01:21PM | 06/23/06
Member Since: 06/22/06
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I live in a two story home that was built in 1965 and discovered a leak that was damaging the ceiling in the family room on the first floor. I opened the ceiling and found that the elbow connected the the second floor bathroom drain pipe had been replaced using two straight pieces of rubber hose, four clamps and an elbow joint made from PVC. I assume that the original cast iron elbow had failed and the previous owners attempted to repair the pipe as best they could. I am wondering if there is a better way to fix the pipe, I have no problem doing it myself unless it requires a real plumber. I am trying to be as mindful as I can about cost.

Thanks for any resposes in advance


06:03AM | 06/24/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Got to love the inferior products out there that folks put in their homes and code officasls that money can buy to allow these products to be sold/used in their locality.

The "rubber hose" with the two clamps sounds like a Fernco coupling and the PVC is used by the unskilled or by contractors insisting their sub contractors do the jobs as fast and cheap as possible.

With that said what I would do in this case is go out and get a piece of No Hub cast iron domestic quality like (Charlotte) and No Hub couplings 60 inch torque should be fine.

Rent a cast iron cutter of wear proper protection and use a cutting wheel on a grinder.

If you can try to get either a short sweep or a long sweep NOT a 1/4 bend to replace the plastic garbage.

If you feel this is beyond your capabilities hire a LMP and if they try to use plastic tell them "please do not let the door hit you in your arse on your way out"


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