Connecting HW heater with Shark Bite fittings


Old 03-08-09, 08:06 AM
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Connecting HW heater with Shark Bite fittings

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Has anyone ever connected the water lines for a HW heater using Shark Bite fittings? Also, I'm looking to use the flexible braided hoses.

I want to use the SB fitting on the 3/4" copper pipes with a male adapter. Then use the flex hose to connect the heater.

I should be okay, right?
It's not in a closed location inside a wall and since this is in a vacation condo the water gets shutoff when I'm not there.

I am not confident or patient enought to sweat the fittings, but if the SB fittings work and last like some say they do, why not. The cost offsets the time saved.


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Old 03-08-09, 04:54 PM
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If you use the braided hoses, make sure they are full 3/4 thoat pipes. Some areas do not allow those hoses, even though they are available at big box. And check local code on sharkbite fittings. They are being allowed under codes in many areas.
Old 03-09-09, 10:07 AM
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personally i would use copper flex lines rather than the braided ones since i havent heard of the copper bursting unless it has froze

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