How to use push fit pipe | push fit fittings

How to use push fit pipe | push fit fittings

Plastic pushfit pipe is now very
common this is a piece of 15 millimeter John Guest pex barrier pipe. This is now
very common there are a lot of plumbers out there that will only use plastic
pipe because it is so much easier to use and so much faster to install. There are
a couple of things you need to be aware of when you’re using a plastic pipe and push fit fittings so we will take a look at those in this video. You
can see that I’ve got two pieces of 15 millimeter pex pipe here and they both actually look identical but one is made by Hep2O one is made by John Guest
Speedfit. A lot of this pipe is actually guaranteed and some of it is
guaranteed for 25 years in this example we’re actually going to make a joint
using the John Guest speedfit pipe. One thing you should never
do is mix up the fittings so you should never use John Guest Speedfit
fittings on Hep2O pipe if you read the instructions it does actually say
that you should only use the correct fittings for the pipe. So for the speedfit
pipe you need to use the speedfit fittings. You can probably get away with using Hep2O fittings on the speedfit pipe but if there is an
accident and one of the joints blow off they are obviously going to blame you for using
the incorrect fitting with the incorrect pipe. For that reason you should always
use the same pipe and the same make of fittings. Most of the push-fit
fittings manufacturers do say that you can use their fittings with copper pipe
so you should be able to use any make of copper pipe with push-fit fittings. So this
is the John Guest speedfit which is very common in the UK
you will notice that this actually has marks on and they are cut marks to help
you to ensure that you get the fitting fully inserted
you should only cut this pipe where the cut marks are and that will help you
when you come to make the joint because the next cut mark along will be visible
at the collet. To cut the pipe you’re going to need a specialist cutter like that
that simply has a sharp blade in there
some of the manufacturers do sell their own cutters and there are quite a few
of these different types available. This is a particularly good one this is a
Rothenburger. So to cut the pipe it’s very easy we’re simply going to choose
a cut mark but then take the special cutter and we’re just going to put that
on there and then we’ll just squeeze the handles and that will cut the pipe
cleanly. The important thing now is to use an insert you will notice this one
has got two o rings on it that is a John Guest superseal insert they don’t
all look like that some of them don’t have the o rings on. So all you do is take your pipe take your insert push that in with a twisting motion and that
needs to go all the way in so whenever you make a joint with a plastic pipe you
always need to put an insert in like that I just like to point out that you can
actually use these with compression fittings should you wish to do. It’s
always a good idea as well to inspect the end of the pipe to ensure that there
are no scratches or anything on the pipe that can damage the o-ring. Some people
have suggested using a hacksaw to cut this pipe that is not a good idea it
can actually leave a burr on the edge which can damage the o ring causing
it to leak at a later date. So you need to ensure that the insert is pushed all
the way in like so. Fittings now come in plastic bags like so these are very
handy because they actually have the instructions on the side. It’s a good
idea to keep them in the bag until you need to use them some manufacturers use
silicone grease on the inside to lubricate the o ring and if you take
them out the packets that can actually dry up causing it not to work as well. So
this is a John Guest speedfit fitting and it needs to be in the open position
like so before we insert the pipe and as I pointed out earlier I’ve cut it
on the cut mark so we need to insert this pipe so that that mark goes all
the way in. Before I do that I’ll just make a couple of
points about these you should never let children play with these because in the
inside of there there are some stainless steel grit rings that can damage your
fingers so never push anything in there either don’t go putting your finger in
because it can actually damage you. You might just be able to see the stainless
steel grit rings on the inside of there and you can actually see the o ring at
the end there that does the sealing. So we’re now going to take the pipe and
what we’re looking for is to push it in until that mark reaches the back of the
collet there. So I’m going to get that and I’m going to push it all the way in and you can
see that that has gone all the way in there
once it’s in we can then twist that half of the fitting and that is now locked in
position. We will now do exactly the same with the other piece of pipe just
turn that around then you can see the mark the mark is there so we now need to
lock that half of the fitting as well so we just twist that all the way in so now
we have a perfectly made joint in there that will be able to withstand a lot of
pressure. What you can also do with these fittings is you can buy collet clips
like so there are 15 millimeter ones and they come colour corded like so
so you can actually get a white one a blue one or a red one and you can
actually use those and they can be pushed in between the collet and the
fitting there and that will ensure that nobody can undo the fitting and it will
also ensure that the fitting won’t come undone accidentally so if you ever
worried about these kinds of fittings especially if there are in an area where
somebody might mess about with them such as kids etc you can always use a collet
clip like that simply insert that in there and that will ensure that nobody can
mess about with the fitting. So making a joint with plastic pushfit pipe is an
absolute piece of cake it really is child’s play you do just have to be
careful don’t go cutting it with a hacksaw
ensure the pipe isn’t damaged and you will have a very successful joint
that will last for years. Some of these manufacturers are now guaranteeing their
fittings for 25 years. So now I’ll just pop these off we’ll undo the fitting we
simply need to push in the collet there and then pull the pipe like so sometimes
with these you will find that the collet will come out of the end well
that’s nothing to worry about if that comes out simply push it back in
obviously you do need to ensure it’s not damaged though before you put it back in.
If you want to join plastic pipe to copper pipe it’s very easy simply going
to cut that using a pipe slice. The critical part now is deburring the end
of it if you look at that it does actually have burrs on the end they can
damage the o ring and there can cause it to leak. So we’re going to use this which
is a deburring tool that will deburr it externally and internally so we
simply need to push the pipe in there give it a few twists then do the same on
the other side that will beburr it internally. Sometimes what I’ll do is take a piece
of scotch brite pad and actually use that to ensure there were no burrs on
the end that will give you a really clean piece of pipe on the end. This is
actually very useful as well if you get a pipe in a location where you can’t
actually get the deburring tool in you can wrap that around the pipe and you can
ensure that there are no burrs on the end of it. So we can be sure that that is
now burr free you don’t need to use an insert on copper pipe all you need to do
is ensure that the fitting is in the open position take the pipe push it
all the way in until you feel it physically stop and then rotate that
collar again to lock the fitting. Again if you want to you can use a collet clip on
there and that will prevent it from coming undone. So push fit pipe is
absolutely fantastic it is very fast very easy to use it’s often cheaper than
copper pipe and copper fittings and virtually anybody can do it, it really is
a idiot-proof. Thank you for watching this video if you’ve not done
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100 thoughts on “How to use push fit pipe | push fit fittings

  1. I wonder what the life expectancy of the rubber 'o' rings are? I think in 15years Plumbers will be very busy. .!

  2. Another helpful video. I'm about to refit a bathroom, a few people are telling me to get a professional in to do it to be safe but I've seen many of your videos and other peoples video's aswell and it doesn't seem too hard.

    I just plan on re routing a few pipes for a new shower cubicle and different bath position.

    Any advice on how to best avoid leaks? Also from your experience is there a particular time the pipes should be tested for leaks?

    My main worry is pipes leaking after weeks or months after flooring has been laid down.

  3. At 4:30 "never let children play with these.. s/s grip rings" again at 6:22 re collets, again in case kids play with them but at 6:30 you state that plastic plumbing is "child's play". I'm reporting you to the RSPCC…. Oh hang on… April fools day!! Dur ya got me Chez…..

  4. great vid thanks 🙂 just to let your viewers know you cannot use a push fit fitting on 15mm 20mm chrome plated copper pipe

  5. Anyone who only uses plastic pipe can never call themselves a 'plumber'. Great vid as always, many thanks.

  6. Happy Easter – thanks for posting. Used more Hep2o than Speedfit but both have come on a lot over the years. Regards Mike

  7. I have read somewhere that JG also recommend when using compression fittings, to use a copper olive rather than the now more common brass olives.

  8. I have to say whilst I'll use plastic and push fits around the house I steer clear of using push fits with copper pipe. I've recently done some plumbing around the house and found all the push fits with copper inserted into them were weeping.

  9. I've used this a lot in the past and it is indeed very good, for plumbing and heating.
    Although for exposed pipework copper still looks better.
    One thing you perhaps should have mentioned, is if using chromed copper, rough the pipe up first.
    Different makes of pipe are all the same OD, but inserts vary in size. I've used various makes of pipe with different fittings with no problem.

  10. You'd think they've come up with a plastic welder already.. I mean some kind of a handy thing you just put around the pipe joint and push a button to melt the thing together.. its just plastic after all.

  11. A teensy question about the Scotch Bright pad you used. Is that a specialist plumbers piece of kit available from Plumbers merchants or is it just an ordinary pan-scrubber available from the cleaning isle of any supermarket. Usually they are green in colour but I noticed yours was a brownish colour.

    Talking about the Scotch. Did you know that Scots people all come from Scotch eggs! Not many people know that.

  12. I love your Lancashire accent and the way you emphasise 'T's (like in SpeedfiT) and 'G's (like in plumbinG) when they're at the ends of words. Just a few miles up the road in Cumbria we just don't do that. Personally I've used both plastic and copper. I can take pride in my copper and soldering work, but much less so with plastic, I feel like I'm cheating.

  13. Up to 25 years life expectancy for house plumbing is not good enough, this means that house insurers will demand certification of pipe work renewal to save from house flooding. Doesn't sound good to me, especially when you consider that your entire house is subject to the degradation process of small rubber "O" rings.

  14. As usual very informative and useful. You explain things in a simple and easy way to understand. Thank you for your time and helping us to achieve what we otherwise would not know to do.?

  15. It's not the plastic pipe which worries me, but the "O" ring fittings. 25 years (at best) life span is not good enough. Insurers sooner or later will get into this, and houses will be harder to sell without replacing the existing pipe work. Great for plumbers, BAD FOR householders.

  16. just watched a day in the job with P B plumber check it out to see how push fits just pull apart with serious damage !!!

  17. In The USA i noticed they had to remove polyurethane pipes because they Corrode. I'd rather have copper (plus there guaranteed for 25 years ). Any one seen this happening in America. .

  18. Brilliant! I've used this stuff, once for Aqualisa shower and also fir dishwasher. Shower about 12 years ago. Dishwasher 14 years ago, absolutely no issues with either.

  19. What!…. Wait!….. A locking mechanism…… A friggin' locking mechanism!!
    Sweet merciful crap!… I recently finished a bathroom overall, including new floor, sub floor and tiled floor… I wish I new about this….. Lol.
    Oh well, I guess I'll deal with the wet kitchen ceiling when it happens…True what they say. You never stop learning… ;)…

    Thanks for the videos. Great quality as usual….

  20. Good product, just be careful not to keep taking fittings off and on, they tend to leak. Also be careful if you push the pipe through a wall and scratch the end of the pipe, it will leak from the fitting. They recommend, you use the hard no seal insert for compression / conex fittings.

  21. All pipes have the same OD so you can use any push fit fitting on any pipe as long as you use the correct pipe insert for the make of pipe your using……?
    cheers chaz

  22. Plastic pipe looks great. I don't know if I'd trust it long term for my whole house but for some small project I see no reason not to try it.

  23. I have a job to do on our heating system, and was debating the benefits between using push-fit or copper pipe, etc. As a result of watching your very informative video, I'll go with the 'soft option' and use push-fits. You've definitely given me some confidence in 21st Century technology! Thank You very much, keep up the good work!

  24. Thank you so much – you made this look incredible easy! I'm currently fitting my own utility and have had so many questions regarding the plumbing for my sink.

    Is it also safe to use a speedfit elbow push fit fittings with copper pipes?

  25. some state in the us have banned plastic pipe and some australian states have started to ban it on drinking water the plastic gives off s chemicals which leak into water the uk cant be bothered to test for this its a bit like the smell given off in a new car the plastics are releasing chemicals

  26. Hello ,my friend,how are you.Thanks for sharing and posting,never know that before in my life,and as a matter of fact,without tools ,oneself hardly or scarcely to do it by oneself and in fact it involve cost plus not to be trained as technician to handle those task.Just take a look for personal reference.Cheers to all.Bookmark for personal reviewing at all.

  27. I have a good friend who is a Gas safe engineer. He introduced me to these fittings when installing my new boiler. I would feel a lot more positive about doing some basic plumbing with these now. Thanks for your very very helpful Video.

  28. 25 years is not a lot. We use pipe in pipe. We install the sleeve along with the electrician and when the carpenters and painters are finished we pull the inner tube. All the sleeves go to a distribution cabinet and there will never be any damaging leaks behind the plasterboards

  29. I had one of those 'Rukko' de burring tools.
    I sent it back for a refund, the rounded triangles on my pipe cutters were better! ☺

  30. Great video, very informative i was quite impressed with the attension to detail demanstrated throughout duratation of video.

  31. It must kill you to have to concentrate on saying the"G" in fittings, watching etc. Doesn't come naturally for many a northerner. Unless you really are posh (Port out Starboard home) Love the vids.

  32. CPVC is discontinued here in Canada, PEX is the way. The crimp on stuff is junk (Pex B) , compression fittings (PEX A) is best

  33. Can I just point out that the three coloured clips provided with the fitting are for the following reason, the White one is to lock one end as described in the video, the Blue and Red clips are to denote if the pipe is being used for Hot or Cold water, and should be placed at the other end of the fitting. they are not simply for locking the fitting.

  34. thank you for showing how to use Push fit, was confused by leaking pipes when using it first time without any tuition, but now feel confident to try again

  35. In modern houses, the pipework is all under the chipboard and buried in the walls, so completely replacing the pipework is a huge job. My house is 21 years old and is all copper piping with solder joints and is in good condition – if it was PEX, I'd be worried that it was nearing the end of it's life. 25 years is not long enough.

  36. Call me old fashioned but I'd still trust a soldered joint much more than something that's simply pushed together with a rubber seal that could deteriorate. Maybe when I've seen a fifty year old one that's not leaking I will change my mind

  37. 5:00 I get the 0-rings but what the tightening does in the apparatus?
    Fascinated to learn more 101 engineering side. / noob

  38. Hi mate can i put a lever isolation tap onto plastic pipe iv got a cold feed goin to my shower i was gonna cut it an put the tap in for isolation reasons

  39. I hate the push fit connections especially when using them with copper. They always leak and require continuity earth bonding. I personally prefer compression fittings as they are least likely to leak

  40. Advert for John Guest PEX piping. Copper is still best.
    25 year guarantee! Manufacturer and plumber will be long gone by then.

  41. 'Idiot proof' means installation doesn't require tasks to remember. Plastic push fittings shouldn't be available to idiots.

  42. How are you getting on with that Monument pipe slice? I have the same one and it's shit! It creates a 'thread' on copper pipe instead of cutting it. I bought a Nerrad to replace it and it's the muts nuts??

  43. Thanks alot, i was having trouble with 2 pipes that look the same size but theyre not. This will fix the problem.

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