How to Remove the Quick Connector for a Plastic Water Line

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How to Remove the Quick Connector for a Plastic Water Line
Quick connectors are easy to remove from plastic water lines. (large plastic pipes image by Yali Shi from

Used in both residential and commercial applications, plastic water lines are durable and inexpensive to install. The lines use quick connectors on each end to complete the water or other liquid connection. Available in a variety of sizes, the quick connectors also contain a washer like traditional iron and copper piping. A special wrench or other tool is not required to remove the quick connector from the plastic water line. Once removed, you can repair, replace or change the plastic water line as desired.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Rag or cloth
  • Work gloves

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  1. 1

    Turn off the water supply.

  2. 2

    Place a bucket under the section of the plastic water line containing the quick connector to catch any excess water in the plastic line.

  3. 3

    Wrap a rag or cloth around the quick connector. Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the quick connector counterclockwise from both ends of the connectors the plastic water line is attached to.

  5. 5

    Remove the plastic water line. Place the water line on a flat surface.

  6. 6

    Push down on the outer ring on both sides of the quick connectors. Pull the plastic water line out of the connectors.

  7. 7

    Lay the quick connectors to the side for later reinstallation.

Tips and warnings

  • If the quick connectors are old or caked with debris, clean the connectors in a soap solution to break up the dirt and grime.

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