How to Remove PVC Pipe from Fitting
If you need to replace a damaged PVC pipe or simply want to rearrange your plumbing system it may be necessary to remove a PVC pipe from a fitting. However removing a PVC pipe from a fitting is not as easy as pulling it out. You’ll need the right tools techniques to do it properly. So here’s a step-by-step guide on how to remove PVC pipe from a fitting.
Before you start working on removing the PVC pipe from the fitting you’ll need a few tools such as:
– A hacksaw
– Sandpaper or emery cloth
– Channel lock pliers
– Heat gun or hair dryer (optional)
1. Determine the Type of Fitting: PVC fittings come in different varieties such as slip threaded glued fittings. Each type requires a different approach when removing the pipe. Slip fittings are designed to slide onto the pipe may require heat to loosen the connection. Threaded fittings have threads that screw onto the pipe need to be unscrewed. Glued fittings are bonded to the PVC pipe with PVC cement require careful removal to prevent damaging them.
2. Cut the PVC Pipe: Use a hacksaw to cut the PVC pipe close to the fitting. Be careful not to cut too close to the fitting as this may damage the fitting. If the pipe is stuck you may need to score the pipe where it meets the fitting to make it easier to cut.
3. Sthe End of the Pipe: Use sandpaper or emery cloth to remove any burrs or edges from the cut end of the PVC pipe. This will help prevent leaks when connecting a new pipe.
4. Remove the Pipe from the Fitting: Depending on the type of fitting you’ll need to use different techniques to remove the PVC pipe:
– Slip Fitting: If the PVC pipe is stuck in a slip fitting use a heat gun or hair dryer to apply heat to the fitting. The heat will cause the PVC to expand making it easier to slide the pipe out. Use channel lock pliers to grip the end of the pipe gently twist it while pulling it out of the fitting.
– Threaded Fitting: Use channel lock pliers to grip the end of the PVC pipe gently twist it counterclockwise to unscrew it from the fitting.
– Glued Fitting: Hold the fitting in place with pliers and using a hammer chisel carefully split the fitting down the side. Be careful not to damage the pipe or other fittings.
5. Clean the Fitting: After removing the PVC pipe use a cloth or wire brush to clean the inside of the fitting of any debris or leftover cement.
Removing a PVC pipe from a fitting is not a difficult task but it does require care attention to ensure you don’t damage the fitting or create leaks. Always use the correct tools observe safety precautions to prevent injury. With patience careful execution you can remove the PVC pipe replace it with a new one.
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