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When a pinch crimp has to be removed and re-done, what is the proper tool to remove the PEX pipe from a barb after removing the clamp and cutting of the pipe?

I thought of using the PEX pipe cutter's blade but am afraid it would mar the ribs on the barb and cause a leak when it's subsequently re-used.

In my particular case I am using a 3/4 elbow like this with a PEX pipe which is white on the o/s and black on the i/s if it matters.

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So if I had to undo and re-do this kind of connection, I would open one of the pinch rings and cut off the pipe, but don't know how to remove what's left under the former crimp:

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  • This may sound obvious, but in some cases you can just pull it off with your hand strength. At least in some cases that has worked for me. I have read (not sure if I've tried...) that you may be able to re-use the pipe end that way. Say for instance if you were just replacing a damaged fitting (e.g., burst from freezing). – DaveInCaz Mar 11 '18 at 12:43
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I would use a utility knife to score the pipe. Or a pair of wire cutter pliers. Leave a little extra pipe on the end so you can grab it with the pliers and peel the pipe off.

  • Is there a concern that cutting PEX too deep would mar the fitting and cause a leak? – ajeh May 25 '17 at 14:11
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    If your t is a brass t, then I wouldn't imagine you would really make a cut in it that would affect performance of the port. I'd actually be surprised if you made a cut into the brass to begin with. – Jeff Cates Jun 1 '17 at 22:55
  • A poly (plastic) fitting is more likely to be scratched. But I think with care that could be avoided or minimized. – DaveInCaz Mar 11 '18 at 12:42
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I'm using this Home Depot cutter:

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(Husky 7 in. Diagonal Pliers)

gripping the crimp between the 2 blades turning the cutter and it pops open, then cut the pipe with a utility knife.

  • Is there a concern that cutting PEX too deep would mar the fitting and cause a leak? – ajeh May 25 '17 at 14:11
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    I never had any issue, but use common sense and cut only pipe but a little scar on the fitting is no problem. – aofkj May 28 '17 at 4:06
  • I would be surprised if you cut deep enough to make a scar that would not hold pressure. Use a new sharp blade and you don't need to cut hard. I have also rocked a straight edge blade instead of a pulling score. – Jeff Cates Mar 11 '18 at 22:10
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Cut your crimp off as described. Using a heat gun, start waving it at your connection while pulling the two apart. You just don't want to get things to hot as the fumes probably are not healthy. I held the fitting in a vise with the intent of re-using the fitting...it comes off pretty easy after it warms up. It would probably work out in the field where it may not be as easy but the fitting comes off pretty easily once it gets the right temp. Good Luck TC

  • PS You can wiggle the piece of pipe as you go to help loosen things up if you have enough to grab onto, otherwise if its too short. I used a large pair of electrician type pliers to grab onto and "pinch" the pipe as it softens and just rip it off when it gets soft enough to do so. – user108663 Nov 1 at 5:24
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