The SharkBite® Connection System includes an expansive line of fittings, valves and other labour-saving products to offer you a strong grip on your next plumbing project. These time-saving connections allow you to join copper, CPVC and PEX pipes in any combination without soldering, clamps, unions or glue — an easy solution for any Pro or DIYer!
Innovative design allows copper, CPVC and PEX pipes to be connected in any combination
Instant push-fit connections mean no soldering, clamps or glue required
Joints can be pressure-tested immediately since there is no cure time
Making connections in confined spaces is simple — connections can be rotated after assembly
Disconnect tools make disassembly quick and easy
Ideal for plumbing potable water and hydronic heating applications
From push-fit couplings and valves to disconnect clips and water heater connectors, SharkBite® offers solutions for all your plumbing connection needs.
SharkBite® Push-Fit Fittings
SharkBite® push-fit fittings offer a quick and easy way to join copper, CPVC and PEX pipes in any combination.
The SharkBite® check valve can be installed horizontally or vertically and prevents the reverse flow of water in the supply line. The SharkBite® ball valve is composed of highly forged brass and features a single lever control. It can be used for entire systems, sections or components.
SharkBite® push-fit fittings are certified to withstand 200 PSI and 200oF (93oC). The push-fit fittings are listed by IAPMO and are certified for potable and hydronic heating water distribution. They have been certified for underground applications and as a manufactured joint without access panels and they meet UPC, IPC and cUPC requirements. They are also design certified to ASSE 1061 and NSF 61.
Your SharkBite® connection system is warranted against manufacturer's defects. Click here for more details.
THE SHARKBITE® SYSTEM
The SharkBite® connection system uses an advanced push-fit design that works in two stages. When the tube is inserted into the fitting, it passes the first stage through a release collar and then through a stainless steel grab ring. The grab ring has teeth that open out and grip onto the tube.
At the second stage the tube is pushed through an o-ring protector, which aligns the tube. A specially formulated o-ring is then compressed between the wall of the fitting and the tube before the end of the tube reaches the tube stop.
Only when the tube has passed through the o-ring and reaches the tube stop, is a secure joint created.
The SharkBite® fittings can only be used with pipe/tubing certified to the following specifications:
PEX (ASTM F876, CSA B137.5)
Copper (ASTM B 88)
CPVC (ASTM D 2846, CSA B137.6)
The SharkBite® fittings have an integral tube support liner that is effective in supporting PEX tubing to ensure the o-ring seals correctly on the outside of the PEX tubing. The Tube Support Liner is not required for use with CPVC and copper tubing; however, these two types of tubing fit over the Tube Support Liner easily and hold it against the tube stop. But the tube liner may be easily removed based on preference or local codes.
Connecting a SharkBite® Joint
Select the correct size fitting and tubing for the job. Check that fittings and tubing are clean, in good condition and are free from damage and foreign objects.
Cut the tube so that the ends are square. Ensure that there are no burrs or damage to the cut end. Wherever possible, proper tube cutting tools such as rotary tube cutters (copper tubing) or tube shears (for plastic tubing) should be used.
Once the tubing end is cut square and clean, use a scribe and SharkBite® Safe Seal Tool to mark the insert depth on the outside of the tubing. This mark is used to ensure that the joint is assembled correctly. To assemble correctly, the tubing needs to be pushed into the fitting until it meets the tube stop.
Follow these three steps to insert the tubing into the fitting:
1. Insert the tube through the release collar to rest against the grab ring.
2. Push the tube firmly with a slight twisting action until it reaches the tube stop.
3. To ensure that the tube is correctly inserted, check that the depth mark is within 0.05 in (1.3 mm) of the end of the release collar.
Disconnecting a SharkBite® Joint
Use the SharkBite® disconnect clip to disconnect the joint. By applying pressure to the release collar with the clip, the grab ring teeth are splayed. This action releases the tube allowing it to be removed from the fitting.
1. Place the SharkBite® disconnect clip around the tube with the non-branded face against the release collar.
2. Push the clip against the release collar and pull the tube with a slight twisting action to release the tube.
3. Check the fitting and tube end for damage. The fitting should be free of damage and foreign objects. The tubing should be free of damage and marks on the outside diameter. If the tubing is damaged or marked, then cut and use a new section of tubing.
PEX Tube Support Liner Removal
The tube liner is not necessary with CPVC or Copper tubing, and may be removed based on preference or local codes. The tube liner can be easily removed by pulling it past the o-ring, then with the aid of the SharkBite® disconnect clip (sold separately), the tube support liner can drop out of the fitting as it can move freely past the grab ring. Needle-nose pliers may be used to pull the tube support liner out.
Gently work the tube support liner past the o-ring.
Stop once the tube support liner has been pulled past the o-ring. The tube support liner cannot be pulled out any further due to the grab ring.
Put the disconnect clip in place and squeeze them together. This will cause the grab ring teeth to spread. Once the disconnect clip is squeezed and the grab ring teeth are spread, the tube support liner can be easily removed.
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