How should I prepare copper pipe for a quick connect fitting?

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Old 07-21-13, 10:43 AM
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How should I prepare copper pipe for a quick connect fitting?

Any tips? Just make sure it's cut straight?
 
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Old 07-21-13, 11:18 AM
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No plumber, but I would say square cut, de burred, and cleaning up the outside never hurts.
 
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Should I not lubricate the O-ring?
 
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Old 07-21-13, 03:46 PM
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What "quick connect" are you using? Shark bite? Union? What "o" ring? Are you soldering it? More information would be helpful.
 
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Agree with Woody, just make sure it's cut square and is deburred. If you're using a push-on fitting like a SharkBite, mark the pipe an inch in to make sure it's pushed in all the way. The only way I've seen one fail so far is when the pipe wasn't inserted far enough.
 
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I'm using the Watts brand tee and Watts brand ball valve (John guest type).

Question about deburring: since all i have is a copper pipe cutting tool, when I cut the pex with it, there is a little raised section on the inside. The outside is fine. Do I have to worry about burrs on the inside since the O-ring goes over the pipe?

I tried filing it off with a nail file but I didn't like the results. If anyone wants to give me tips on how to cut pex that'd be awesome! I dont want to buy the cutting tool since I just need only a few cuts.

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Old 07-22-13, 04:12 AM
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You don't cut pex with a pipe cutter. Cut it with tubing cutters with a handle. I have never used the Watts for anything but 1/4 refrigerator lines. I have not heard of the reliability of their larger ones. I would pop for the Sharkbites. The cutting tool is very useful around the house even after you do your cuts.
 
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