For new installation and repair
of potable water supply lines,
push-fit connections provide a
quick way to join pipe, requiring
no soldering, clamps or glue.
Push-fit connections utilize a
compression fitting to join the
pipes, and are certified up to
200 PSI and 200 degrees F.
Installation of these fittings is
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super simple, paving the way for
all manner of DIY applications.
To make a push-fit connection,
first make a square cut on the
end of the pipe. Sand down any
rough edges or debris. Mark the
depth of the pipe that will be
housed in the push-fit connection. Push the fitting together up
to the depth mark so it “clicks,”
and like magic the connection is
complete—it takes all of 3 seconds. The combination of push-fit fittings, manifolds, valves and
PEX tubing is the fastest way to
plumb virtually any residential
Here’s how it works: When the
pipe is pushed into the fitting,
the stainless steel teeth of the
fitting bite down on it and grip
tight, while a specially formulated O-ring compresses to create
a perfect seal. Disassembly is
just as fast using a simple disconnect tool that releases the O-ring, so fittings and valves can
be easily changed and reused.
They can even be rotated after
assembly for easier installation
in tight spaces. The push-fit connections are permanent connections, some of which come with
a 75-year manufacturer’s warranty. Push-fit plumbing connections
come in sizes ranging from 3/8
to 1 inch, available as couplings,
elbows, tees, connectors, reducers and end-stops. The products
are marketed under a couple of
different brand names, the most
prevalent being Sharkbite from
Cash Acme, a company based in
EHT’s home state of Alabama
Expansion Fittings. The expan-sion-fitting system makes plumbing connections utilizing PEX
rings that are threaded over a
pipe end and then expanded with
a special tool. The expanded ring
then contracts/compresses on a
plumbing fitting to form a very