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Old 05-05-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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How do you remove clamps on incoming cold water line going to water heater , Salem 35 FLFB 2012
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:48 PM   #2
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How do you remove clamps on incoming cold water line going to water heater , Salem 35 FLFB 2012
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Are they crimp clamps?
If so you have to cut them off and replace with worm gear clamps or buy the crimp tool to install the original type clamps.


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I removed clamps using Dremel Cut Off Wheel, worked awesome, installed new water valve using automotive gear clamps
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I removed clamps using Dremel Cut Off Wheel, worked awesome, installed new water valve using automotive gear clamps
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I removed clamps using Dremel Cut Off Wheel, worked awesome, installed new water valve using automotive gear clamps
Was this on PEX? Most people are of the opinion that automotive "worm-gear" clamps won't work on PEX.
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Cut em off, then Home Depot has "shark bite" fittings. Work like chinese handcuffs, no tools needed.
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Cut em off, then Home Depot has "shark bite" fittings. Work like chinese handcuffs, no tools needed.
I am with you. This is the way to go.
I carry this in my plumbing bag as well as an assortment of Shark Bite fittings.
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Every one has a different answer but auto gear clamps work great as these lines do not have a great amount of pressure compared to automotive use
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Was this on PEX? Most people are of the opinion that automotive "worm-gear" clamps won't work on PEX.
X2...if you have PEX, either have to use crimp clamps or shark bite fittings, PEX pipe is very hard material in which the gear clamps can't apply enough pressure to seal against the fittings...so most likely you can get light leaks at fittings under some higher pressure scenarios.
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Cut em off, then Home Depot has "shark bite" fittings. Work like chinese handcuffs, no tools needed.
I have no experience with them, but my concern with SharkBite is how long they will last. The only thing between you and a leak is an O-ring, and those tend to dry out after a while. Are you going to lubricate them from time-to-time? (I think not.)
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