Plumbing problems with copper compression fittings can actually damage the inside ring if you’re not careful. Learn about plumbing problems with copper compression with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.
Expert: Joshua Clement
Filmmaker: Nathanael Rittichier
Series Description: Learning how to repair plumbing problems on your own is a great way to save yourself a large amount of money. Learn about plumbing repair with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video series.
ya, try getting the ring off after it's been on for some time. I had to cut off a piece of the pipe.
I usually put the nut on hand tight then turn 1/4 turn with wrench then turn water on and tighten a degree at a time till not leaking.
Ugh! I have been trying to get mine to stop leaking by tightening as much as I can 😂 it's 2am here and I'm watching "compression valve leak videos" now I realize I have been over tightening so I'll go back to the hardware store for a replacement tomorrow (again) and try again! Thanks.
i learnt this myself from many tries off leaking water.do not tighten too mich ,just enough to not allow water to pass through & you should also cut copper pipes straight rather than crooked as water will escape from the fittings.
that's what they say about car oil drain bolts and crusher copper rings too. hell, I use the same bolt and never had any problems.
Great hint and great looking video!
Thanks, good advice about using a new ring (olive UK) each time remake joint
Good points. Tightened just enough, the compression ring fittings seal better than the ones that just push on.
Short and to point, help I can use immediately.
To the point video thanks. I replaced two faucets, one worked out perfect, the other leaked because of over tightening. Kept having a leak, now I realize it was because I was reusing the ring. Thank you for saving me hours of troubleshooting!
Thanks, just what I needed to know.
Two really great tips, thanks Josh !!!
i find that when these leak if you tighten them it does stop leaking
I understand that compression fittings work with PEX pipe and I'm about to replace a water line. Does anyone know if these connections are reliable enough to use at both ends? At the meter, and at the house? I'm starting to wonder. I understand there are crimping tools and rings made just for PEX pipe, but I have two connections to make and I'm a DIYer, so I won't be doing anything with PEX pipe again for a long time most likely and buying a relatively expensive tool doesn't seem feasible. Thanks!!
I've watched with interest on these postings about the reuse of compression rings which like you say can be problematic. Good practice is to remove, clean pipe and replace with new. The trick is removing the old ferule and nut without damaging the copper pipe. I've tried a cheap puller from a box store and wound up using a dremel with metal cutter by cautiously cutting off the nut then making a notch in the thickest portion of the ferule (not to deep to score the pipe) the using a flat head screw driver to pop it off. Works like a charm.
put some silicon lubricant on the ring before you tighten it.
Clear. simple, concise. Thank you!
Didn't realize the compression ring was a one time use part. Nice tip.
i have copper in the house I just moved in. it is horrible. I had only pex-a and pex-al before and in 30 y no leaks. ever. now i live in the uk and it's a disaster. pipes going through ceilings leaking in the hallways, to have hot water on the tap 5 meters of copper pipe got to get hot first… just to wash a glass. and the squeaking of the pipes in the winter every time the boiler goes on… OMG! It's like back in 1950. Now I search on the internet how to fix the damn thing. I've put my own radiators on pex with fittings and a small handsaw in about 30 min per radiator. Now I need to buy an entire set of tools for the damn green sludge. If anyone knows enlighten me why would anyone use copper
Well delivered excellent advice. Thanks seams so simple now !!
Thank you so much! I've always hated compression fittings because they're always leaking on me, now I know why… over tightening and reusing the washer. Thanks again 🙂