DIY How To Install Copper To Pex Shower and Bath Plumbing



what we're using differed from copper to PEX as a sharkbite connector and this is what I was mentioning it's like a Chinese finger puzzle so the more pressure is on you know instilled in this connection the stronger at holes now we can generally just stick it right on the copper and shove it down and create the connection but before you do you want to take some sand cloth clean your fish just to make sure that you don't have any burrs because or any solder bumps like this if they don't have a nice smooth connection it will leak you just set it on there and then just give it a push now that's locked in place I set it on nice little twist and a push locked in place now we're going to take our pecs we just want to rough measure up to where this is the claim so today we're gonna find out if it's true basically we have here is there's water intake that are designed for pecks that reduces the amount of work that we have to do and then there's two outs one is for the tub and one goes to the showerhead it'll work with a physical diverter on the outside on the shower tub typical thing and pulled the trigger stops the water backs up comes out the showerhead so this is kind of system we're going to use that's what we do is we use this wonderful plumbers paste and we put it on the threads so in order to prep for our valve we need to flaunt tape we're gonna do a few runs on the threads so basically when it comes to plumbing there's outside diameter and inside diameter of the pipes what we're dealing with this all 1/2 inch outside diameter and the reason that's important this goes in you go shopping they'll be different sizes 1/2 inch 3/4 and so when you're dealing with most water supply the copper pipes in the house are half-inch if it's all modern it's still half-inch but it'll be in plastic piping if you go to 3/4 supply traditionally that is a much larger volume of water sometimes people use that on the hot water going to their their tub if they have a large volume they want to fill but traditionally 1/2 inches all you get so we're gonna put this on here just hand tighten these and then we'll get the wrench out and then we'll finish that off now it's not really necessary to use teflon and plumber's paste a lot of guys will just use you know in just the teflon or just the face but since it doesn't hurt I use both unfortunately there's a lot of products manufactured overseas nowadays and then you find in my experience doing warranty work that a lot of times there's not really a problem with anything except for the fact that it's just not manufactured up to snuff and nowadays manufacturers don't seem to worry about quality control coming off the assembly line they just replace something when it doesn't work so with that in mind a little overkill and making sure your compression fittings organization secure it's probably a good idea because the net effect of something not working there's a flood or destroying your ceiling possibly your flooring and all they're gonna do is giving you a brand-new free 79 cent fixture who cares about their 79 cents traditionally on the back it'll have markings it'll have cold hot up and down and that tells you which way to install it pretty simple so we mark the center line on the wall and you place your fixture against your two-by-four and use a couple of short screws mount it now this product here is the Sherlock range blah blah blah clear half inch rings which is half-inch diameter the outside of the pipe which is the same as the copper has the plastic these rings as we take that we just slide it over the pipe and we place them on our fixture we put this ring within a quarter inch of the end that way we're clamping down on one of the Rings on the brass okay we want to have pressure in between these rings and that's where you get your fit so we just simply push this on crimp them together this takes a little bit of force make sure you close the tool entirely and then from there all we do is we cut back our water supply where we want it put on the other rings slide them over the top take our elbow as you can see the advantages to all of this are really quite obvious it's rather quick and when I'm done crimping this together we're finished with the water supply we can test it right away so the tools that we're using here don't require a whole lot of skill just a couple of simple crimps the average homeowner can do this without any difficulty a cutting tool for the pipe and decent ability to measure and you've got modern plumbing a downside is is you have to rely on your ability to crimp this to the exact depth that it holds the water pressure back and not too close not too far away that you get a proper seal and by the looks of it there is room for manufacturer defect that they sew the crimp ring doesn't grab properly it could break loose so we'll have to wait until we do a water test to find out if it all holds together seven eight where's my Center the next step here is to install a tub spout and it operates just the same concept as the other we want to just take our packs measure the depth of it take our pack X cutting tool magic up so you don't crush the pipe put your ring on each end first now for the showerhead extension we're going to put the ring on then attach what we call a drop ear I don't know the story behind why it's called the drop here I'm sure it's fascinating it's definitely a it's basically just a threaded brass fixture you've built in mountain quartz here to put the screws in set up the hate that we want measure here with our eyes cut the tube put on the ring stick it on there just for our quarter inch gap here creep 14:07 days so as you can see we have a brand new shower belt with a tub spout there's a showerhead spoke hole plastic pipes crimp rings brass fittings sharkbite connection and this has enabled us to convert from an old system to a brand new system without the use of any torch or soldering or any special skills no need to hire a licensed plumber and we're good to go the advantage of this system is that it's safe it holds the water back and anybody can do this so in the end I give sharp sharkbite an A+ for home users the only downside is the cost if you're gonna use this on a regular basis you might want to learn how to do traditional plumbing with a torch but if you're doing a home renovation or a simple upgrade the $10 a fitting is worth the money because 10 $20 and I can switch over to plastic plumbing and I don't need to hire a plumber and then in about 20 minutes fantastic

24 Comments

  • yuriy kisiletskiy

    April 15, 2019

    This is to every homeowner watching this disaster and thinking I’m going to go and install a new shower body just like this bozo is doing …STOP DONT DO IT!! DO NOT use shark bite fittings inside a finished wall I guarantee you it will leak over time ..short period of time especially on hot water due to expansion and contraction and dry rotting of the rubber gaskets inside those fittings ..they are not made to be installed inside a finished tiled wall

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  • 962pepo

    April 15, 2019

    The only thing I will change from this job is not using the sharks fitting inside the walls if is my job I will do it under the house or in the attic area, good job..

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  • Kevin Larkin

    April 15, 2019

    Scab

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  • Jen Pine

    April 15, 2019

    Does anybody know what model valve is this?

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  • Carlos Montoya

    April 15, 2019

    Agree on the improper use of the pliers

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  • Tom Steger

    April 15, 2019

    Fantastic video! Thank you so much!

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  • luckeychuckey70

    April 15, 2019

    nice video, but using channel locks backwards 3:58

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  • Nick Merritt

    April 15, 2019

    A drop ear…..???? It's called a F,I,P 90. This guy isnt serious….

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  • JHV00

    April 15, 2019

    Is it possible to over tighten the pex clamps? can they break if they are over tightened?

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  • 501jonesw

    April 15, 2019

    Quick and Simple,,, but wouldn't that copper pipe add a bit of rigidity to the shower head? With PEX I'd think there would be chance for that "Drop Ear" fitting to work loose over time enough to pull away from the stud. Think about the leverage of the shower head and even more leverage if there's a shower water filter installed between the head and the wall.

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  • EPHS

    April 15, 2019

    The best video I have found in this. Question: We moved into a house where the plumber installed red shutoff handles along the lines (one leads to a bathroom sink, the other to the shower). These appear to be for hot water but it’s hard to tell. There is a clicking noise in the wall when using the hot water. Why would a plumber install shutoff valves for these? It seems strange. Thanks!

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  • Yikan Zhang

    April 15, 2019

    I am just curious if its okay to use PEX for shower head , cuz there was a warning from Homedepot saying "NEVER
    USE PEX for shower head

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  • Lord Cromwell

    April 15, 2019

    WTF forget that. Just solder copper and do it right. That is a leak in the making. PVC life is like 15 years before you need to replace it. Copper is like 30 years or something. IF you are going to move maybe a quick fix but I know leaks all too well. Freaking every pipe gets old or something and needs the wall cut out or floor jacked. Just do it the long hard way. Herd about that Pex and stuff.. Leaks are no joke kids…

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  • JerseyGarage

    April 15, 2019

    Whats all the ruckus about pex and push fits? I work for a plumbing supply (wont say the name but its big blue for anybody who knows which one im talking about) and never have i had any customer tell me about a failure of pex and or sharkbites (WHEN INSTALLED CORRECTLY).

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  • Bruce Miller

    April 15, 2019

    Turn channel locks around

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  • Carlos Gomes

    April 15, 2019

    thanks a lot teacher helps a lot of people

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  • Kev

    April 15, 2019

    I've got to laugh at all the idiots moaning about push fits. PEX and push fits are good . Sweating copper is behind the times. People hate on them because it's easy and anyone with any sense can do it.

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  • Mark Campbell

    April 15, 2019

    Good stuff…thank you for sharing….

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  • redcruben

    April 15, 2019

    Why do most plumbers put PTF tape on compression joints with olives?

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  • Miguel Ángel

    April 15, 2019

    Exelent

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  • Josh B

    April 15, 2019

    Question…what's the "twist" for? Sharkbite doesn't require a twist, just a push. A good watch though, well done.

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  • Syed

    April 15, 2019

    Hi, is adding a water hammer arrestor a good idea?

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  • Joe Cox

    April 15, 2019

    Shower valve is very nice? model#? Use push-in coupling in wall might violate code?

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  • dotthis71

    April 15, 2019

    I am a plumber I think this video gives people terrible advice. I would never use sharkbite behind a wall. It is a loose connection and the first fitting should be a copper to pex connector. Now I wouldn't use sharkbite but in a pinch I can see how it can be useful but only in application like an unfinished basement where the fitting is accessible. Plus it is painful to watch him put on Teflon tape with the roll facing the wrong way plus tightened the pex adapter with the channel locks facing the wrong way. Just because you get by with something doesn't mean it is the correct way to do it. Lastly you don't put in a showerbody before you install the tub.

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