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Soldering vs. Compression fittings vs. sharkbite

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dru, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. dru

    dru Sharpshooter Member

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    I find myself having to replace my water heater. hooray. so when the old water heater was put in, I guess the plumber ran copper pipe straight down to the water heater and soldered it directly to the tank. Now that I am having to replace the heater I thought I would save a little money and try a relatively simple DIY home repair task. The heater is electric and is in the garage in a raised little "closet". When I reinstall it, I would like to try to use some sort of flexible tubing, that way when the next water heater breaks it hopefully won't be such a pain in the ass.

    So my question is whether to solder (which I don't know how to do) or use a compression fitting (which I've heard can break) or this new sharkbite stuff which seems to actually work pretty well for pipes that aren't in the wall. I would assume that soldering is the most permanent and reliable but I have been seeing a lot of really good reviews about this sharkbite stuff. Just not really sure which way to go here.
     
  2. Okie4570

    Okie4570 Sharpshooter Member

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    Soldering is not hard to do, especially in that situation where you have plenty of room to work. The sharkbite that you're referring to is Pex pipe, I assuming that's what you're talking about? Takes a copper ring or a crimp ring over a brass barbed fitting. It will require a crimp tool, and is super simple. I've never been a fan of compression fittings for anything if I could help it.
     
  3. dru

    dru Sharpshooter Member

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    thanks. is there anything about sharkbite that I should know, like not scratching the outside of the pipe, deburring, and all the rest?
     
  4. bettingpython

    bettingpython Sharpshooter Member

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    Solder it. It's easy.
     
  5. Okie4570

    Okie4570 Sharpshooter Member

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    Nothing special, it's pretty much fool proof. Every man should solder some pipe in his life though............now's your chance!!
     
  6. n8thegr8

    n8thegr8 Sharpshooter Member

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    This...plus you have an excuse to buy a torch and play with fire! That's the main reason I'm going to be replacing mine this summer.

    "Hey honey, I need to buy this $300 Oxy Acetylene torch kit to install a new water heater kthx"
     
  7. Okie4570

    Okie4570 Sharpshooter Member

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    Or a $20 MAPP gas torch will work too:)
     
  8. SoonerP226

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    You hush. You're ruining his chance to buy perfectly good expensive equipment!
     
  9. n8thegr8

    n8thegr8 Sharpshooter Member

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    She doesn't need to know that :P
     
  10. gun001guns

    gun001guns Sharpshooter Member

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    Shark bite are by far the easiest they just push on copper. I took out a shower, toilet and sink from our laundry room to make arger during remodel. I used the shark bites on the copper cut the lines under the floor caped with shark bites been two years ago not one leak or other issue. No special tools needed. Highly recommend
     

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