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How to Remove Pex Fittings

People get in a hurry when crimping PEX fittings, which leads to some common mistakes. Among the most common mistakes are using scratched or scarred pipe, failing to hold the crimp tool at the proper 90-degree angle and making a crooked cut in the pipe.

Things You Will Need

  • PVC pipe cutter
  • Crimp ring removal tool
  • Pliers

People get in a hurry when crimping PEX fittings, which leads to some common mistakes.  Among the most common mistakes are using scratched or scarred pipe, failing to hold the crimp tool at the proper 90-degree angle and making a crooked cut in the pipe.

The crimp ring removal tool, designed to aid in salvaging costly PEX fitting, is easy to use.  Learning how to use the tool takes only minutes, and is well worth the time.

  1. Cut off the bad crimp joint as close to the fitting as possible with a pair of PVC pipe cutters.
  2. Insert the lower jaw of the removal tool into the PEX fitting until the tool’s cutting blade covers the whole ring.
  3. Squeeze the tool’s handles together until you hear a click. The click indicates that it made the cut.
  4. Rotate the fitting 90 degrees and make another cut. Make two more cuts, turning the fitting each time.
  5. Pull the pipe and PEX crimp ring off the fitting by hand; in some cases, you may need to use pliers.
  6. Tip

    Insert the removal tool into the fitting with the cutting blade to the outside.

    Warning

    Use caution when using the removal tool to avoid finger injuries.

Things You Will Need

  • PVC pipe cutter
  • Crimp ring removal tool
  • Pliers

Tip

  • Insert the removal tool into the fitting with the cutting blade to the outside.

Warning

  • Use caution when using the removal tool to avoid finger injuries.

About the Author

Kelly Schuler is both a writer and a plumber. He self published "Plumbing Do's and Dont's" in 1999. Schuler has been a licensed plumbing and gas-fitting contractor since 2001 and a licensed journeyman plumber since 1986. He actively owned and operated his own plumbing and gas fitting business from 2001 to 2008.