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How To Use A Compression Sleeve Puller

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Compression sleeve puller
Aaron Stickley
Compression sleeve pullers can be handy when removing the brass sleeve and nut when removing compression angle stops. There are many types and most work pretty well for this type of job. It is usually preferable to select heftier type tools when buying plumbing tools because they will last longer. Also, a heavy duty compression sleeve puller will be more useful for the really tough to remove brass sleeves and nuts.

Knowing how to use a compression sleeve puller properly is very important.

  1. The first step is to shut the water off to the house before removing the angle stop. Test to make sure the water is off by trying the nearest fixture. The fixture should not be getting any water. There will be some residual water held back in the pipe by the angle stop, so it is a good idea to have a small bowl, sponge or towels handy when removing the stop valve.

  2. Remove the angle stop by using two sets of pliers or wrenches. One pliers or wrench is used to hold the nut and stabilize the the pipe. The other pliers is used to turn the angle stop in a counter clockwise direction. Use about equal pressure on both pliers to prevent damage to the pipe. The angle stop should unscrew and leave the brass sleeve and the nut on the pipe.

  3. Back off the compression sleeve puller bolt enough so you can get it into position behind the nut. Screw the bolt in until it pulls the nut and brass sleeve all the way off of the pipe. It may be necessary to hold the puller with one hand and screw the bolt in with a pliers or wrench if it is very tight.

With the old brass sleeve and nut removed check that the pipe is in good shape before installing a new compression stop valve. If the pipe is damaged the new sleeve and nut will not seal.
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