How to Use a Pipe Extractor

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If doing that plumbing remodeling project isn't tough enough for you, throw a broken-off piece of pipe into the mix, and you could be heading for a real headache of a problem. If the piece of pipe breaks off in the fitting, it may not be long enough to attach a wrench to it. This makes it near impossible to remove with regular tools. Pipe-extractor kits solve this problem and allow you to quickly remove pipes that are broken off inside fittings.

Things You'll Need

  • Pipe-extractor kit
  • Pipe wrench
  • Hammer (optional)
  • Insert the proper-sized pipe extractor into the piece of broken pipe. Look at the label on each extractor to see which one is needed.

  • Slide your pipe wrench over the end of the pipe extractor.

  • Turn the pipe wrench counterclockwise to unscrew the broken pipe from the fitting.

  • Remove the pipe extractor from the piece of broken pipe and put the extractor away for future use.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may need to tap the extractor into the pipe gently to allow its points to bite into the piece of broken pipe.

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