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I have just replaced a half round gutter joint as the old one had a broken clip. No name or markings on the old joint so I bought a FloPlast Half Round Union Bracket 112mm. This is the type with a round detachable clip.
It is the right size but the clips are so tight. Thank goodness I bought a couple of spare clips because I have already broken one and trapped my finger in the clip when making the second attempt to force the clip over the rim.
I had a quick google and I see 2 suggestions. Either a pair of Waterpump Pliers or some Self Grip Pliers (Mole Grip Pliers??) to grab the clip/save the fingers/ make this job easier.
But which?
Can you suggest specific pliers, maybe give a link, and offer your tips/techniques to a novice please.
It is a Bungalow so fortunately I am not endangering my life.
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The different makes are all subtly different, which may be you problem.
Pliers will mark the plastic, and may well break the fittings.
Do you have a decent pair of work gloves?
The clips aren't that bad to get on and off normally if you have a reasonably strong grip, particularly as it's not cold at present.



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The only gloves I have are the rubberised garden gloves which protect from brambles but gave my index finger no protection from the clip.
I think you are making a good suggestion. Proper work gloves.

The clip broke when I pushed with considerable force. My instinct is that someone will have a technique to lift/prise the plastic catch over the gutter lip (and then to push) but I haven't figured it out yet.
If I have to practice at least the clips are cheap. 10 for £6.


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Buy a can of silicone spray and give the jointing parts a spray first that will help.



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https://www.tool-net.co.uk/p-324178/eve ... gLCV_D_BwE



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As toolbox says a squirt of silicone helps the plastic move against the rubber.
All I've ever done is engage the clip at the back and then pull the clip with my index finger while "springing" the whole fitting a bit and pulling the gutter into place.
I usually wear a decent pair of rigger gloves. Bought a pair of these just yesterday.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mens-Kingfish ... SwRUhY89-A



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PVC can be warmed with a hair dryer which will soften it up and make it less likely to break.



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