How do I remove these shark bites?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by CGhudson, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. CGhudson

    CGhudson New Member

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    I've got a couple shark bite caps on hot and cold water copper supply lines that I'm ready to remove and replace with valves (plumber put them on). I thought it would be a simple matter of pulling them off but they won't budge. What's up? Do I have to cut the pipe? :confused:
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    Redwood Master Plumber

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    sixlashes Plumber in Previous Life

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  4. CGhudson

    CGhudson New Member

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    Thanks

    Thanks much fellas. :D One more question -- do I really need a special shark bite release tool or will a pair of needlenose pliars do? (or anything else that allows me to place pressure on the collar)
  5. CGhudson

    CGhudson New Member

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    I suppose it would help if I actually read Redwood's reply in full -- again; muchas gracias!
  6. plastic pipe hangers

    what works good is just a common
    plastic pipe hanger in 3/4 or 1/2

    they are called bassit clamps around here

    the kind that has two nails and it holds the
    copper pipe up against a stud....

    just slide it down the pipe and apply pressure
    and the shark bite will come off..

  7. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    I can usually use my fingernails to pull the ring back.
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    This guy might have a problem removing shark bites with his nails.

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  9. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Sharkbites have a collar that has to be pushed in, not a ring that you pull out. Anything that puts pressure on both sides of the tubing at the same time will help remove them.
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