How to remove an olive




It can be difficult removing an olive from a piece of pipe, although you can buy dedicated tools for the job such as an olive cutter or an olive puller. In many cases you can remove the olive by striking the nut with a large adjustable spanner. Copper olives and brass olives can both be removed using this method.

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37 Comments

  1. JD
    September 26, 2015
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    Those are called olives? You learn something new everyday. Thanks again handyman

  2. eamonn280958
    September 26, 2015
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    Nice! I never knew you could do it without cutting them Ta!.

  3. TomKnowsHow
    September 26, 2015
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    What about using a hacksaw on it as much as you dare before you hit it?

  4. BeardyRebel
    September 26, 2015
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    Just a little ingenuity and The Ultimate Handyman always has the answers. Well done Chez!

  5. Jared Shaffer
    September 26, 2015
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    Olive…interesting. In America those are known as ferrules or compression rings.

  6. Virulent
    September 26, 2015
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    laying down no-bs facts good job handyman

  7. Danzer McGee
    September 26, 2015
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    Alternatively make a diagonal cut with a hacksaw across the olive and then use a flat head screwdriver in the diagonal cut to break the olive.

  8. TheGreybelly
    September 26, 2015
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    A hacksaw cut part way through,insert flat blade screwdriver in slot and turn. Often works.Has to be a decent tip on the driver though.

  9. FoodOnCrack
    September 26, 2015
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    I was so curious how you got an olive in that pipe. Turned out it is not the kind of olive that you eat with tapas .

  10. jcreswick
    September 26, 2015
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    My wife can  pull em off with her teeth then twist the pipe into a bugle and play the last post…that's talent!

  11. kardredren
    September 26, 2015
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    0:22 50 bar?

  12. Jo Baecker
    September 27, 2015
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    I have always thought that olives permanently deform to fit the joint cavity after the nut is tightened. (?) Even if not, I'm surprised why someone would risk re-using them. They are so inexpensive.

  13. George MacDonald
    September 27, 2015
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    Considering as the pressure that comes out your tap is 1.5 to 2 bar I fairly sure that wasn't tested to 50 bar

  14. Ultimate Handyman
    September 27, 2015
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    @ George MacDonald
    How do you know what pressure the water is at my tap?
    Some peoples water pressure is 6 bar around here.
    The 50 bar was done using a pressure testing machine 😉
    Thanks for the comment

  15. hucks33
    September 27, 2015
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    Another way is to make a small cut with a junior hack saw, you don't need to go all the way through, than twist it off with a slotted screw driver.

  16. david rabone
    September 27, 2015
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    thats all well and good . when you've got 2 feet of tube and a solid grip

  17. David Worsley
    September 28, 2015
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    Finally a good reason to use an adjustable spanner!

  18. david rabone
    September 28, 2015
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    yes i totally understand that

  19. anthony duvall
    October 2, 2015
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    good vid mate .. my dad could tap the olive off with a fixed spanner back in his day .. im the 3rd generation plumber in our family ..

  20. adytza4u
    October 2, 2015
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    the easyest way to take it off is to tap it with a little hammer all around (the olive must rest on a heavy base metal or flat concrete ) , it will go off after 4-5 taps.

  21. Zed Man
    October 3, 2015
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    good tip, however most of the time you are trying to remove an olive you have about 4" of pipe! I tend to just use some water pump pliers and grip the olive ever so slightly (experience over time will tell you by how much) and with a bit to to and fro action will come off. I especially use this on radiator pipes as you normally don't have a huge amount of pipe to play with.

  22. FoodOnCrack
    November 14, 2015
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    Found some old scrap copper piping in my shed, had to remove brass compression fittings, and to do that i had to remove an olive. First thing i thought of was looking up your video! 🙂

  23. Arks Ekrem
    November 18, 2015
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    All good. But it's true what he said at the end..sometimes especially in confined spaces, you'll need the olive puller. That's why im in screwfix now lol

  24. Peter Brown
    July 7, 2016
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    Thank you dear unseen person. Just the trick I needed to know.

  25. CreamPie9uy
    August 16, 2016
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    If the olive is a bit too stubborn or you are struggling for space to use the spanner method, use a junior hacksaw. Just cut a small slice in the olive making sure not to damage the pipe then use a flat head screwdriver in the slot, twist and it will split the olive. Olive splitters are so damn expensive and you need one for each size of pipe.

  26. Beppe Sapone
    November 11, 2016
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    WD40 help or a drop of oil ?

  27. diver dave
    December 4, 2016
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    …mmm??? is that a metric or standard Spanner wrench !

  28. theone 111777
    December 5, 2016
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    I've never heard a ferrule called an olive.

  29. wardyuk16
    December 30, 2016
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    Brilliant! Worked a treat – thank you so much!

  30. mixwell1983
    January 21, 2017
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    Piss off mate, i have a tool which i found in my grandpas garage and ive tightened the fuck out of to get the olive as you call it off. Its a wedge shape and now i can play the fucken trambone with it because its spread out the pipe. Im about to get the sawzall and cut the motherfucker behind the nut.. Ive not been this angry at something for a long while so excuse my frustration.

  31. mixwell1983
    January 21, 2017
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    Well i got mine done, had to use a sawzall or use the old fitting. Brand new nut, olive and valve, doesnt leak but i hated having to trim the copper line. Thats something you cannot do every time you need to change. In retrospect the puller tool i used coulda made it easier if i sanded the calcium shit off but with my new valve and olive im hoping i dont have to muck about with for another 15 years

  32. David's Favorite Videos
    February 21, 2017
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    I never reuse that piece, way cheaper and faster to use a new one. Using it over you can't guarantee it won't leak.

  33. BLKAVALON NAHC
    February 27, 2017
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    It would NOT work on my copper pipe 4 inches out from the wall. The way you shown people to knock it out of the pipe, would you have to worry about the soldered end get damaged inside the wall?

  34. Qamar Ul Islam
    March 3, 2017
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    great video

  35. Vishwan Purandat
    March 27, 2017
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    We call the olive a ferol and we call an adjustable wrench a dunceman favourite tool.

  36. Jusb1066
    May 31, 2017
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    Blutos been getting Olive off for years, time to eat your spinach Popeye!

  37. Cameron
    November 12, 2017
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    Man, you just saved my life with the monkey wrench olive puller trick. Thank you! Thank you Youtube!!

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