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    Dollar General plumbing hack




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    may be a hack... may not be. what's it for?
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    Hot water heater, electric. Look at the chip taken out of the pvc female adapter. Why didn't he just attach the sharkbyte to the pvc? Plus, I would never put a brass male threaded fitting to a female plastic fitting, with dope and Teflon added to the threads? Good way to split that female fitting


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    Quote Originally Posted by n-e-w Jerz! View Post
    Hot water heater, electric. Look at the chip taken out of the pvc female adapter. Why didn't he just attach the sharkbyte to the pvc? Plus, I would never put a brass male threaded fitting to a female plastic fitting, with dope and Teflon added to the threads? Good way to split that female fitting


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    Correct me if I'm wrong, Shark bites won't fit over sch. 40 pvc, a threaded fitting must be used. I have had to use this several times in my area. It seemed to work. No problems reported to me yet


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    if it's from the relief valve of a hot water tank you're missing the bigger problem and focusing on minutia...

    (minutia)

    - chips are ugly, but they dont necessarily mean a failure (there's little to no pressure on a relief line that will likely never be used)
    - sometimes tape and dope are REQUIRED to make a seal. I had this in a Cuno/3M water filter housing the other day. It was a b1tch to fix after it was all installed

    (major)

    - pex is not approved to be a relief line because it and the fittings reduce the size of the outlet of the relief valve



    the type of the water heater has no bearing on the conversation
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    Quote Originally Posted by a4s_hvac View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, Shark bites won't fit over sch. 40 pvc, a threaded fitting must be used.
    you are correct
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    This whole thing would not pass in my area.
    Has to be copper all the way.

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    It's not the relief. It's the cold water feed. And sharkbyte wills leave over sch.40


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    I'm with Jerz. Never use a Female adapter on PVC pipe. It's not strong enough and will likely split when you screw something into it. Male adapters are stronger and don't have this problem. If you absolutely have to have female threads on your PVC pipe, use a male adapter and then something like a brass coupling on top of that.
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    Kind of expensive way to do the entire repair, two shark bites, why not run pvc directly to the water heater? Pex is right up there with flex duct, most who use it do so because they don't know how to pipe, just as most using flex have no idea how to run hard duct. In my area I try to steer homeowners from putting anything in their attic. If the ducting is not in the attic we used 100% sheetmetal. But I digress, pex can look good if the time is taken to attach it to the structure.
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    Didn't think PVC was approved for ANY portion of household water supply.
    This is especially true for a water heater. There is a possibility of heated water in contact with PVC and it's not rated for that.
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    Codes very in different areas, but in most areas PVC is allowed for cold water piping. CPVC can be used for cold and hot water.

    Luckily most people know that PVC and CPVC both suck, so you don't see it used very often.

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    Sharks only connect to CTS pipe like CPVC, copper and pex. PVC is IPS like galvanized and iron.

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