Hi All -
I have a question on what the pro's think of Shark Bite valves and fittings? I can assume most pro's probably hate them, being that they are unconventional, and make it so easy for DIY'ers to do plumbing themselves - however being that I am on a strict budget, and can not afford a plumber this time around, I was hoping for some objectional advice and opinions on these. As unpregidous as possible.
Anyway - I am faced with replacing the 2 master shutoff water valves in my mother in law's home, right by the water meter in the basement. Both the street side valve and the house side valves.
Though i have used compression valves plenty of times in the past, and also can sweat (kind of good) - I was hoping the shark bite valves in thsi case, would be great to use, so I can get them replaced quickly, while the city waits for me so they can turn the water back on in the street at the curb.
And thereby getting it al done quick, and with very minimal inconvenience to me and the residents of the household, etc.
I used a shark bite fitting once before in my own home, and surprisingly, I was amazed that it actually worked.
But I am not sure if using one on the main water shutoff would be wize or not? Do they hold up and last as long as conventional valves would?
Also, I am not sure if shark bite vlaves, although the body is mostly brass like conventional vlaves, will conduct electricity like a conventional valve does. Being that the main water line, is how the whole house is being grounded with.
I looked closely at one of the shark bite valves (3/4" ball valve), and I can't be sure that the "circuit" will NOT be broken by the plastic and steel push fitting on each end??
Thanks in advance.