Remove Accucrimp Plugs?

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  1. Oct 29, 2019 #1

    Trasmc

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    Hi everyone,

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    I am installing a water softener, and while the house is already plumbed for a softener, the two outlets for the softener hoses end with what I believe are PEX (hard blue pipe) that are capped with Accucrimp plugs (photo attached). Any tips on how I should remove the plugs? Also, was planning on using Sharkbite connectors - is there any issue with those and the blue PEX?

    Thanks so much,


    Scott

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    Cut the pipe above the ring.
     
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    If you hold a good flashlight behind the PEX, you will see the shadow of the plug. Cut it off just above that.

    And install two ball valves just like the one in the bypass line, Immediately. This will allow you to turn the water back on while you complete the softener install.

    SharkBite fittings work fine with PEX, just be sure to use the stiffener that comes with them.

    However, I’d recommend buying one of the crimpers for stainless bands, and using standard PEX fittings.

    IWISS PEX Pipe Clamp Cinch Tool Crimping Tool Crimper for Stainless Steel Clamps from 3/8-inch to 1-inch with 1/2-inch 20PCS and 3/4-inch 10PCS SS PEX Clamps https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019DPYQZM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_QMzVDbKR3ADCZ

    Or this if you don’t already have a cutter: iCrimp PEX Cinch Tool with Removing function for 3/8-inch to 1-inch Stainless Steel Clamps with 1/2-inch 20PCS and 3/4-inch 10PCS SS PEX Clamps and Pex Pipe Cutter- All in One https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CCH5JWG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_oOzVDbSEFMQJS

    The cost of either tool is less than the base cost of a service call, just to have a plumber show up.
     
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