COMMUNITY FORUM

hilldw

02:40PM | 04/14/04
Member Since: 04/13/04
1 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
Hello everyone,

I am currently trying to create a new drain line for my new washing machine. Unfortunately the only avenue for this to happen is to tap into an old 55 year old clean-out plug. The clean-out is located in the main drain section in the basement which is composed of 3" cast-iron pipe. It looks as if the actual clean-out is made of steel, not brass, and I have had a very hard time removing it. I have put a pipe wrench on the nut and it doesn't budge at all. Does anyone know any tactics for removing a clean-out plug that hasn't been removed in 50+ years? Thanks in advance for any advice.

gtillotson

08:38AM | 04/15/04
Member Since: 11/26/02
33 lifetime posts
I had a similar problem last year with the cleanout plug on a drum trap. I tried all sorts of tricks to free the plug -- pipe wrench, bigger pipe wrench, Liquid Wrench, heat -- and nothing worked. The plug would not budge, and I didn't want to apply force and crack the cast iron.

I finally got the plug out as follows:

-- Drill four holes in the plug (to make the outline of a square).

-- Use a metal cutoff wheel (I used a RotoZip with the ZipMate attachment) to cut out the center square

-- CAREFULLY cut toward the outside of the plug to setup sections that can be tapped out (don't cut into the threads of the main pipe). I started the cuts with the RotoZip and then finished them by hand with a hacksaw blade.

-- Use a cold chisel or something similar to gently tap out the fragments of the plug.

This was the only way I could get mine out. And, since it was overhead, I had the added joy of black murky water dripping down onto my head ;-).

Once the plug is out, you can find a replacement plastic/PVC plug (sometimes hard to find, but they are available).


plumber Tom

07:25PM | 04/17/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
810 lifetime posts
Illegal to run a drain into a C/O. It's there for a reason. For access to a blocked drain. What you want to try to do if possible is: Cut in a 3 x 2 wye fitting and install a standpipe for the washing machine. Install the standpipe at least 36" high.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

A simple banquette piled with pillows and lit from above with a wall sconce is a tempting spot to curl up with a favorite ... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2