How to Install SharkBite Fittings
Post Directory | How to install SharkBite fittings.
- Page 1: Beginning the installation of SharkBite fittings.
- Page 2: Assembling & removing SharkBite fittings. ⇐You Are Here
- Page 3: Making the final connections.
Quick links for manufacturers specs.
- Manufacturers Specifications Sheet • link
- Manufacturers Directions on how to Remove SharkBite Fittings • link
- Manufacturers Recommendations on Removing Pex Tube Liner • link
- Manufacturers Instructions on Installing SharkBite Fittings • link
- Manufacturers Instructions on Slip Fittings • link
- Manufacturers Instructions on Underground Fittings • link
- Manufacturers website SharkBite.com • link
Page 2: Assembling & Removing SharkBite Fittings
Once the copper pipe is cut, you want to remove any of the jaggedness left behind. Sand and deburr the inside and outside of the copper pipe. This will ensure that the seal in the SharkBite fitting will not be damaged during installation.
Here is what the copper pipe looks like once all cleaned up. Take a soft cloth and wipe clean as well.
Before installing SharkBite fittings, some say to remove the plastic piece inside the SharkBite connector when installing with copper. Do You Remove Plastic Piece in Sharkbite Fittings with Copper? There may be a lot of discrepancy with the previous question. We did our research on removing the pex tube liner and the manufacturer does not state that it is mandatory to remove and is only a preference. See manufacturers instruction on removing the pex tube liner here.
As you can see on the packaging, there is no warning or anything with urgency recommending to remove the pex tube liner with copper. If you do decide to remove the pex tube liner, be careful when removing. You do not want to damage the teeth inside the SharkBite fitting. This is the reason why we decided to leave the plastic pex tube liner in when installing SharkBite fittings and connectors on copper pipe. We do not remove them.
Take the SharkBite fitting and push it all the way to the line that was marked on copper pipe.
If we accidentally installed the wrong piece and need to remove a SharkBite fitting, we can easily do so since we left enough room to use the SharkBite disconnect clip.
If you need to remove a fitting, follow the manufacturers instructions here.
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