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How to Install a Water Shut Off Valve (9 Minutes!!)

Today you’ll learn how to install a water shut off valve…and do it in record time.

If there’s ever a time to freak out it’s during a water leak.

They lead to damaged drywall, mold, etc etc.

Nasty stuff can happen as a result.

Shut off valves can help prevent this from happening.

Let’s dive in!

SharkBite Shutoffs

I LOVE SharkBites shut off valves!

They simply push on and that’s it.

Sharkbite Shut Off Valve

There are a few steps but not many.

Here are the supplies you need

By the way, this old bathroom I’m working on…I’m gonna show you all the ins and outs of the remodel.

Stay tuned.

How to Install a Water Shut Off Valve

First step, turn off the water to your house.

Usually the water main will be in a basement or garage.

Then drain your home at the lowest point.

Usually this is a laundry tub, outdoor spigot, or kitchen faucet.

Plan where you’ll place the shut off valve.

Then cut copper pipe with an AutoCut tool.

Autocut for copper pipe

I love this little tool.

It’s great for tight spaces and slices through copper in 7-10 revolutions.

Deburr the inside of your copper pipe.

Deburr copper pipe

When you cut copper pipes you create a little lip.

This needs to be removed otherwise the SharkBite fitting may not work.

Use either the SharkBite Depth Tool or a Ridgid No. 15 pipe cutter or a utility knife.

Deburr with Utility Knife

Clean the inside and first 1 inch of the copper pipe using a cleaning tool/brush

Copper pipe cleaning brush

Emery cloth also is great for cleaning the first 1 inch.

Emery Cloth

Place the SharkBite depth tool on copper pipe and make a mark 1 inch from the edge.

Sharkbite Depth Tool

Now all you have to do is slide the SharkBite water shut off valve onto the pipe.


You’re done.

Well, almost done.

The final step is to test your work by slowly turning the water back on.

If all is good, you should have no leaks.

If for some reason you do have a leak, you can turn the water off and slide the SharkBite off the pipe.

I show you how to do this in my video…by the way, the house in the video was my very first rental ever.

We’ve had it for 12 years and it’s been a journey, let me tell you, haha.

What’s Next

SharkBites are great for showers with access or vanities or toilets.

If you’re doing a bathroom remodel and need help, join one of our online courses – they’ll make your bathroom renovation much easier!

Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help.



SharkBite Shutoff Valves for Shower