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 Shark Bite leaking.
Author: kingshakabobo (IL)

I had trouble getting water to stop dripping out of my 3/4 copper in my basement. So I ran out and picked up a couple shark bite 3/4 ball valves. One took fine and one is leaking a bit.

My close-in cutter needs to be replaced and I think I spun a few groves in the copper.

I plan on redoing it tomorrow when I can shut off the water again (when my neighbors are gone).

Here's the question: Do I need to worry about it popping off over night? I can deal with a drip (it's on concrete) but I would rather not have an indoor swimming pool.

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: hj (AZ)

A drip would caused by a damaged "O" ring or damaged copper, (or both), but it would not affect the gripping function.

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: Fixitangel (NC)

I've never had a sharkbite leak, then again, I don't use them much. If you are SURE you "bottomed out" or fully seated the tube in the fitting, it should hold until morning. I have never heard of a sharkbite popping off a tube.. has anybody?

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: hj (AZ)

They are hard enough to remove when you want to, much less accidentally.

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: SwimRunPlumb (MI)

You can't pull them off with fingers



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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

HJ.if the poster is sure the valve went all the way on?????not setting the locking ring does occur.Most find out at pressure test and simply pushing the fitting fully on corrects the blast of water.If his cutters where tracking where they also compressing the tubing.often occurs to soft copper types.the fitting is not the failure.but the install is questionable at best.

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: PlumerDan (CA)

actual i had one blow of this winter.ahalg in. line fro ze solid for about ten foot and insted of splitting the pipe a shark bite popped off insted...easy fix.it was on the back of classroom.

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: mr leak (CA)

If you can pull it off with fingers then the shark bite must be a "lemon"



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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: hj (AZ)

That may be a better use.



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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: hj (AZ)

I had a cap freeze and pop off by the horse's pen last year, (the ice prevented flooding), but that puts them under a lot more pressure than your fingers.

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: kingshakabobo (IL)

I managed to re-cut it and re-set it and NO LEAKS. I had to buy a new close-in cutter and close-in cleaning brush. It's nice to have tools in working order.

Thanks for everyone's help!! It was only a semi-sleepless night thanks to your assurances.

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: SwimRunPlumb (MI)

Come on, who edited my post? hj? Vic?

I was only repeating what he had stated in the past. ;-)

I do like mr. leaks (revised) version though. :applause:

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

some are weak tipped ,they might even leak?LOL.yes with no problem.I would say it has more to do with understanding how the lock works than strength.the manufacturer of shark bite has agreed with me!!!!!What?///

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: waukeshaplumbing (WI)

i use sharkbites regularly....they leak sometimes....ive had (2) completely blow off (and yes they were on all the way and yes they were SHARKBITE brand)

if its under pressure and its holding it wont come off...the ones i had that blew off did so right away....sometimes if they leak you can turn them and they will stop...

never put one inside a wall...i only use them in exposed area's

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

Come on Swim, I am missing two finger tips and can still.You may note god gave the thumbs.they are very important for lock release.Why is engineered into the only steel of the product.Maybe you chew your nails?I would have broke that habit, while retraining the weak .

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: SwimRunPlumb (MI)

LOL, SEE!

Lemon is claiming it again.

My post actually stated that you "can" pull them off with your fingers Lemon, somebody edited it for some reason.

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 Re: Shark Bite leaking.
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

Sorry.

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