unscrewing pipes: counter or clockwise?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Annabel, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. Annabel

    Annabel New Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    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

    Sep 13, 2008
    New Jersey
    Lefty-Loosey :) Righty-Tighty:)
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  4. TedL

    TedL New Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    NY Capital District
    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.
  5. seaofnames

    seaofnames DIY Senior Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    Mission, BC
    My brother just picked up the 15 amp version of the sawzall...you NEED 15 amps!!
  6. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima, WA
    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)

    Aug 23, 2005
    I&C Engineer (mostly WWTP)
    Columbus, OH
    I always remember it like I'm taking off a pop bottle lid ...
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