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How to use an olive puller

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Before you begin

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Burrs

Burrs are small chips of metal left over, typically after a piece of metal has been cut, or otherwise shaped.

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Swarf

Swarf refers to any sort of excess material (such as: shavings, chippings or filings) from any metal, plastic or wood cutting process.

Swarf is a general term for such chippings and each trade may have its own specific terminology. For example, wood swarf is more commonly known as “sawdust.”

olive puller, plumbing tool, copper pipe, brass, compression fitting An olive puller can only remove 15mm (0.6″) and 22mm (0.9″) olives. If your olive is smaller or larger than this then you will need the corresponding olive cutters.

Olive cutters come in a range of sizes from 8mm – 28mm (0.3 – 1″)

Removing 15mm olives

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Step 1 – Insert spindle

Insert the spindle into the 15mm body. The threads of the spindle will interlock with the internal threads of the 15mm body.

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Step 2 – Retract spindle

Retract the spindle as far as it will go.

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Step 3 – Fit olive puller onto pipe

Fit the olive puller into the 15mm pipe. The 15mm pusher should fit snugly into the pipe and the pusher’s shoulder will stop it going any further into the pipe.

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Step 4 – Screw body into compression fitting

Screw the 15mm body into the compression fitting nut.

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Step 5 – Rotate spindle

Slowly rotate the spindle using the T-bar handle. This will force the spindle down into the body and against the pusher.

As the spindle pushes against the pusher it forces the body to draw up and pull the olive from the pipe. This action is similar to how a corkscrew functions.

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Step 6 – Unscrew nut

Unscrew the compression fitting nut and remove from 15mm body.

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Step 7 – Remove olive puller

Remove the olive puller from the 15mm copper pipe.

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Step 8 – Remove olive

The olive will be contained within the 15mm body.

Congratulations! You have successfully removed your olive!

Removing 22mm olives

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Step 1 – Select right sized adaptor

To remove 22mm olives, you will need to use the 22mm pusher adaptor.

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Step 2 – Place pusher into pipe

Place the 22mm pusher into the end of the copper pipe. The pusher’s shoulder will stop it going too far into the pipe.

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Step 3 – Attach body

Attach the 22mm body to the 15mm body and spindle.

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Step 4 – Fit body onto pipe

Fit the 22mm body over the pusher and onto the 22mm pipe.

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Step 5 – Screw on nut

Screw the compression fitting nut onto the 22mm body.

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Step 6 – Rotate spindle

Slowly rotate the spindle using the T-bar handle. This will drive the spindle into the pusher and force the 22mm body up and pull the olive from the pipe.

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Step 7 – Unscrew nut

Unscrew the compression fitting nut from the 22mm body.

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Step 8 – Remove olive

The olive will be contained within the 22mm body.

Congratulations! You have successfully removed your olive!