SharkBites push-fit plumbing fittings are a miracle for the do-it-yourself plumber. They are also expensive. If you do not mind trading a few bucks for convenience, they are a must buy.
Out of all of the hundreds of products in the SharkBite catalogue, there are a few you will use over and over and over. These 7 SharkBites, listed in order of importance, will take care of most of your minor to moderate scale DIY plumbing remodels. All work with PEX, copper, or CPVC pipes.
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What It Does: Makes a straight-line connection between two branch water supply pipes.
Why You Need It: When you might cut out corroded, pinhole-leaking copper pipe, straight couplings help you make that seamless transition from pipe to pipe. It's also a great way to lengthen PEX pipe that you are already running, rather than dealing with long continuous runs.
Specs: SharkBite U008LFA
02 of 07
What It Does: Connects two 1/2" lines in a straight-line fashion, with a third, extra 1/2" line leading out at a 90 degree angle. For branch supply pipes.
Why You Need It: This SharkBite tee allows you to interrupt straight line PEX or other pipe and shoot off in another direction to service another area. For example, you can "tee off" and tie into a toilet, shower, bathtub, sink, etc.
Specs: SharkBite U362LFA
03 of 07
What It Does: Connects two branch supply pipes at a 90 degree angle.
Why You Need It: Half-inch elbows are enormously functional, and you cannot have too many of them around. Not enough room to turn your half-inch pipe with a five-inch radius support? No problem. Elbows allow you to send the pipe off in a different direction in a limited space.
Specs: SharkBite U248LFA
04 of 07
What It Does: Ball valves interrupt the flow of water in branch supply pipe--but farther down the line than at the main water shut-off valve.
Why You Need It: Installing a ball valve allows you to zone off areas of plumbing, isolating them from the main water system. For example, you might have a refinished basement that you want to control separately from other areas.
Ball valves are especially good for areas known to have problems, such as exterior hose bibs or laundry rooms. In the event of an emergency leak, you can quickly shut off the leak only to that area, while maintaining water flow to the rest of the house.
Specs: SharkBite 22222-0000LFContinue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
What It Does: End caps provide a way of closing up the end run of a single branch supply pipe. They are like a door at the end of a long hallway, except it is essentially a door that is permanently sealed shut.
Why You Need It: You will not need many of these; perhaps one or two. End caps are a good way of stopping a pipe when you are in the middle of a plumbing remodel.
Specs: SharkBite U514LFA
06 of 07
What It Does: Reducer tees tap into the flow of a line of a certain diameter, sending off a third line of a smaller diameter. In this case, two 3/4" lines continue in and out of the tee, with a third 1/2" line shooting off at a 90- degree angle.
Why You Need It: These 3/4" to 1/2" reducer tees "convert" your main water line (the one that comes in off of the street to the water heater) and sends it off to various services that need cold water: sinks, toilets, etc.
Specs: SharkBite U412LFA
07 of 07
What It Does: Like the 1/2" SharkBite ball valve, this one shuts a water line on or off. In this case, the 3/4" ball valve breaks into your main water line.
Why You Need It: If you have a bad valve at the point where water comes in off of the street, this ball valve replaces it.
It can also be used in emergencies to shut down a 3/4" water main flooding your house. Cut the flooding 3/4" pipe square. Slip this ball valve on with the lever turned to the "Open" direction. Then, once the SharkBite is fully seated, shut the valve off.
Specs: SharkBite 22185-0000LF