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!
I LOVE SharkBites shut off valves!
They simply push on and that’s it.
There are a few steps but not many.
Here are the supplies you need
- 1/2″ SharkBite Water Shut Off Valves
- Utility Knife
- AutoCut Copper Pipe Cutter
- Emery Cloth
- Copper Pipe Cleaning Tool/Brush
- SharkBite Depth Tool
By the way, this old bathroom I’m working on…I’m gonna show you all the ins and outs of the remodel.
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.
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.
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.
Clean the inside and first 1 inch of the copper pipe using a cleaning tool/brush
Emery cloth also is great for cleaning the first 1 inch.
Place the SharkBite depth tool on copper pipe and make a mark 1 inch from the edge.
Now all you have to do is slide the SharkBite water shut off valve onto the pipe.
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.
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.