Need help/ideas on how to remove a plastic pipe fitting

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  1. The Dude

    The Dude New Member

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    Hello all - first time poster - I need to remove a copper pipe dropping down from a brass t-connector in a copper pipe assembly coming from a steam generator to the steam bath.

    Below picture shows the t-connector and the pipe needed to remove at the left, and at the right a close-up view of the connector I'm working with.

    It is a beige, thin plastic piece connecting the copper pipe to the brass t-connector. the pipe turns freely and moves within the t-connector, so I know its not glued in. Any ideas on how to get this plastic piece from the t-connector?

    thanks!

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  2. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    Push the plastic towards the fitting while pulling on tha pipe
     
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  4. mikeplummer

    mikeplummer Plumber

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    shark bite or equivalent removal tool
     
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    gently push the pipe towards the fitting, then press the plastic piece towards the fitting, and while holding that,, pull the pipe out. 3 hand job. A horseshoe-shaped sharkbite tool makes it a one man job,
     
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    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Place a Crescent wrench over the copper tubing, then use it to push the ring inward while pulling on the copper tubing.
     
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