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Reuben Saltzman

How to replace a shutoff valve the easy way: use a SharkBite®

Got a leaking shutoff valve at your sink or toilet? The repair can sometimes be a quick and easy process, thanks to SharkBite® fittings and other brands of push-fit fittings. SharkBite® isn’t the only brand, but it’s certainly the most well-known.

I made a video to show the process, assuming the water piping is copper, and the flexible supply line has already been disconnected. The process is almost identical for PEX and CPVC, but not galvanized steel pipes. Please check out the video below: https://youtu.be/GSdXAuZAO0g

If you’re not into video, here are the steps:

1. Turn the water off at the main valve for the home.

2. Open a few faucets to drain water out of the lines.

3. Cut the water line just before the shut-off valve.

4. Ream and de-bur the cut pipe end.

5. Mark the pipe for the correct depth.

6. Push the new fitting into place.

7. Turn the water back on.

Author: Reuben SaltzmanStructure Tech Home Inspections

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No responses to “How to replace a shutoff valve the easy way: use a SharkBite®”

  1. Ron Leaf
    August 7, 2018, 10:05 am

    I (a homeowner) used a SharkBite fitting for a hard to access location when moving the copper pipes in a bathroom remodel. The fitting failed to seal, and I needed a licensed plumber come in to complete the work. The plumber determined that the SharkBite fitting was defective. I submitted a claim to the company for the cost of the work, and was promptly reimbursed. The fittings are easy to use, and since the company stands behind their product, I would use them again.

  2. Tim
    August 8, 2018, 6:13 am

    Great video and explanation. I just replaced a compression shutoff valve yesterday for the first time. I’ve seen these push to connect fittings, but I couldn’t find a 1/2″ that had connections for two 3/8″ supply lines (faucet and dishwasher). So I went with the regular brass valve.

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