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Has anyone ever used Rain Bird (or similar) drip irrigation tubing with quick connect fittings (tees, elbows, valves, etc.), such as Sharkbite or John Guest fittings? If so, what was your experience (bad, good, otherwise)?

Those fittings are obviously much more expensive compared to the barbed fittings that Rain Bird makes, but we reconfigure some portions of our garden a lot. I've done the numbers, and if those quick fittings work technically, then some of them may be economic (and just much easier to use) for use in some of our areas. But I'd like to know if anyone has experience with them, and whether they would actually work.

BTW, I'm fully aware of the potential UV concerns. We'd take care of those through how we deploy them.

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    Are these the fittings where you push the tube on and then screw them down? If so, I find them more reliable than the barbed fittings (which tend to push off over time), and so use them despite the 3-4x cost. (not sure the drip tube manufacturer) manufacturer off hand) – winwaed Aug 12 at 18:18
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    @winwaed No, I think you're talking about standard compression fittings. Although that's not a bad idea, thanks! What I am talking about are newer proprietary fittings that you literally just stick a tube into, and they have a gasket and a biting/locking mechanism that holds things in place. They're most often used in water filter systems, or supply lines to refrigerator ice machines and such. But they come in 1/4 and 1/2 inch sizes, so it seemed like they could possibly work with the 1/4 and 1/2 in tubing sizes for drip systems. But not sure if the OD specs match up closely enough. – Emily Beth Aug 12 at 18:31
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    I'm sorry I don't know the names, at Lowes they're a different set of shelves from the explicitly irrigation parts, but not far away. I use the T-pieces and right angle bends. Everything attaches to a converted irrigation 'port' (ie. location of a former head) with a stack of parts including a pressure reducer. I'll check later to see if I have any in bags or if I can find something inline... – winwaed Aug 12 at 18:44
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    Might not be exactly the same part, but this type of thing: lowes.com/pd/… – winwaed Aug 12 at 18:47
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    Llook at the Rain Bird Easy Fit line for 1/2 tubing. While they aren't technically reusable I have managed to reuse them sometimes. They are really stable if you take the time to fully shove the pipe into the socket, otherwise they tend to jump off when you first turn the system on. Many years ago, I did use a system that had an exterior retaining ring that you could slip on/off. It worked, but they broke more frequently that I would have liked. I've also worked with the plumbing insert fittings in 3/4 poly pipe. Worked great after I started oetiker clamps, and easy/cheap to resure. – Ben Aug 12 at 19:28
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Ok, I did a field test myself. 1/2 inch Rain Bird tubing worked just fine with 1/2 inch fittings from Sharkbite and John Guest. No actual data on the 1/4 in tubing yet, but I’ll post a comment below when we have tested that.

Here’s a pic of one of the applications we used the Rain Bird tubing with a Sharkbite garden hose faucet:

Picture of Sharkbite garden hose faucet connected to Rainbird 1/2 inch tubing

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