How to remove an olive from a pipe
How to remove an olive from a pipe - A handy guide brought to you by William Paul Plumbing & Heating of Solihull.
There are numerous reasons why you would want to remove an olive from a pipe. The question is how to remove an olive from a pipe? Well the answer is … there are many, many ways. You can used specialized tools such as the olive cutter, the olive puller or indeed the olive splitter. There are several reasons that the professional plumber may want to use a specialized olive removal tool. The main one being speed and efficiency. Using an olive removal tool is also preferred in tight spaces.
Lets look at how to remove an olive in detail.
- Olive cutter – This looks similar to an automatic wire stripper in appearance. Operation is self explanatory. Slide the business end of the tool over the olive, squeeze the trigger and the carbide cutting edge of the tool cuts the olive. The downside of this tool is that it is quite expensive and you will need to buy one for each size of olive you wish to cut. Ouch!
- Olive puller – Unlike the olive cutter this tool can remove both 15 mm and 22 mm olives. Whilst you can use the olive puller in tight spaces the operation is nowhere near as slick as the olive cutter.
- Olive splitter – Ah the olive splitter made by Rothenberger Tools. This is my weapon of choice. The Rothenberger olive splitter works on 15 mm, 22 mm and 28 mm olives. It is simple in operation. If you were to ask me how to remove an olive in two words I would reply “Olive splitter”. An incredible tool and a must for every plumbers tool box.
- Adjustable spanner - If you do not wish to purchase a dedicated olive removal tool then you could use an adjustable spanner. You should only use a tool for the purpose it was made. If you perform this olive removal process you risk damaging your tool and yourself therefore you do so at your own risk. Put the adjustable spanner over the pipe and behind the compression nut and olive you would like to remove. Tighten the adjustable spanner so that it is smaller than the compression nut but slightly larger than the pipe to allow movement of the adjustable spanner. Draw the adjustable spanner along the pipe away from the compression nut. Then quickly, with a little speed and force slide the adjustable spanner down the pipe onto the compression nut. A few strikes like this will remove both the nut and olive.
- Hacksaw – If you have room you can draw the compression nut back away from the olive and then use a hacksaw to cut across the olive. Care must be taken not to damage the pipe below. Once you are almost though the olive insert a flat bladed screw driver into the groove made by the hacksaw blade. The turn the screwdriver in a twisting motion to split the olive.
We at WPPH Plumbers Solihull hope you have enjoyed this guide on how to remove an olive. Remember please work safely.