SharkBite
18-In. Stainless Steel Braided Water Heater Connector, Lead-Free, 1/2 x 3/4 FIP
Model #
U3068FLEX18LF
Item #
143068
SharkBite

18-In. Stainless Steel Braided Water Heater Connector, Lead-Free, 1/2 x 3/4 FIP

18-In. Stainless Steel Braided Water Heater Connector, Lead-Free, 1/2 x 3/4 FIP is rated 2.0 out of 5 by 13.
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Model #
U3068FLEX18LF
Item #
143068

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Description
1/2 x 3/4 fip-18" stainless steel braided water heater connector, lead free, u3068flex18lf, sharkbite push-fit fittings for use with copper tubing cts, cpvc and pex, with integral tube liner included, constructed of dzr brass, certified to 200 psi and 200 degrees f, design certified to asse 1061/nsf61 standards, meets upc, ipc and cupc requirements; fittings are listed with iapmo and are certified for use on potable and hydronic water distribution, certified for underground applications and as a manufactured joint without the need for access panel.
  • Lightning fast, won't let go
  • Easy installation, fast disassembly
  • Use on wet or dry repairs
  • No solder, clamps, unions or glue needed
Specifications
Specifications
SKU143068
Weight0.600000
UPC00697285604575
Country of OriginAU
Package Width1.25
Package Length18.0
Package Height1.25
Model NumberU3068FLEX18LF
BrandSharkBite
Assembled Width1.25
Assembled Length18.0
Assembled Height1.25
Manufacturer NameSHARKBITE/CASH ACME
California Residents Proposition 65Warning: This product can expose you to chemicals including lead which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Failed after 9 months We installed a new water heater and the plumber used the sharkbite quick connectors. We needed to turn the temperature up on the water heater to 140° so that it would flow through the house. The shark bite connection then began to fail and sent small rubber pieces throughout the water system. We replaced both of the shark bites with straight copper connections.
Date published: 2022-03-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rubber in my water I got a new water heater installed by a plumber 8 months ago and he used this shark bite hose. This hose is already breaking down. I replaced my shower head filter today and found large deposits of rubber. Other people here claimed years of use before this issue would arise and some said this company fixed the issue in 2013. It’s 2021 and I can tell you this issue is not fixed and is now leaving rubber residue on my family when they shower and on the dishes I wash!
Date published: 2021-12-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from poor long term performance After the fact review: I used these braided connectors for my water heater in 2011. The installation was easy and there were no leaks however the interior of the lines failed and contaminated my entire hot water heater and hot water supply to the home with black residue from the inside rubber lining. A plumber alerted me to the issue which he had seen before. I had to replace the water heater in 2017 and used the sharkbite stainless corrugated lines and am hoping to be able to flush my system. This is a warning to anyone thinking of using braided lines: Don't.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works, then you get black rubber pieces in tub. Easy to install, worked for a couple years. Then gf tried to take a bath and a bunch of black rubber stuff came out of the faucet, then all the other faucets with the hot water side. Traced it back to the shark bite connection from hot water heater. Replaced with 2 corrugated steel lines, but I replaced the black rubber washer with 2 red ones (supposedly for high water temps, as the Home Depot Employee stated). First time over tightened and blew out the 2 washers, replaced and didn't tighten down as much and seems to be leak free.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from deteriorating water heater supply line [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I used a shark bite supply line when I replaced my water heater. About 3 and 1/2 years later we had black specs filling our tub. Replaced the line with another one and now about 3 and 1/2 years later we have black specks in our tub again.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Self distucting black internal hose!!! X2 5 years old and its shedding black rubber all through the home plumbing. Find another brand or go back to good old copper
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EPDM rubber is not compatible with Chlorine Within 5 years the EPDM rubber began to breakdown and deposit soft deteriorated rubber 'bits and flecks' in bath water and in spigot strainers. Black deposits are soft and smear leaving greasy streak. City water treated with Chlorine will break down EPDM, this kind of rubber is graded "C - fair" with respect to material compatibility with Chlorine. Do not use or change out frequently if on city water. Suggest stainless steel or alternate (neoprene) type of flex product.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rubber failed I'm a contractor who installed these with new water heater in 2008 in our home. Over the last year there started to be black chunks and residue in the tub water. They would smear and coated the tub at water level. We've been showering, bathing in and cooking with whatever residue and contaminates are included in this. This is a health concern.
Date published: 2017-01-02
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