how to remove a propress fitting
ProPress fittings are a type of press-to-connect plumbing fittings commonly used for joining copper pipes without soldering. To remove a ProPress fitting, you’ll need a ProPress tool, which is designed for both installation and removal of these fittings. Here are the steps to remove a ProPress fitting:
Tools and materials you will need:
- ProPress removal tool (usually a jaw attachment for your ProPress tool)
- Safety gloves and goggles
- Pipe cutter or tubing cutter (optional)
- Replacement ProPress fitting (if necessary)
- Ensure Safety: Put on safety gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes.
- Cut the Pipe (if needed): If the ProPress fitting is in a location where you can’t slide it off the pipe easily, you may need to cut the pipe on one or both sides of the fitting. Use a pipe cutter or tubing cutter to make clean, straight cuts. Leave enough pipe length on each side to attach a new ProPress fitting, if required.
- Prepare the ProPress Tool: Attach the ProPress removal tool (the appropriate jaw attachment) to your ProPress tool according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure it’s securely in place.
- Position the ProPress Tool: Position the ProPress tool and the removal tool jaw over the ProPress fitting you want to remove. Ensure that the jaw is centered and aligned with the fitting.
- Engage the ProPress Tool: Activate the ProPress tool according to the manufacturer’s instructions to engage the removal tool jaw with the fitting. This typically involves pressing a trigger or using a lever to apply pressure.
- Release the ProPress Fitting: The ProPress tool will exert force on the fitting, causing it to release its grip on the pipe. You may hear a click or feel a release of pressure when this happens.
- Slide Off the Fitting: Once the fitting is released, carefully slide it off the pipe. Be cautious, as there may still be some residual pressure or hot water inside if it’s a hot water line.
- Inspect and Prepare for Reinstallation: Inspect the removed ProPress fitting for any damage or defects. If the fitting is in good condition and you plan to reuse it, clean it thoroughly. If you’re installing a new fitting, make sure it’s the correct size and type for your application.
- Reconnect or Replace: If you cut the pipe, use a new ProPress fitting to reconnect the pipes. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation, which typically involves cleaning the pipe ends, inserting the fitting, and using the ProPress tool to secure it in place.
- Test for Leaks: Turn on the water supply and check for any leaks at the newly installed or reconnected ProPress fitting. Make any necessary adjustments or repairs if leaks are detected.
Removing a ProPress fitting requires the right tools and knowledge of the ProPress system. If you’re not experienced with ProPress fittings, or if the fitting is in a complex or critical location, it’s recommended to seek the assistance of a licensed plumber or a professional who is experienced with ProPress installations and removals.