I had a valve inside the house that started leaking steadily that I couldn't isolate so I had to figure out a way to fix it quickly this weekend. The valve was the inside shutoff for the front yard hose bib-1960s era 1/2" sweated brass valve. I tried to take the valve apart to replace the washers and packing first, but the valve stem basically disintegrated when I tried to take it apart. Now I was left with a busted valve that leaked worse and the water shut off to the entire house. I DIY a lot of things, but there are certain skills that have escaped me over the years, like sweating copper. I really do need to practice, but this was not the time. The valve was tucked inside a joist bay surrounded by wiring. I did a little Googling and found the Sharkbite fittings (I used a ball valve to replace the old boiler drain type valve) and I have to say, it really is as easy as it looks. I kind of doubted the thing would hold pressure once I got it on, but lo and behold it does. I could definitely see a lot more uses for these things around the house (the plumbing in our house, is well, interesting...), but they are pricey. Anyway, just thought I'd throw it out there. Between their ease of use with copper and the fact that you can join them to pex as well it makes me want to do my own gasser install!