Call   Call  02 9649 1099

Tips From Your Local Sydney Plumber: How to Remove a Compression Ring

If you’re intending to do a little DIY plumbing around your place you’re going to have to know how to remove a compression ring without having to call out a plumber. Getting a plumbing contractor out to your place on short notice can be extremely painful, especially when you take into consideration the traffic in Sydney, so if you can do this little job by yourself you can save yourself a little bit of time and money.


Image sourced from Shutterstock

Compression rings are used to join different pieces of pipe together so they’re extremely crucial little pieces of plumbing. From time to time, you may need to remove a compression ring to get better access to another area of plumbing or because it’s become damaged somehow. To do it right, follow these steps:

1. Turn It Off: Before you do any plumbing job, you need to make sure your water is turned off to the spot where you’re working. This means you’ll be looking for the water supply valve or alternatively shutting off the water to your house entirely. Once you’ve turned it off, you can start getting close and personal with the compression ring.

2. Check and Clean: It’s important that before you get hands on with your compression ring to check out the situation. A nut that’s started to rust can be very difficult to remove, so do your best to remove as much of the rust before you start getting rid of the nut.

3. No Nuts: Before you can get the compression ring off, you need to deal with the nut holding it in place. Carefully loosen it with a wrench and push it further along the pipe to keep it out of the way or remove it entirely.

4. Special Tools: To finish the job you’re going to need a compression ring puller. Remove any pipe sticking out of the compression ring and line up your coupling guide into the centre of the pipe. You can then put the threaded rod of the compression ring puller into the centre hole of the coupling guide.

5. Start Turning: Open up the arms of your compression ring puller and now you can start turning the puller at the end of the device. Keep going till you can get the compression ring off.

For more DIY plumbing tips check out Plumbing Services: How to Install Your Kitchen Sink.

Geoff James
Written By:

Geoff grew up in Berala near Lidcombe in Sydney and attended Birrong Boys High School where he finished his Year 10 school certificate. Geoff was encouraged by his uncle to consider plumbing as he had done a bit of plumbing work on weekends during his school years. DJ Childs Plumbing in Canterbury offered him a plumbing apprenticeship and he spent most of his time working on plumbing maintenance and new roofs on commercial sites. Geoff on Google+.