FITTING A TEE ONTO COPPER PIPE – MULTIPLE WAYS – Plumbing Tips

FITTING A TEE ONTO COPPER PIPE – MULTIPLE WAYS – Plumbing Tips


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Plumberparts.co.uk video. My name’s James, and today, this is like the simplest video you could ever, ever think of doing. We’ve been requested to do it by a lovely one of our viewers. He’s said that, “I’m trying
to fit a new washing machine and I need to know how to
cut a tee into some pipe.” So what we’re gonna do,
we’re gonna show you there’s a few different ways of doing it. But it’s all about the measurements. So this video is not gonna
be very very long at all. In the meantime, if you
missed out on our last video, we’re gonna leave a little link to that for you to click on to
watch right about here. Alright? So anyway, I hope you enjoy today’s video. It’s gonna be generally one
and a half minutes long. And then I’ll have a little
chitchat with you at the end, a little bit of a debrief,
a little bit of chin wag, let you know what I’ve been
up to, all that sort of stuff. Alright, hold tight! So here we go, let’s just say we’ve done a little mock up here. We’ve got some pipe that we
just clipped to the wall, just like so. And we’ve got a few different
types of fitting as well. So we’ve got a little hemp
wired push-fit fitting and we’ve also got a standard NPT as well. For some reason, I couldn’t find any equal tees in compressions,
so just to show you how you actually do your cut, we’ve just got ourselves a
little isolation valve just here. Now, the most important thing about this is just measuring how much
pipe you cut out, okay? This job can be quite difficult if you don’t have any flex in the pipe. Whereby, what I mean by
that is if you cut this, if you just did one cut, and
you could just pull them apart, and then pop your tee in and
then pop it back together, then that’d be really easy, wouldn’t it? You’d be like, oh my
god, I’ve just done it, it was so easy, why do I
even have to watch a video? But that pretty much never, ever happens. So, I mean, most plumbers won’t know, I mean, I know exactly
how much to take out. If I’m doing a tee, usually the
width of your little finger, if you’ve got a finger that’s
about a centimetre wide. If you’ve got chubby fingers, then obviously make
account for that, alright? Maybe half it out, if
you’re a chubby person. Let’s say, right, basically if you’ve got some clips here like this,
what you’re gonna need to do, if you want to get your pipe slice around, because really, you should
be using a pipe slice for this sort of job. If you’ve got a hacksaw, then you’re not gonna have
to worry about it so much. But the thing is, is you’re
gonna have to take off and try and remove the old clips, okay? Easy to pop a clip off. You should just get yourself
a little slotted screwdriver, get under there like that. As you can see, that clip’s
been undone a few times. It’s a little bit knackered. And then what you’re gonna be out to do is just pry us this pipe off just like so. And pretty much then, get your cutter under here like that, okay? And then you use the arrow on your cutter to know which way to rotate it. Anyway, as you’re probably
aware, subscribers of old, legends, beasts, gentry
of the plumbing world, this is a very very simple video. But let’s just come along and
watch it anyway for the ride. I’ve just knelt in a load of water. Oh my god! God, this is turning into
a really realistic video. Basically, what I say is, I always go width of the little finger. If you really really
want to do it properly, you can get yourself a pencil, pop the tee on the thing, and then basically use the sides
of the shoulders of the tee and mark a little bit of
pencil line there and there. This is if you don’t have any flex. If you’ve got flex, you
don’t have to worry about it. You can just cut it like this. (laughs) Just like that. And then once you’ve cut it, obviously, if you’ve got enough flex, you’ve got a small gap here, we should just be able
to grab this bit of pipe or one of these pieces of
pipe and pull that away. So once they’re pulled away enough and you can slide your fitting in, so let’s say we’re gonna
do this solder fit in here. Obviously we put flux on this. We’ll just push that in like so, and then that would be
nice and sorted out, ready for us to pop another bit of pipe on and solder up and get installed. I will leave you some links
at the end of this video for how to solder pipes, how
compression fittings work, and also how push-fit fittings work. Oh my god! Now, the thing is, right,
this is all well and good for if you’ve got problems
with how much flex you’ve got. So say, say we don’t have enough flex to get this particular small fitting in. What I do is, if I had a bit of flex, I’d pull back as far as
about here, if I could, to about sight there. And then if I could pull this pipe out, I can actually push this on this end here just about get that in and
push them back together again. It’s all about how much force
you want to put on the pipe to be able to split it apart far enough to make sure that you aren’t gonna bend it or cause problems for when it comes to standing up in a minute. Another trick to doing it, especially if you’ve got a
compression fitting like this, is obviously this fitting, when it’s in that sort of situation, is quite long, okay? So if you don’t have enough spring, maybe it’s a good idea that you slacken your nut and olive off, actually take them off each one of these, and then put the nut and
olive on first like so, okay? So they’re already on the pipe. You’ve cut it already. And now you’re just pushing them onto each side of the pipe like this. But now look how narrow that body is. So you can now slip this
body really easily into here, push the fitting up together, and then tighten them up like that. Unfortunately, this kind
of trick doesn’t work for push-fit fittings because they’re all part
of one kind of thing. They’re quite difficult to take apart, and you also need to
know what you’re doing. If it’s a JG Speedfit fitting, yes you will definitely
be able to do that, but as I said, you’ll need
to know what you’re doing. So like I said, this is a very basic video but it’s obviously something
that’s troubled some of you and I hope this video has helped you out. As you can see, it’s all about how much pipe you cut out, okay? If you cut too much pipe out, you can’t just add it on again. It’s like putting too much
of a certain ingredient in a nice din-dins. So yeah, I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s really really simple video. I hope you subscribe to our videos. You can share them as well. You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook. If you’ve clicked on the
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35 Comments

  1. ah, but can you solder all three pipes at the same time or can you solder the two ends first and come back later to do the last pipe??

  2. Nooo! You didnt remove the bur or clean the pipe. For shame lol just yanking your chain. Simple but good video. Thumbs up.

  3. Stop bothering James with Tee piece questions, too easy! What's next, how to put on a condom or breathe through your nostril?
    I need him to teach the other Plumbums how to plumb!

  4. Whats the best fitting to use to Tee into a mains feed for an Electric Shower ?
    Im contemplating doing the plumbing myself & never touched any plumbing b4

    Thanks.

  5. and how do you put in a tee if there's no "flex" as you call it (i.e. movement along the axis of the pipe. I have a 22mm mains feed that is running vertically through my flat – fixed rigidly as far as I can tell top and bottom. You say its super simple – and yes it would be if I could move the pipes or even one end – what if I can't. Thanks. Stephen

  6. I'm putting a new bath in but the taps are at the other end to where the old pipe is which have been caped off. The pipe work goes round to where the new taps are going, so would I just do what you've said in the video then conect the new taps on the bath ? thanks

  7. There's a lot of videos on this, yours is best, didn't know pipe slicers were a thing. From a total novice plumbing a fridge in at my house.

  8. I had to put in a tee for my washing machine, tough job no movement in pipe through garage wall. Plumber charged me £150..
    ?
    Cost of washing machine £120

  9. I like how you skipped the actual problem… what to do when there is no spring at all (in my case there is a small gap between two concrete pads in which some numpty embedded the pipe).

  10. I have been looking online and I can't seem to find the information I am looking for. I am looking to use speedfit to re plumb my radiators but I am wanting to install it into a concrete wall. What would be the best way to do it. Do I need to put it into conduit?

  11. Bought the fittings I needed and a cutter, then thought Aarrgh! what do I do now, then I found this helpful nutter.
    Thanks, nutter. :-))

  12. How do I put in a tee valve on a short pipe that has almost no movement, I'm looking to replace a self cutting tap with a tee valve to get better water pressure

  13. Links to the tools I use everyday here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/plumberparts

    Plus, follow my Vlog “TimesWithJames”: http://www.youtube.com/c/timeswithjames

  14. you talk a lot of rubbish but you have very little idea from plumbing. you talking about flex, but wtf i am doing if i have no flex at all?? if you have flex you must be an idiot watching a video. is all common sense!

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