Push fit PVC plumbing connectors

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@George P. if you needed something for supply lines do work in similar settings, shark bites, or their generics will do the same thing. 

These look and seem great, but...... 

Of all the tests, I see nothing about sitting dry. I'm looking at some land with push connection pvc pipes underground that have been likely assembled using this type of assembly. I'd be in the clear if they were traditional / glue. There's a high likelihood they've dried and failed at some joints as a result. 

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@George P. - the video at that link seems to indicate use in water supply in certain situations; my supply line fixes in the past have all been either SharkBite (Home Depot) or Blue Hawk (Lowes).

@Ed O. - cast iron waste lines will tend to crack if they go dry  - it's one big thing to watch for with vacant properties. Since the push fit relies on O-rings and on the pipe remaining "sound" (not getting cracked or crushed), not sure that dry pipes would be a factor with these. You could contact the manufacturer to see if they have that data. 

BTW - when you use SharkBite to repair copper, a grounding wire is supposed to be used to bridge across the coupling with pipe clamps on the copper at each side; the SharkBite is not rated for the purpose of grounding continuity (at least in the USA). See links:

http://www.inspectionnews.net/home_inspection/elec...

https://www.nachi.org/forum/f19/sharkbite-fittings...

http://jerrypeck.com/IFCN/2015-01%20IFCN/2015-01%2...

http://www.buellinspections.com/dont-let-your-shar...

Caution - Check with your local codes.  Many of the products sold at Home Depot are not code compliant.  Installation of non-compliant material is considered defective material. 

Go to your local town, city, or village website and obtain code info. Talk to your contractor or even better, hire an engineer :)

Audubon uses IPC 2009.

605.22.1 Mechanical joints. Mechanical joints on water pipe shall be made with an elastomeric seal conforming to ASTM D 3139. Mechanical joints shall not be installed in above-ground systems unless otherwise approved. Joints shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

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