Washer stuck to copper pipe

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  1. bertie

    bertie New Member

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    Hi

    We are trying to fit a plastic speed fit elbow 15mm onto our water pipe in our bathroom in order to connect a new shower unit to it. However we cannot remove the old copper washer used with the existing fitting :? - (I think it's called an adaptor?)

    We cannot use the existing fitting as we have had the walls plastered & re-iled (they needed it!) & this has resulted in less space between the shower unit & wall. The speed fit connector gives us the extra centimeter we need to get the shower back on for a perfect fit!

    We have tried everything to get the washer off but to no avail, any advice offered would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    washer

    Depending on what you call a "washer", it could be a ferrule in which case you need a "ferrule puller" to extract it.
     
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  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    A picture would help. Your use of the term "washer" may be inaccurate.
     
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Assuming you are talking about a ferrule used in a compression fitting, the ferrule puller should work. It's sort of like a gear puller, they come in various sizes.
     

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  6. bertie

    bertie New Member

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    Hi

    After some more internet research I've found out that it's a compression ring & nut, & the nut is stuck, it seems like a common problem, but I couldn't find any info before as I didn't know the correct terms!!

    So I think a puller would be the answer, hopefully, thanks for posting back
     
  7. Gary Swart

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    Tools like this puller are fairly easy to find in rental stores in the US. I infer that you are not in the US since you are using metric sizing. You might shop a bit more and see if you can find a brass fitting instead of the plastic.
     
  8. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    ferrule

    Another problem might be that ferrule pullers usually only come in the size to remove 1/2"-5/8"" ferrules and you may have a different sized copper tube.
     
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