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Posted: 06/25/12 09:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am trying to replace 2 connectors from the fresh water system.
I cannot find replacement part anywhere!
it seems to be 1/2 inch PEX (see link)


any ideas?

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Home Depot ask for Shark Bites.


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thanks, I asked at home depot. they didn't seem to know what it was. the pin drains water below when pulled, is it some sort of pressure valve?

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They are low point drains for your cold and hot water lines


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That's just a drain valve. It looks like they used an inline "T" type valve, but didn't really require the outlet, so they sealed it. If you don't ever use the valve to drain the system, you can remove the cap from the outlet end of that valve and remove the short piece of pipe and cap of the fitting before.
It looks like you have the old flared pb pipe- if the fittings are OK, brass flair fittings will fit, but you have to be gentle.


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thank you for all the responses, I think I'll just get rid of it and cap it.

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Jtel is correct, as of course is Chris ( bless you sir, you have saved me a LOT of trouble in the past! )
I wouldn't snip and cap, you would never be able to completely winterize without jeapordizing an already aged plastic line. Consider a sharkbite (Lowe's calls them Gatorbite) ball valve and a bit of tubing through the foamed area for drainage.
And thanks for bringing this up. my cold water side is major pain to open when I winterize/dewinterize and I keep meaning to do something about it. I will be following my own advice.

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