PVC fittings come in many shapes and sizes to fit whatever your needs may be. Installing PVC fittings isn't hard, but doing so correctly so that they last requires some inside knowledge. If PVC fittings aren't installed correctly, they can leak and burst under pressure. Putting PVC fittings on to a PVC pipe is easier than taking them off. Removing PVC fittings takes special care and tools to do it correctly. The article that follows will share with you several tips and tricks on how you can easily remove and attach PVC fittings.
1. Size of the Fittings
The worst possible thing you can do is connect PVC fittings that are not snug on the PVC pipe. Even if you used sealer on the pipe and fittings, you will still run the risk of leaks occurring. Choose PVC fittings that are slightly smaller or larger than the PVC pipe you are connecting to it. This will create a fit that is very tight, which will prevent leaks from forming or the fittings from being blown off the pipe due to pressure.
2. Use a Mallet
When you are connecting PVC fittings to a pipe and the fit is snug, do not try to push them in place. You may be able to get the fitting in place by hand but that does not mean it is where it should be. To make sure that the PVC fittings are on the pipe properly, you should use a mallet. Most people will try to use a hammer, but this can damage the PVC pipe and the fittings by cracking them. A mallet has a rubber head so it absorbs instead of reflects vibrations. Place the fitting on the pipe as far as you can by hand, then use the mallet to tap it in place until it no longer moves.
3. Hammer and Chisel
Trying to remove PVC fittings from a pipe is difficult because they are very snug and are often also glued in place. One way to remove the fittings is to use a hammer and chisel. You place the chisel at the seam and tap it with a hammer. This will cause the fitting to dislodge and slip off the pipe.
Removing fittings that have been glued to a pipe is difficult, but it can be done. For every glue on the market, there is a solvent that can dissolve it. Once the solvent has done its job, you will be able to remove the PVC fitting by tapping it off.
5. Always Use Sealer
When connecting PVC fittings, make sure to seal it using good waterproof sealant and paint it on the inside of both ends and also the outside. This is important because you will be sealing the entire pipe rather than just a small section.
If there is no possible way for you to remove PVC fittings by hand, with solvent, or hammer and chisel, you will need remove it by force. Use a hacksaw and cut the fitting off the pipe at the seams.