Removing a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe fitting after it’s been glued can be a challenging task, especially if you are trying to reuse the fitting or if the fitting is in a hard-to-reach area. However, with the right tools and techniques, you can safely remove the fitting without damaging the surrounding pipes or fittings.
Here are the steps for removing a PVC fitting after it’s been glued:
Cut the PVC pipe: If the fitting is in a tight space, you may need to use a hacksaw or a PVC cutting tool to cut the pipe at the location of the fitting. Cut the pipe as close to the fitting as possible.
Score the fitting: Using a sharp utility knife, score around the circumference of the fitting where it meets the PVC pipe. You need to make a clean, deep cut all the way around the fitting to weaken the bond between the fitting and the pipe.
Heat the fitting: Use a heat gun or a propane torch to heat the fitting, taking care not to overheat the PVC. The heat will cause the glue to soften, making it easier to separate the fitting from the pipe. Move the heat source around the circumference of the fitting, trying to keep the heat evenly distributed.
Use a pry bar: Once the fitting is heated, use a pry bar to gently push the fitting away from the pipe. Start from one end of the fitting and work your way around, being careful not to damage the surrounding pipes or fittings.
Apply more heat if needed: If the fitting is still stuck to the pipe, you may need to reapply heat and continue to pry the fitting loose. It may take several rounds of heating and prying to get the fitting loose.
Clean up the fitting and pipe: Once you’ve removed the fitting, you should clean up the fitting and the pipe where the fitting was removed. Use sandpaper or a metal file to remove any rough edges or debris from the cut pipe.
It’s important to work carefully and patiently when removing a PVC fitting that’s been glued. If you apply too much force or heat, you risk damaging the fitting or the surrounding pipes. Additionally, it’s essential to use caution when working with heat sources like a heat gun or propane torch, as the heat can cause burns and start a fire if not used properly.
In conclusion, removing a PVC fitting after it’s been glued can be a difficult task, but with the right tools and techniques, you can safely and effectively remove the fitting and reuse it or replace it with a new one.