What is an olive remover?
An olive remover is a hand tool used in plumbing maintenance.
There are two main types of olive remover: olive cutters and olive pullers.
What is an olive?
An olive is a small metal ring, typically made from copper, brass or steel, and used in plumbing to create a seal in compression fittings. Olives vary in shape and size but are most commonly found in the form of a ring with beveled edges.
Plumbing olives get their name from their resemblance to pitted olives.
What is a compression fitting?
A compression fitting is a plumbing device used to join two pieces of pipe together. The device is made up of two compression fitting nuts, two olives, and a compression fitting body.
What are the different parts of an olive cutter?
An olive cutter is a hand-operated tool similar to a pair of pliers. It has two handles, pivot points and cutting blades.
The handles on a pair of olive cutters are typically made from metal, with a plastic cover for increased grip and ease of use.
The pivot points on this model of cutter are three rivets that work together as a mechanism to create a forward motion.
An olive cutter has two sharp cutting blades which are used to snip off the olive from around the pipe.
What are the different parts of an olive puller?
The olive puller has several different parts and can be adapted to either 15mm (0.6in) or 22mm (0.9in) copper pipes.
It has a T-bar handle, a threaded spindle, a 15mm and 22mm body, and a 15mm and 22mm pusher.
The T-bar handle is used to rotate the spindle. It consists of a short metal bar with plastic capped ends for increased grip and ease of use.
The spindle is turned via the T-bar handle and its thread interacts with and draws up the body.
Body (15mm and 22mm)
The body of the olive puller interacts with the spindle and screws into the compression fitting locking nut.
Please note: Although the bodies are described as 15mm and 22mm, their internal diameters are actually slightly greater than this as they have to be fitted over pipes of those measurements.
Pusher (15mm and 22mm)
The pusher is placed inside the pipe the olive is attached to and its blind hole end acts as a barrier for the spindle to push against.
Please note: the 15mm and 22mm pushers have a diameter fractionally less than this as they need to be fitted inside pipes of those measurements.