It’s about time The concept of push-toconnect plumbing fittings was pioneered by Reliance Worldwide, which introduced the game-changing technology in 2004 to the U.S. market via its SharkBite brand. Becoming synonymous with push-to-connect fittings, SharkBite has established itself at the forefront of this category and continues to drive new and innovative products.For an industry that prides itself on tradition, this innovative product range quickly proved that plumbers are open to a new and better way to do things when the benefit is there. Business-savvy plumbers immediately recognized the value of the time-equals-money equation and the rest, as they say, is history. When you consider the traditional nature of the plumbing business, a tendency to rely on what’s tried and true, this shift is all the more amazing. After all, plumbers understandably take great pride in their work. The ability to properly solder or flare a joint is a skill honed over time. Furthermore, with the high cost of bad plumbing and the significant liability thereof, new products and technology are naturally viewed with a skeptical eye. Yet, in the case of the push-to-connect concept, it didn’t take plumbers long to realize The benefits of the proven technology. Once they understood that push-to-connect products were certified to industry standards, the time-ismoney aspect became paramount. A plumber could exponentially increase the number of jobs done in a day and charge the same job price as the traditional labor-intensive methods.Plumbers are now experiencing these benefits in SharkBite’s newest addition, SharkBite 2XL. Traditionally, SharkBite push-to-connect products were only offered in sizes ranging from 3/8-in. To 1-in. Today, this range has been expanded to included large-bore commercial push-to-connect fittings in sizes 1 ¼-in., 1 1/2-in. And 2 in., suitable for use with copper, PEX and CPVC pipe. SharkBite 2XL has been designed for use in commercial and residential applications for potable water, hydronic heating, chilled water and general water distribution for irrigation. Thanks to the time- and laborsaving benefits, not to mention the flexibility of working with copper and PEX pipe, the market has embraced this technology. With the added assurance of disconnection technology through the innovative SharkShifter de-mount tool, any mistakes can easily be rectified.Sharkbite 2XL is certified to the same specifications as the traditional SharkBite range (200 psi and 200° F). The PEX stiffener is still required for PEX pipe connections. Where does SharkBite 2XL fit best into a contractor’s tool kit? The answer is broader than you might think. With the increasing awareness of push-toconnect technology, contractors have recognized the benefits for new construction applications on the commercial side where step-and-repeat floor plans offer opportunities for greater time efficiencies, not to mention the added benefit of quick and easy installation to the service and repair market that only SharkBite technology can offer.
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