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    Default How do I remove these shark bites?

    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?

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    Master Plumber Redwood's Avatar
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    The tool listed in the sheet is not needed. An adjustable wrench adjusted to just fit over the pipe works fine.

    Clicky here for the sharkbite instruction sheet

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    You push in on the collar. Here is the installation guide which will show you how.

    http://www.sharkbite.com/_images/pdf...l_Inst_Eng.pdf

    Oops. We both replied at the same time. What he said...

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    Thanks much fellas. 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)

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

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    Talking 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..


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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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    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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