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Fabulous innovation for the DIYer
on November 24, 2007
This is a remarkable product that saves 10x-20x time and cost over traditional soldering techniques, is extremely simple for the DIYer, and also offers the extremely valuable added benefit of easy disassembly if you need to fix a mistake; it essentially turns many plumbing jobs into a simple tinker toy caliber project. I recently used this product for an outdoor kitchen plumbing project. I completed the needed work--which involved the use of 3 sharkbite fittings--in 20 minutes at a cost of about $35 (which included a piece of 10 ft copper pipe). An equivalent job by a professional plumber using traditional soldering techniques would have cost at least $400 and taken 2+ hours. Moreover, the real icing on the cake was: two weeks after I completed the initial work, we made a design change which required a minor change to my plumbing work. I was able to disassemble one of the shark bite connections and complete the change in about 10 minutes. If I had needed to call in a pro to re-do the work, it would have cost another $200.
This product is an example of an authentic disruptive innovation. Although I realize Cash Acme is not intending to disrupt the professional plumbing business, for basic pipe connectivity work, this product could completely obsolete traditional expensive solder-based approaches. I have noticed that Home Depot started carrying this product in mid 2007; once the word gets out, it will become extremely popular with the DIYer. The general consumer market should also become aware of this product as professionals who start to use it will realize significant time savings, and hopefully, will adjust their fees accordingly.
All that said, there is one design anomaly--I won't call it a "flaw"--in this product. And that is: unlike a soldered joint, the current design is such that the connected pipes are allowed to rotate. This may limit the application of the product or create the need to otherwise secure one or more pipes.