How to Remove Broken PVC Pipe From a Fitting

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How to Remove Broken PVC Pipe From a Fitting
An installed PVC fitting can be reused. (coude en pvc de 45° (2) image by Marie-Thérèse GUIHAL from Fotolia.com)

The PVC cement used to connect PVC plumbing makes it nearly impossible to remove a broken PVC pipe from a fitting without the help of a professional. A professional plumber has access to a tool that heats the area between the broken PVC pipe and the fitting. The heat causes the PVC cement to break down, freeing the broken PVC pipe. Without a professional, it is still possible to remove the broken PVC pipe from a fitting with a drill motor and a simple drill attachment that grinds the broken PVC pipe from the fitting.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • PVC pipe removal bit
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Drill motor
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Assemble the PVC pipe-removal bit. Slide the fluted grinding plate on the removal bit arbor, stack the alignment washers on the arbor and then thread the hex nut onto the threaded section of the arbor to hold the fluted grinding plate and alignment washers in place. Tighten the hex nut with the adjustable wrench to secure the assembly to the arbor. If your PVC pipe removal bit differs in construction, refer to the operating instructions enclosed with your bit for detailed assembly instructions.

  2. 2

    Center the assembled PVC pipe removal bit in the drill motor and tighten the chuck of the drill motor to hold the PVC pipe removal bit in place. It is important that the assembled bit be centred perfectly in the chuck of the drill motor, as an off-centre bit can cut into and ruin the fitting.

  3. 3

    Put on your safety glasses and gloves.

  4. 4

    Place the end of the assembled PVC pipe removal bit in the end of the broken PVC pipe. Make sure that the alignment washers are resting inside of the end of the broken PVC pipe.

  5. 5

    Pull the trigger of the drill motor while applying pressure toward the PVC fitting to grind the broken PVC pipe from the fitting.

  6. 6

    Clear the PVC shavings from the fitting with a gloved finger. The fitting is ready to receive a new piece of PVC pipe.

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