Shark Bite connectors
Have you been come across issue of water leakage in your home or in basement? If you owned a home for quite a bit of time, you might have faced this situation of water leakage from HWT or a simple pin hole in the copper pipes.
If it’s so, its very common practice and most of us resort to visiting our nearest hardware store and end buying a copper pipe soldering kit. Well that a perfect way to handle this type of situation.
This soldering kit consists of a nipple, Gas Canister, a Nozzle, Solder, Flux, Pipe Cutter, a piece of Copper Pipe, Sandpaper, Rimming tool and Deburring tool. Sounds like a long list. But it is must if you would like to have a perfect leak proof joint.
It sounds a lot, but all this will cost less than $50 or may be bit more.
Soldering a copper pipe is simple and easy process. Saying this doesn’t mean, it’s a cakewalk. Yes, there is a little bit of skill required for the joint to be prefect.
Soldering a vertical piece of copper joint need different skill set than the horizontal one.
If the joint ‘s not soldered perfectly, it will Leake.
Its always a good idea to practice couple of times before you actually do so.
For those who are not handy or aren’t from the old school and want to make use of new technologies. There is a trend of using shark bite fittings. These are just push and fit knd if arrangement. The whole process doesn’t take more than 10 minutes for a single leak repair.
Just mark where the Leake is and cut that portion with pipe cutter, measure the length to be taken out, sand off the pipe edges and insert the shark bite connector in between.
Yes that’s all one need to do.
These new types if connectors have the same life and are easily available in hardware stores.
These are less messey and easy to install.
Here is an example of shark bite in use on hot water tank.