05-09-2013, 10:15 AM   #16
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The manufacturer says they are certified for underground and "no access" locations and to 200 PSI and 200į F.

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The question was about DURABILITY. Do they say how long they will last? "Certified" for the life of the product (eg, until they start leaking)?
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I don't have any particular engineering expertise, but if they are for use in non-access parts of a building, they "should" be extremely durable. The web page says "Design certified and agency listed," perhaps someone in the building industry could tell us more about what that means.

The question is not whether they will last forever on a pop up, but whether they are the best alternative for attaching PEX in our systems without an expensive crimping tool. My first order estimation is that a connection system that is designed for PEX will be better than one that is not. The anecdotal reports here suggest that they are.
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:28 PM   #18
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Shark bites are awesome being using them and selling them for years. Haven't seen a failure of one yet. Not to say they couldn't , but I guess that can be said about anything
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:25 PM   #19
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I will be using Pex with Crimp Clamps as in Canada Canadian Tire sells Crimp Clamp tool for $27.00 and works great also 10 1/2 inch Crimp Clamps for $6.00. Excellent Value
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I cut the clamps off, but now I can't get the valve/fitting out of the hose. Is there a trick to getting the hose off the fitting?
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