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Old 10-11-2018, 08:18 PM   #91
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:27 PM   #92
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How does one remove the old pinch crimp rings?
They are the clamp style fittings. There should be a little tab that can be straightened with needle nose pliers and then a flat head screw driver used to pry the clamp open.

The bigger issue is if doing it yourself you need a calibrated clamp tool to reinstall. I don’t have one. Maybe I should.
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The bigger issue is if doing it yourself you need a calibrated clamp tool to reinstall. I don’t have one. Maybe I should.
I've installed Pex with the ring clamps and never had a problem. Never have used the pinch clamp so went and bought the crimp tool, Pex and pinch clamps and have been practicing.

The tool ratchets as you compress and will not release until you have a full crimp. Not sure if they are all like that, but makes it fool proof as long as you check the gap with the gauge provided.

Now that I have practiced with the pinch clamps. I think they are better than the ring crimps.
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:14 AM   #94
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Just winterized yesterday and had a similar problem. We bypassed the hot water tank and used the T-Valve to draw the antifreeze out of the bottles, which it did. The interesting thing was that the fluid flowed normally out of all the cold taps, but only out of the bathroom and external shower on the hot side. The kitchen sink had only enough pressure for the hot water to flow minimally, like it was restricted in some way. The water ran pink so we're confident that the line is winterized, but it was noticeable that the tap didn't behave like the others.
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:26 AM   #95
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Update 2

I have been practicing not only installing PEX fittings using the pinch clamp, but also how to remove the clamps and remove PEX from the fittings.

I thought using side cutters to cut or or loosen the pinch point would be the best way, but found using side cutters to pry up on the exposed end of the clamp was enough to loosen the clamp and slide off.

Using the flat tip screw driver on the exposed end is another method as mentioned by another member, but finding the side cutters on the end was easier to get the end to pry up.

As expected I found trying to pull the PEX off the fitting was impossible, but found applying a little heat from a hairdryer for about 1 to 2 minutes I could pull the Pex off easily.
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