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SharkBite 1/2 in. x 500 ft. Red PEX Pipe

SharkBite PEX is a cross-linked polyethylene tubing best suited for potable water supply application. PEX Pipe is durable, flexible and corrosion resistant. SharkBite PEX features a repeating SharkBite imprint pattern that provides a visual aid to help you determine whether the tube has been fully inserted when using the SharkBite push-fit fitting range. In addition to Potable Water Supply SharkBite PEX meets UL Standard for Plastic Piping in Fire Systems.
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What are the manufacturer's requirements for underground installation?

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SciKat
Tucson, AZ
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December 14, 2014
We want to use 3/4 white pex pipe to replace our underground water line from the meter to the house. Our code allows pex, but says we have to make sure to follow the manufacturer's installation guidelines. What are they? What prep do we need to do for laying the pipe?
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December 15, 2014
PEX is certified for underground burial without any further requirements. Some people with harsh soil environments place the PEX pipe in PVC or a corrugated sleeve to protect the pipe.
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I'm running pex through a garage. Can I cover the exposed portion with duct tape instead of insulation to provide low cost UV protection?

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Reggie
York, PA
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December 5, 2014
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December 5, 2014
We do not recommend duct tape be wrapped on PEX pipe because the adhesives can deteriorate the pipe and cause damage. The best options are to paint the pipe with an exterior paint, this will provide the UV Protection needed, insulate the pipe with pipe insulation, or run the pipe through a corrugated plastic sleeve to protect it.

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Can I run Pex inside an ABS pipe for underground use?

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Bobo
WA
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November 27, 2014
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December 1, 2014
Although PEX is rated for direct burial/ underground use, you could run the PEX inside ABS.
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Can Pex pipe be used for LP Gas at 10psi or less?

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Bustem
North Carolina
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October 19, 2014
Looking at a run of about 140 feet.
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SharkBite Support
October 22, 2014
SharkBite PEX is only approved for use on water applications.
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SharkBiteProductExpert
November 11, 2014
No SharkBite PEX Pipe is certified for Potable Water Applications only. Search CSST on Home Depot.com and you will find a range of pipe and fittings suitable for your application.
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How do you protect PEX From UV light from the sun.

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Goose
Orange california
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October 16, 2014
I need to replace my water line from the meter to the house. If I can use PEX how do I protect that portion that comes out of the ground and attaches to the house piping?
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October 20, 2014
The best way to protect the PEX from UV rays is foam insualtion.
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I just installed PEX in a total house re-pipe. Tenant now says water smells and taste like plastic! What can be done to remove smell and taste?

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TonyBaloney
California
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August 11, 2014
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November 11, 2014
With all new piping systems there is a chance there could be a small odor or taste initially. This usually goes away within a few days.
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If pex tubing is used to protect a wire on the surface in a salt marsh environment, will it survive the uv?

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olmariner
southport, nc
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September 22, 2014
I live in north carolina on a salt marsh.
Burying a wire for a dog fence is difficult at best. I am considering laying a wire on the surface protected by pex tubing. But I don't know what the sun and salt will do to the pex.
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September 24, 2014
No, it will not. SharkBite PEX tubing only has a 30 day max exposure time limit to UV rays. We recommend it not be exposed at all to UV rays at it ruins the integrity of the pipe.
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can this tubing be used to supply hot water to the house from a standard gas water heater I see that it is rated at 180 degrees

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hankster
about 1/2 in. x 500 ft. Red PEX Pipe on
September 11, 2014
need to replace from galvanized to copper
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SharkBite Support
September 15, 2014
Yes, Our PEX tubing has a maximum rating of 200 degrees F.
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SharkBiteProductExpert
November 11, 2014
Yes it can be used for Hot Water Supply.
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What is the significance of the different colors?

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Doobie
Erie, PA
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September 9, 2014
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SharkBite Support
September 15, 2014
Red, white and blue are all the same pipe and are made to help the consumer differentiate between hot and cold lines if they so choose. The orange pipe is oxygen barrier PEX and is used on hydronic heating systems.
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SharkBiteProductExpert
November 11, 2014
The colors are so you can differentiate Hot/Cold Lines if you wish to do so. All three colors Red, White, Blue are the exact same product color being the only difference.
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What additional parts are needed to use this for a refrigerator ice maker?

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JohnW
Long Valley, NJ
about 1/2 in. x 500 ft. Red PEX Pipe on
September 8, 2014
The refrigerator requires a 1/4" compression fitting. The supply line has a 3/8" male NPT.
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JohnW
Long Valley, NJ
September 9, 2014
Never mind - I went to the store yesterday and got the answer. The 1/4 in. PEX pipe is very different from the smaller tubing that uses a 1/4 in. compression fitting. (I THINK the PEX is 1/4" ID whereas the refrigerator line is 1/4" OD.) The salesman talked me into just using copper tubing, which I will do. I had wanted to avoid copper due to the risk of breakage, and wanted to avoid PVC since it makes the water and ice cubes taste like plastic, so PEX seemed like a good alternative. But it would have required a huge collection of fittings to be able to get the PEX to fit on the 1/4" compression fitting, so I decided it wasn't worth the trouble.

p.s. There was an error in the original question. The supply valve doesn't use a 3/8" male NPT, it uses a 1/4" compression fitting, the same as on the back of the refrigerator.
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SharkBite Support
September 10, 2014
You should not need any additional parts as the SharkBite ice maker kit comes with all of tools needed.
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Why does the Blue pex cost $9.90 more than the Red? They are the same product!

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Cope
Princeton, Maine
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September 5, 2014
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SharkBite Support
September 8, 2014
You would have to contact Home Depot and ask them. We here at the manufacturer do not set the retail prices for Home Depot. These two products are sold at a wholesale price to Home Depot at the same cost.
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Trying to plan ahead with a failing water line.

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daylily12
Spotsylvania VA
about 1/2 in. x 500 ft. Red PEX Pipe on
August 25, 2014
My water line from the meter to my house is that brittle blue stuff that is now failing. I had a leak in January right at the water meter and managed to repair it, but given the nature of this pipe, I wonder if it can happen again. The portion that was repaired is under a flower bed; the rest of the pipe runs under a concrete driveway.
First question: is the pipe adequately protected by the driveway to not fail again?
Second question: In case it might, I want to run a line around the driveway to minimize the amount of concrete that needs to be torn up. My plan is to lay in a course of 1"PEX, capping it off at both ends and refilling the ditch [which has already been dug to requirements thanks to conscripted teenage labor.] This way if the pipe fails again, all that would be necessary would be to uncap the PEX, connect it to the meter and complete the connection to the house. does his make sense? it seems silly to refill the ditch if there's a chance it may need to be re-dug for a future break.
Third question: If I do this, how should I cap the ends to prevent dirt from entering the PEX?
thanks!
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SharkBiteProductExpert
November 11, 2014
My suggestion would be to go ahead with your future plan and replace the blue pipe with 1" PEX to prevent having to re-work in the future.
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September 4, 2014
In all of my years I have never had a water supply line that is coming to the house fail, then again I didn't have PEX outside. You may want to consult with your village building inspector for suggestions, or check with a licensed plumber. Codes can vary city to city and state by state.
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Bullmeat
Montrose, CO
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December 14, 2014
YOu could use hard copper into the house and sharkbite PEX onto it. Out of both the sun and the cold.

I would have done that in the ifrst place, but this is colorado and ZERO is a 60-day winter normal morning temp here.
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can i use blue pex in cement

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1970ez
norway mi.
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August 21, 2014
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August 25, 2014
SharkBite blue PEX can be used and submerged in cement. Please include a protective sleeve around the PEX when entering or exiting the concret slab.
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SharkBiteProductExpert
November 11, 2014
Yes you can use all SharkBite PEX in Cement. Blue, Red, White PEX are all the exact same pipe the coloring is just to allow users to easily identify Hot/Cold Lines.
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Underground Use

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KissieSteve
Pennsylvania
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July 25, 2014
Is this rated for underground use?
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November 11, 2014
All SharkBite PEX is rated for underground and behind the wall use.
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IS YOUR PEX PIPE PEX A OR PEX B ?????

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TERRY
FORT LAUDERDALE
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July 25, 2014
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SharkBite Support
July 28, 2014
The common SharkBite PEX that comes in colors red, white, or blue is PEX B. Our orange oxygen barrier PEX for radiant heating is PEX C.
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SharkBiteProductExpert
November 11, 2014
PEX B
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Can this be used for installation of a water heater? (Residential)

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Humbug
Littleton, CO
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July 10, 2014
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SharkBiteProductExpert
Atlanta, GA
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July 16, 2014
Yes it can! SharkBite PEX Pipe is rated to 200 deg. We offer PEX in Red, White and Blue for Potable Water Applications. The Red and Blue will help you differentiate between hot and cold lines, I'd also recommend using SharkBite Water Heater Connectors, simply thread the FIP end onto the MIP connection on the Water Heater and push the other end onto your 3/4" PEX Pipe.
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is pex compatibul with oil lines to burner

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corky
nj
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June 17, 2014
am hooking up out side tank for oil burner and would like 2 use pex if it is doable
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SharkBite Support
June 18, 2014
SharkBite PEX is only rated and certified for potable water or water with up to a 100% glycol mixture.
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Can PEX be used for under ground supply.

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Duck
Sullivan Il
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June 13, 2014
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SharkBiteProductExpert
Atlanta, GA
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June 16, 2014
Yes, PEX can be buried and used for your main supply line.
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Can we install this line in attic?

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RAJA
Moore,Oklahoma
about 1/2 in. x 500 ft. Red PEX Pipe on
June 10, 2014
Is this water line can freeze or burst during the winter month in Oklahoma? I am installing this line for to supply water in Refrigerator.
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SharkBiteProductExpert
Atlanta, GA
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June 10, 2014
This PEX can be installed in the attic. Just like any other pipe, there is no guarantee that it will not freeze or burst when exposed to freezing temperatures.
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What is the weight of the 500' coil?

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queenbee
Chiloquin, Oregon
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June 3, 2014
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June 4, 2014
The SharkBite PEX 500 foot coil is approximately 52 pounds.
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