Olive removal tool/method

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I recently needed to remove three olives from in-situ 22mm pipework. Not wishing to place undue stress on other joints I decided against the 'use a wrench to bash the backing nut' method and being too mean to buy a pukka removal tool I Macgyvered a loosely-fitting pipe 'clamp' from two bits of wood screwed together, placed another bit of wood against the pipe end, then used G-clamps to pull the two bits of wood together :-
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That arrangement worked well to shift the olive to the pipe end. One olive could then be slid off by hand, but the other two needed a bit of gentle persuasion with water-pump pliers.
 
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Good bit of improvisation!
A bit bulky for the plumbing tool box though!;)
 
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There's lots wrong with her!! She's currently on 3 bottles of Gin a day, the laundry is stacking up & Ive not had a home cooked meal for months!!

To remove a compression olive; all you need to do is uncompress it, take water pump pliers, slowly & gently crimp it, this will reshape it & enlarge it. It simply moves off the tube then.
 
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On 22mm I waggle them of with water pump pliers, if I'm really desperate I'll go in the van for my olive cutters.
 
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I have an Olive splitter and it is great, a one of purchase at under £20 as long as you keep the apprentice away from it
 
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I recently needed to remove three olives from in-situ 22mm pipework. Not wishing to place undue stress on other joints I decided against the 'use a wrench to bash the backing nut' method and being too mean to buy a pukka removal tool I Macgyvered a loosely-fitting pipe 'clamp' from two bits of wood screwed together, placed another bit of wood against the pipe end, then used G-clamps to pull the two bits of wood together :-
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That arrangement worked well to shift the olive to the pipe end. One olive could then be slid off by hand, but the other two needed a bit of gentle persuasion with water-pump pliers.

Ah Alec, I love your idea & you've endeared yourself to me by your efforts. Please don't let me steal your thunder.
 
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I have an Olive splitter and it is great, a one of purchase at under £20 as long as you keep the apprentice away from it

Yes Ian, it's sometimes easy to forget the halcyon days of the 70s & our own apprenticeship. The mistakes & subsequent 'kicks up the arze'!! I wouldn't change a thing, wonderful times & wonderful Tradesmen.
 
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Fook me a junior hacksaw plus a flatty would have an olive off in seconds
done a 14 rad job all done in Truwell, cust wanted to keep the existing rad valves , would have been a bit of a ball ache without my olive splitter, it has paid for itself many times over
 
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