Push Fittings – Fast Plumbing Repairs

Repair Any Plumbing Problem  Without Soldering


It's really surprising how many people I meet on a daily basis that have not hear "quick connect" or "push on" plumbing fittings. Some of you have may have heard of "Sharkbite", "Gatorbite" and "Speedfit" but your not quick sure what they are or how they work and there are still many "old school" do it your selfer's who still believe that copper is the only way to go and that all plumbing joints should be soldered. 

Far be it for me to try and change anyone's mind, if you feel good doing it the old way and that works for you, go ahead and do it.  On the other hand if you are open to new ideas and would love to do all your home plumbing the fast and easy way, then your in for a treat.  But first a little history. 

 

The Beginning:

It all began in 1974 when a young tool maker by the name of John Guest of West Drayton in the UK invented the first plastic push on fitting.  Now 40 years later his company has grown to many different countries and his system has been copied by many new comers.

What are Push Fittings:

Push fittings are the easiest way to connect your home pluming, it requires no soldering , no clamps and no gluing. You simply cut the pipe and insert it into the fitting and your done. Nothing can be quicker.

How Push Fittings Work:

The way push fitting works is very simple.  You cut a piece of  pipe to length and insert it into the fitting, your done.  The following diagram will better illustrate the working parts of a push fitting. 

 

How to Use Push Fittings on PVC, Pex or Copper

Push fittings are extremely easy to use, just follow these simple instructions:

⇒First determine the type of fitting you are going to use; ie: couple, elbow, reducer etc.

Push Fittings

 

⇒Secondly, measure and cut the pipe to the required length.

Push Type Fitting

Mark the length of the pipe to be inserted into the fitting

⇒Third;  clean the edges of the pipes to be connected. There should be no burrs or rough edges that may cause damage to the rubber "O" ring inside the fitting. If you damage the "O" ring the connection will leak. 

⇒Next, determine the length that the pipe needs to be inserted into the fitting according to the manufacturers instructions. Usually around one inch for 1/2" pipe.

⇒Place a small mark on the pipe to be inserted showing the length that the pipe needs to be inserted into the fitting. 

⇒Insert the pipe by simply pushing it into the fitting, some manufacturers suggest that you should use a twisting motion to insert the pipe. 

⇒Once that's done,  slowly turn the water on and test the fitting. If there are no leaks and there should not be any, if everything has been done right. If you find a leak, remove the fitting and try inserting it again, if it still leaks replace the fitting with a new one and test again.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this.  

⇒Clean up any your work area.

Your Done!  

Resources:


 

SharkBite :  Application Specific; How To Video's 

SharkBite:  Product Specific; How To Video's 

John Guest:  Product Info and How to Video's 

Apollo Fittings: How To Fitting Video's

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  1. I just re-piped my home using pex push connectors. My plumber arrived today to do final connections. He said that the push connectors should be used inside walls only for repairs.

    What do you think?

    • Quick frankly Rick, I have been using push connectors for years, in all kinds of plumbing without any effect. I recommend them to all my customers for both inside and outside the walls. I have never had a customer ever complain to me that they did not work or that there ever was a problem. I my line of work and I have to do a fair amount of research before I put down words that may come to haunt me. Personally, I have never heard of anything like that. In my personal opinion, go ahead and use push connectors anywhere you would like. They have been tested for over 40 years in Britain and Australia. Sorry to disagree with your plumber.