Step 1- Cutting the pipe
Start with cutting the tubing or pipe as per the needed length. Use the right push fit fitting cutter tool for specific pipe material. For instance, if you’re cutting a copper pipe, then use a tubing cutting for copper.
If you’re working with CPVC pipe, then use a plastic-based tubing cutting tool. For PEX, use a PEX cutting tool. When taking measurements for cutting the pipe, remember the pipe may extend around 1-inch within the fitting. Thus, keep that in mind when cutting the pipe.
Step 2- Reaming and deburring the pipe
Next, ream the end of a copper pipe. Also deburr it. Use the reaming and deburring tool when removing the jagged and sharp edges that may remain behind after cutting the pipe. The tool will ream the pipe from within and deburr from the outside simultaneously.
Alternatively, ream the pipe using the reaming tool’s backside. Also, use a sandpaper or emery cloth (fine-grit type) to gently deburr the exterior edge. However, you should only sand the edge. Avoid sanding the pipe’s wall surface.
PEX tubing and CPVC pipes don’t have to be deburred or reamed. However, in case the CPVC piping has some kind of a ridge around the interior edge, then you can use fine sandpaper, emery cloth, or utility knife to ream the inner edge carefully.
Once done, remove any debris from within the pipe. Then use a clean piece of cloth or rag to wipe the surface of the tubing or pipe.
Useful tips: You can find some push-on fitting manufacturers who sell deburring tools of different sizes. These tools work as reaming and deburring tools while still working as effective marking tools for marking the fitting’s depth.
Step 3- Marking the Pipe
Take a marker and the deburring tool (depth-gauge option) to mark the tubing or pipe. The marking should indicate the fitting’s full depth. Slide the gauge tool over the pipe end until you feel it has stopped. Next, mark a smooth line with the marker along the tool’s edge.
In case you don’t have the gauge tool, then use any tape measure to take measurements from the pipe end. Use a marker to mark the tubing or pipe as per the depth specified by the manufacturer for that specific fitting. Doing so will allow for a perfect fit.
Step 4- Installing the Fitting
Now push the push-in fitting over the pipe end. Alternatively, push the tubing or pipe into the plumbing fitting until it stops going any further.
The ending of the push-on fitting needs proper alignment as per the marking you made for the pipe depth.
Once it’s aligned with the marking, it will indicate that the piping or tubing is fully inserted into the push-on fitting. Upon installing the fitting, you may rotate the push-on fitting or pipe 360 degrees as needed.
Tips: Most fittings come with a PEX stiffener or bushing within them for stabilizing the ending of a PEX tubing.
Some fittings don’t have one, so you’d have to buy a separate bushing and include it before installation. Inbuilt bushings don’t have to be detached when using CPVC or copper pipe.
You can remove the pipe/tubing, or fitting after installation as needed by using a push-on removal tool. This tool has a small clip that is shaped like a horseshow.
The tool fits around the pipe. You’ll simply press the removal tool over the section around which the pipe meets the push-on fitting.
Next, pull the pipe outward. In case you’re removing a push-on fitting from a PEX tubing, you’ll need to cut it afresh before you reinstall it. A fresh, one-inch cut at the end of the pipe will be enough.
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