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07:25AM | 01/04/02
Member Since: 01/03/02
2 lifetime posts
The drain line from our cast iron tub is lead and is brazed (?) to the large 90 that connects the toilet to the main stack. The tub drain has a dip in it and does not have a trap. I would like to replace the lead pipe with PVC but don't want to touch the tub drain- toilet 90 connection (the brazed part). Question #1: Can I cut the lead pipe at the braze and connect a new PVC line (to go to the tub) with a fernco?
Question #2: Do I make a P-trap with individual PVC fittings or can I buy a P-trap. My local home store has P-traps for sinks but nothing labelled specifically for tubs.
Sorry for the length-hope I explained the problems. Thanks


10:21AM | 01/04/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Jayjay,
First of all one should not connect a Fernco coupling to a lead pipe. It is simply too soft. If you know how to solder, you can fix this yourself. However, the easiest way is to remove the lead right to the cast iron and install your Fernco coupling and run PVC from there. Second, yes you can purchase a P-trap all put together. Also, lead pipes have been around since the 1800's and any lead setup is probably rotten by now, hence, do not clamp it. My best suggestion is to call an old plumber. The newer guys just do not have the experience with lead. Wiping a lead joint is not on most of the plumbers tests any more. Also you're probably not vented as per existing code. Spend the cash and have it done right.
If you need more info, holler back.


03:42PM | 01/07/02
Member Since: 01/03/02
2 lifetime posts
Iceman, thanks. jay

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