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Old 02-28-2021, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default Plumbing question - removing PVC

Does not look like water well folks are gonna come over, so I am gonna try to play water well tech tomorrow.

The PVC pipe broke off at the threads in the check valve. I'd like to re use the check valve if I can. There is nothing to grab onto the PVC as it is flush with metal.

Anyone successful in getting the PVC out? Dissolve it with something, carefully cut it out???

tips / suggestions welcomed.
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Old 02-28-2021, 12:56 PM   #2
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Default Plumbing question - removing PVC

Try heating it with a propane torch. Once it gets a little warm itíll soften up enough you can pry it off a little and grab it with a pair of pliers.


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Old 02-28-2021, 12:58 PM   #3
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Dremel a cut down opposite sides almost to the threads and you should be able to dig it out.
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Old 02-28-2021, 12:59 PM   #4
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YouTube it. Or extractor.
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Old 02-28-2021, 01:00 PM   #5
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You probably don't have one, but a caping chisel.

That is if the check valve is metal, copper, or some metalic.

Could probably do it with a pvc valve, but a lot more care needs to be taken.
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Internal wrench also/or. it's a cam lock type of wrench
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Old 02-28-2021, 01:00 PM   #6
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Try heating it with a propane torch. Once it gets a little warm itíll soften up enough you can pry it off a little and grab it with a pair of pliers.


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This, I use a heat gun
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Old 02-28-2021, 01:02 PM   #7
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Hammer and flat head screw driver might turn it, just don't mess up the threads.
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Old 02-28-2021, 01:04 PM   #8
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This, I use a heat gun
Yep, heat gun works well also.


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Old 02-28-2021, 03:00 PM   #10
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Others have provided solid advice. I'm going to say a skidsteer with a mulching head just because those are bad arse and everybody should have one.
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Old 02-28-2021, 03:12 PM   #11
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Hammer and flat head screw driver might turn it, just don't mess up the threads.
This! I've done it dozens of times.
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Old 02-28-2021, 03:15 PM   #12
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Had to do the screw driver and hammer trick last week just be careful not to mess up the threads.
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Old 02-28-2021, 03:17 PM   #13
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What size pvc, they make a tool to remove broken sprinkler heads. Look at Home Depot or Lowes. Made for up 3/4 inch pvc
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Old 02-28-2021, 03:49 PM   #14
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Thanx foks. Was thinking drimmel, but may give the screw driver a try as well.

And...yeah it'll utube it. On the road now. Dang 1.25 inch fittings are scarce.
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Old 02-28-2021, 03:50 PM   #15
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Screw driver and heat
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Old 02-28-2021, 03:53 PM   #16
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Thanx foks. Was thinking drimmel, but may give the screw driver a try as well.

And...yeah it'll utube it. On the road now. Dang 1.25 inch fittings are scarce.
Put valve in a vice. Take the screwdriver, place it between the top of the fitting and the above the first thread and angle it so that you're driving it towards the center. Do this at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees around the fitting. It should pop loose and then you can unscrew it with your hand.
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Old 02-28-2021, 04:57 PM   #17
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If it's small diameter just cram the larger side jaw of a pair of channel locks in and un thread that way
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Old 02-28-2021, 04:59 PM   #18
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Others have provided solid advice. I'm going to say a skidsteer with a mulching head just because those are bad arse and everybody should have one.
Iíll try this next time, sounds fairly easy!
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Old 02-28-2021, 05:09 PM   #19
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Take a hack saw blade, make 2 or 3 cuts in the pvc almost to the threads. Take a small flat head screw driver and pry the fitting out in pieces. Another option is to heat up a rod and roll it around the fitting until the fitting gets soft, use a screw driver to pry it out. I had the pvc break off in my check valve also, used the hack saw blade to get the old fitting out. Had to totally redo all the pvc in my well house this past week.
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Old 02-28-2021, 05:15 PM   #20
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Hammer and flat head screw driver might turn it, just don't mess up the threads.
This method has worked for me a couple times.
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Old 02-28-2021, 05:38 PM   #21
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Check valves are cheap. Why not buy a new one? I know parts are back in stock in the Houston area.
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:11 PM   #22
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Check valves are cheap. Why not buy a new one? I know parts are back in stock in the Houston area.
not here in central Texas. I looked and did not see a check valve with opening for pressure switch on top and another opening for the gage on the side.

But, I will be at the water well folks place at 7:00 A.M. tomorrow. Hopefully I can get the parts I need.
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:00 PM   #23
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This! I've done it dozens of times.
Just did the same thing with my well. Go easy and it should break free.
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