Last year I posted a thread about a leaking shutoff. There was a lot of discussions about sleeve pullers.
In one of my bathrooms(not the one in the previous thread) at one time water had been spraying out of the shower on to the drywall and ended up causing it to peel and some surface mold. I’ve finally got around to repairing the drywall.
One side was easy enough but on the other side the toilet fitting was right in the way. I suppose I could have used 2 pieces of drywall to meet at the fitting but I wanted a clean solution so I decided to remove everything including the chrome plate at the back so I could install a piece of drywall with a circle cut to the diameter of the pipe (1/2”).
So since I had to pull the nut and ring I decided to buy one of the tools suggested in that previous thread (supposed to be a good one). In any event the tool pulled off the ring but it was really tight. Once the ring came off as the picture shows the copper pipe was severely shrunk. I’m assuming the original plumber must have tightened the crap out of the nut thereby deforming and crushing the pipe and then by pulling the ring the pipe got compressed and stretched.
So I ended up having to desolder the pipe further back and solder new copper pipe with a new coupling. This was possible because the drywall was open. If not – I have no idea how you solve this issue.
This is the state of the puller now. The ring is stuck on – I have to either press it out in my hydraulic press with a bearing split plate or cut it off with some cutoff tool like a dremel.
For now I have installed the new shutoff on a longer pipe as the framing got wet in the process it is has to dry out and I need to keep the bathroom in service. I will take it off shortly to install the drywall.
Now this is the first time I’ve done this. Am I just unlucky having a plumber over tighten these things or did I miss something.
I normally tighten the compression nut just enough to stop leaks and keep checking it for several hours until I’m satisfied there is no leak.
When I reinstall the shutoff do I need to buy a new shutoff (i.e. is there something special about their compression sleeves) or can I just get on of those Watts 5/8” OD sleeves that come in a pack.
Am I better off using a sweat on fitting rather than a compression fitting to prevent future problems? I don’t recall seeing any sweat on shutoffs at Home Depot where I got a lot of this stuff.