How to Install SharkBite Piping

SharkBite is a coupling joint system used for joining sections of copper, CPVC (Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride) or PEX water supply pipes together, in any combination. With the pipe ends simply pushed into the coupling joint, all need for soldering, cementing or applying crimp rings is alleviated. A specially designed O-ring fitted inside the ends of the SharkBite coupling compresses around the pipe ends, forming a watertight seal. The couplings are straight, T-shaped or 90 degrees.

There is no need for soldering when using SharkBite couplings.

Step 1

Clean around the outside end of each pipe with a rag to remove all dirt or grease. Look at the end of the pipes for any burrs. If any exist, use fine sandpaper to remove burrs from CPVC or PEX, and a steel file to remove burrs from copper.

Step 2

Measure 1 inch from the end of each pipe being inserted into the SharkBite coupling, using a tape measure. Mark the pipe at this 1-inch point with a black marker pen.

Step 3

Push the pipe ends into the ends of the SharkBite coupling until the mark on each pipe meets the end of the coupling. A small click will be heard as the pipe ends connect with the O-rings inside the coupling.

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Steve Sloane started working as a freelance writer in 2007. He has written articles for various websites, using more than a decade of DIY experience to cover mostly construction-related topics. He also writes movie reviews for Inland SoCal. Sloane holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and film theory from the University of California, Riverside.