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Olive removing tool

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by ptarling, 28 Sep 2006.

  1. ptarling

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    Hello,

    If anyone can give me some advice - would appreciate it...

    Thinking of buying an olive removing tool. As far as I can see there is a cheaper model that will remove both 15/22mm olives (the tool screws on to the existing compression locking nut and you pull the olive off) or there is a more expensive tool that splits the olive (but 2 seperate tools required to do both 15 & 22mm).

    Will the cheaper one suffice or are they unreliable..???

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    i bought a 15mm mor expensive type.

    it lasted about a month. the cutting teeth are now blunt and it compresses the olive (and pipe) and in so doing causes more work !

    i now have gone back to me hack saw
     
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    I've got them (all!).
    The screwy one which does both sizes (unless the threads's the older finer prestex type) is the better bet.

    Either that or cut yourself a set of very short lengths of copper pipe, and put them in a compression fitting, starting with the shortest, and do the nut up. As you do so it'll slide the olive along the pipe. When tight, undo the fitting and put a longer bit of pipe in, and repeat. See?
     
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    The splitting-type tool does for me, for 15mm. Larger sizes = less frequently needed and easier to work on = carry on using hacksaw.

    The other problem is the quality of the plumbing BEFORE you came on the scene! If a compression joint has been over-tightened so that the olive has dug in and 'necked' the tube, there's no point removing it in most cases! You won't get a leaktight joint on the tube a second time anyway.
     
  5. ChrisR

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    The plug centre of the screw-on type, goes some way to reshaping the pipe.
    SOmeone ought to make a tap-in bar of the right size to do the job. 13.6mm!
     
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    This sounds like a good plan!!!! Thanks for advice
     
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    Thanks for advice!!
     
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    I have monument 15mm/22mm removal tool, it is very usefull and avoids the problem of cutting the pipe and the olive when using a hacksaw. Occasionaly the effort required to turn the handle can be difficult in tight spaces. On the whole its a usefull bit of kit though.
     
  9. nigelad

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    Didn't know you get tools to deal with olives until I saw this thread!
    I replaced 9 rad valves with TRVs recently, and removing the old olives was the hardest part of the job!
    I was too scared of damaging the pipes with a hacksaw, so wore them down with a file until I could rip them open and off with an old jeweller's screwdriver :)
     
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    i use these
     
  11. Blasphemous

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    Crikey!!! The award for perseverance goes to.... YOU!
     
  12. micktheframer

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    I'm with scatmanjohn on this one....
     
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    Never used or saw one, to be honest never saw the need... Is it so much better and quicker than the 30 seconds it takes to cut with a junior hacksaw and an remove with an old electricians screwdriver. Or just wallop the nut an olive off with pair of grips.
     
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    yup i use these in 15 and 22.

    otherwise a hacksaw is easy enough imo if u get technique right
     
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    I use both and the one scatman recommends is the best. And it helps strengthen the wrists.

    There is a technique though -be careful and slow (that's what she said) or you can nip the copper pipe as well.
     

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