How to Remove a Brass Push-to-Connect Fitting

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Brass push-to-connect plumbing fittings are an easy way to install, repair or modify tubing made from CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) or copper. The fittings work by using a combination of O-rings, grab teeth and collars to join CPVC to CPVC tubing, CPVC to copper tubing and copper-to-copper tubing. The advanced push-fit design creates a watertight seal without the need of soldering or using glue. Removing the reusable fittings requires either a disconnect clip or disconnect tongs that are designed specifically for the push-fit fittings.

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Things you need

  • Disconnect clip
  • Disconnect tongs

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    Disconnect Clip

  1. 1

    Place a disconnect clip on the tubing so that the face of the clip rests firmly against the fitting's collar.

  2. 2

    Apply firm pressure to the clip, forcing it against the release collar of the fitting.

  3. 3

    Twist and pull the applicable tubing while maintaining pressure on the disconnect clip to release the tubing from the push-fit fitting.

    Disconnect Tongs

  1. 1

    Place the disconnect tongs so that one fork is around the tubing and the other fork is around the neck of the push-fit fitting.

  2. 2

    Squeeze the disconnect tongs firmly with one hand.

  3. 3

    Twist and pull the applicable tubing with your other hand to release the tubing from the push-fit fitting.

Tips and warnings

  • After removing the push-fit fitting, examine the fitting and tubing end for damage.
  • Turn off the water supply and release any pressure on the lines by running a faucet before removing fittings.

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