How to Replace Iron Pipe Fittings How to Replace Iron Pipe Fittings

What You'll Need
Joint fittings
Wrench
Joint cement
Snap cutters or saw
Tape measure

Replacing iron pipe fittings is not a hard task at all, even if you are a stranger to plumbing work. Here are a few materials and tools that you will need, along with steps to help guide you through the process with ease.

Step 1 - Shut Off Water

Begin by shutting the water off to the area. This is done to ensure that no leaks occur while working.

Step 2 - Remove Old Fitting

Depending on the condition of the current iron pipe fitting, the method of removal may vary. If easy to remove, use a wrench to loosen the pipes connected to the fitting and take the fitting itself out. If you find that the connection is corroded, you may have to use snap cutters or a saw to cut it off. Watch out for any water lines that may be near you while you work.

Step 3 - Install New Fitting

Once you have removed the old fitting, you can replace it with a new one. If the old one is still in tact, take it to a hardware store to find one of the same size. However, if you had to cut it off, you may need to take new measurements of the area. To install the new fitting, layer on joint cement with a brush. Keep the cement thin and even while applying. Screw the pipes into the new fitting and then use a wrench to secure.

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