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 Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: act1999 (NC)

How do the Watts Series 35 Quick connect fittings [www.watts.com] compare to Sharkbite fittings? I have only recently read alot of good info on the Sharkbite fiitings. I have used the Watts Series 35 fittings because they were readily available at Lowes. There have been no problems with the use of Watts connectors so far.

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: redwood (CT)

I prefer the heavier duty sharkbites.

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: act1999 (NC)

After what I've read, I agree with you. I really do not want to replace these existing Watts connectors with Sharkbite at this time. Does anyone have anything positive to say about Watts connectors? Furthermore, all future quick connecting on my part will be done with the Sharkbite fittings.

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: joint-runner (MA)

Nether...:X

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: daniel b (NC)

they are not exspensive to buy?

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: packy (MA)

when PVC came onto the market, they used to talk about ruining the trade by making things too easy. now, you can water pipe a house without tools???
gimme a break!!

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: hj (AZ)

Watts appear to be the same as John Guest fittings. One difference is that the Sharkbite removing ring has to be depressed with a tool, whereas the Watts and Guest fittings can be removed by depressing the ring with your fingers. Another difference is that the Sharkbite is brass, whereas the others are either plastic, or have a plastic retainer ring.

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: hj (AZ)

Easy AND cheap. Using these fittings does not qualify as "cheap" so they are probably not going to destroy the plumbing industry.

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: lee polowczuk (SC)

i just used the Sharkbite....amazing fitting.

I had a plumber who wanted 300 dollars to run a waterline from my basement to my attic.... he said he would use pex.

After reading and getting some advice on this board... i ran the pex and used the Sharkbites...probably cost me 25 dollars. Not only that it gave me confidence to do more plumbing.

the only leap of faith for me was cutting into my 3/4" copper line and then hooking the sharkbite to it and the pex with a 3/4x3/4x1/2 "T".

Used a 90 in the attic and tied that to a copper stub that i soldered to a shut off valve.

I have done very, very little plumbing in my life....

Why the water line? the attic previously had a "maids" john there at some point... i tied a new toilet into the existing DWV cast system... now i have an outhouse in the attic. Someday it will be a finished half bath.

i appreciate this forum. For $150 i have the beginnings of a new half bath.

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: redwood (CT)

Hmmm, Attic bathroom? You might want to explain how this is all tied into the drain. Sometimes these can create venting problems for the floors below.

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: joint-runner (MA)

Sharkbites new "e-z" flex drains Redwood....get with it man.If I see these little o-ring rependent suckers on a job there coming out.The Copper crimping o-ring systems are already having problems.

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: redwood (CT)

Ez-flex drains not here JR!

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: lee polowczuk (SC)

this house had a maids john... i just cut out the old galvanized pipe and replaced it with PEX. the attic was already plumbed and vented ...the waste line is cast...and it runs through the main floor closet...and into the sewer drain direct... it's about as clean of an instillation as you can get..

i am flushing to my hearts content.

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: jjbex (IL)

You should have run 3/4" pex. Your toilet probably won't refill while you are washing hands after flushing.

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: lee polowczuk (SC)

I am going to run separate hot and cold water lines for the sink when i put that in...

our existing toilets have 1/2 inch copper.

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 Re: Watts vs Sharkbite
Author: alaskan111 (AK)

I agree watts connectors are fine. that is what I have used for the most part, shark bites are far superior, and i will use those for any futre plumbing projects. they are spendy.

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