Do It Yourself Plumbing Made Easy: How to Fix a Burst Pipe with NIBCO Push-to-Connect Fittings

Written by Ashley Petersen 2016-07-21

Have you ever had a pipe burst, but were too intimaded by time-intensive traditional methods to attempt to fix it yourself? Now there is an easy and fast solution to repairing a burst pipe or adding a new line! Engineered to connect to, as well as transition fromcopper, PEX, or CPVC tubing, NIBCO® Push-to-Connect fittings create secure, leak-proof connections with no solder, crimping, joining material, or special tools needed.

So, how easy is it to repair a burst pipe with NIBCO Push-to-Connect fittings? Follow these simple steps, and see for yourself!

Step 1: Shut off Main Water Valve and Gather Your SuppliesDo it yourself plumbing made easy

  • Remember to shut off the main water valve (Push couplings can be installed wet or dry).
  • Tools you need may include the following:
    • a clean, undamaged tube
    • tube cutter or fine toothed saw
    • file or deburring tool
    • a permanent marker
    • for PEX tubing: a PEX stiffener
    • a clean rag
    • Push fitting

Step 2: Mark Section of Pipe to be RemovedDo it yourself plumbing made easy

  • Mark the section of pipe to be removed, keeping in mind that the damaged section of pipe can be no longer than 2".




Step 3: Cut the PipeDo it yourself plumbing made easy

  • Cut the section of copper tube along your marks using a tube cutter or find toothed saw. Make sure to cut the tube end square!
  • Water may drain out.


Step 4: Deburr the TubeDo it yourself plumbing made easy

  • Deburr the tube inside and out using a half-round file or deburring tool to eliminate sharp edges.
  • It is important to clean to tube end with your rag to remove all dirt, oil, and grease.


Step 5: Mark the Tube for InsertionDo it yourself plumbing made easy

  • Mark the tube to indicate the proper tube insertion depth.
  • If you are using PEX tubing, you will need to use a PEX stiffener to prevent bending.



Step 6: Insert the PipeDo it yourself plumbing made easy

  • Insert to a depth of 7/8" for 1/2" nominal pipe.
  • Insert to a depth of 1" for a 3/4" nominal pipe.
  • The slip coupling has two marks on it which indicate the "slip end" and the "roll stop mark". The "slip end" should be inserted first, and the "roll stop mark" is where the pipe will stop after sliding back.
  • Push the "slip end" on the pipe until it stops at the "roll stop mark".

Step 7: Disengage the GripDo it yourself plumbing made easy

  • Use the removal tool to disengage the grip.
  • Slide coupling back to the other tube until it reaches the mark.




Step 8: Make Sure Tube and Fitting are SecureDo it yourself plumbing made easy

  • Make sure the tube and fitting are securely connected by checking that the depth mark meets the release collar.
  • That's all there is to it!




Consistent, cost effective, and backed by more than 100 years of experience, NIBCO Push lets you continue to push ahead to your next project! Want more information? Download "The Essential Push-to-Connect Quick Reference Guide" now for free!

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