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    Default Can you reuse brass fitting when working with PEX

    Maybe this is obvious to some, but I want to be sure to avoid headaches in the future...

    I want to replace a valve in a PEX run, and plan on removing the existing valve by removing the PEX by cutting the crimp ring off one side of a brass elbow like the one pictured.

    I would then crimp new PEX pipe onto side of the elbow from which I cut the ring.

    Will this work, or am I inviting trouble by reusing the elbow?
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    If you are careful you can reuse the fitting.

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    You have lots of room to cut the ring off without damaging the elbow, if the elbow still has all it's barbs on it you're good to go.

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    Some PEX kits come with a crimp ring remover that does what you want to.
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