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Old 01-23-2011, 10:12 AM   #1
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Just had to auger out the sewer line, but had to go through the cleanout in the floor drain rather than the big one because I couldn't get the big plug to budge. I would like to remove the main plug so I can fit a larger "blade" on the auger to clean out the pipe better. The plug is brass, says 3 1/2" on it but diameter is really 4 5/8", it has 4 raised square heads on it. So first of all, I can't get it off, don't know if a special key would help? I only have a pipe wrench big enough to grab one of the 4 square heads. Second of all, is this plug replaceable? I can't find anything that size in case I ended up chiseling the old one out. I spose a picture would help.

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Just had to auger out the sewer line, but had to go through the cleanout in the floor drain rather than the big one because I couldn't get the big plug to budge. I would like to remove the main plug so I can fit a larger "blade" on the auger to clean out the pipe better. The plug is brass, says 3 1/2" on it but diameter is really 4 5/8", it has 4 raised square heads on it. So first of all, I can't get it off, don't know if a special key would help? I only have a pipe wrench big enough to grab one of the 4 square heads. Second of all, is this plug replaceable? I can't find anything that size in case I ended up chiseling the old one out. I spose a picture would help.
No need for a picture. Brass plugs often get seized in place and can be difficult to remove. It's not problem to just beat it out with a hammer and chisel. Take care not to let any of the brass drop into the line. Once you break through it with a chisel, you can grab it with a pair of channel locks and pry it out. When you're finished, you can replace it with a 3 1/2" ABS plug.

Also, don't use the same cable you used to go through the floor drain. It's not big enough and may get stuck in the line. You need a big machine 11/16 cable and 3-4" blade. If you've never used a machine like that before, I'd suggest having a professional do it. They're extremely dangerous.

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