unscrewing pipes: counter or clockwise?

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  1. Annabel

    Annabel New Member

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    Ours are so tightly screwed that I can't get then to budge, and now can't remember the rules for counter or clockwise.
     
  2. Rich B

    Rich B DIY Senior Member

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    Lefty-Loosey :) Righty-Tighty:)
     
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  4. TedL

    TedL New Member

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    Depends on which way you're looking, and which part you're talking about.

    For standard, right hand threaded fittings:

    Pipe, one end close to you, fitting at far end of pipe. Turn pipe clockwise into fitting; CCW to remove from fitting.
     
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    seaofnames DIY Senior Member

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  6. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    My Porter-Cable Tiger Saw will also do the job.:p About connecting and disconnecting pipe. It works exactly the same as a hose connecting to a faucet or another hose. Also, nut and bolts turn the same direction (although there are special applications that use left-hand threads)
     
  7. Lakee911

    Lakee911 I&C Engineer (mostly WWTP)

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    I always remember it like I'm taking off a pop bottle lid ...
     
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