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thatguy59 11-23-2011 11:51 AM

Is this a DIY project?
 
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Condo - 3rd floor, no one living above
18-20 years old
Until I replaced it, sink is original.

So, I installed a new sink in my guest bathroom. I proceeded to do a water test and it passed...somewhat. Nothing below the sink is leaking, but I heard a DRIP in the wall about 5 feet to the left (behind the toilet tank). I cut the wall open and came to find out that the "T" connection was cracked and leaking (picture attached).
I am thinking, when I installed the pluming under the sink, I disturbed the connection, which is roughly 18 years old and it cracked.

Is this something i can replace?

Thanks for your comments, advise - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

TheEplumber 11-23-2011 12:27 PM

If your handy, you can do it, but its not real simple, may by a hiccup along the way- have patience
What you need is a 3 x1.5 PVC santee (if I see the pipe in the picture correctly), 2- 3" ferncos, 1- 1.5" pvc coupling or fernco, short pieces of 1.5 and 3" pvc pipe, glue and primer.
Cut the existing pipes back about 6" or more from the tee. Build the new tee up with matching pieces of pipe you cut out. Glue the 1.5" coupling on the existing pipe. Slip the ferncos completely on the 3" pipe. Slip the tee assembly into position-glue and primer the 1.5" pipe into the coupling. Position the ferncos correctly and tighten bands. Test for leaks.

zircon 11-24-2011 10:01 AM

Looking at that cracked tee, I can't see how working five feet away could have caused that break. Unless 18 yo PVC gets very brittle, it looks like a very strong downward force parallel to the 3" pipe caused the break such as the building settling. Is there any evidence that it has been leaking for a while? I think it is the condo's responsibility to fix that common element.

hammerlane 11-24-2011 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by TheEplumber (Post 777552)
If your handy, you can do it, but its not real simple, may by a hiccup along the way- have patience
What you need is a 3 x1.5 PVC santee (if I see the pipe in the picture correctly).

Eplumber....I may be wrong but to me that looks like a vent tee(straight tee) not a san-tee if I see it correctly. Right.

If he tries using a san-tee and it is a vent tee, there is a little difference in height of the tap as compared to a vent tee.

Anti-wingnut 11-24-2011 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by zircon (Post 778093)
Looking at that crack I think it is the condo's responsibility to fix that common element.

Winner

AllanJ 11-24-2011 07:08 PM

Check your condo documents (bylaws, etc.) to see who is responsible.

The most common situation has the condo association covering (all of you owners sharing) the cost of the repair if you did not cause the break and one or both of the following conditions is true:

1. The space in which the pipe is located is between two units.
2. The pipe serves two or more units including for venting.

In addition, in some cities an unlicensed person may not perform plumbing in a building containing more than X dwelling units or a building that contains various spaces owned by different unrelated persons.

ben's plumbing 11-24-2011 07:17 PM

you did not crack this fitting look at the crack its all dark and looks like its been leaking for some time....and if you are handy with plumbing you can fix this ....follow eplumber advice on the repair your in good hands....Ben

hammerlane 11-24-2011 07:36 PM

Do you guys agree thats not a sanitary tee.

ben's plumbing 11-24-2011 07:43 PM

it looks and old sanitary tee to me ....and the fact that it leaks when you run water through it say its drainage....

ben's plumbing 11-24-2011 07:47 PM

even if it was a vent tee in wrong the repair would be the proper tee all that would happen after cutting tee out it would lower tee from 1.5 center line alittle lower 3" pipe on top and bottom cut 6" away would still connect ok.

hammerlane 11-24-2011 08:06 PM

you're right...I had a brain freeze. Just cut lower on the stack so tap of the San-T lines up with branch drain

Anti-wingnut 11-24-2011 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by AllanJ (Post 778355)
Check your condo documents (bylaws, etc.) to see who is responsible.

The most common situation has the condo association covering (all of you owners sharing) the cost of the repair if you did not cause the break and one or both of the following conditions is true:

1. The space in which the pipe is located is between two units.
2. The pipe serves two or more units including for venting.

In addition, in some cities an unlicensed person may not perform plumbing in a building containing more than X dwelling units or a building that contains various spaces owned by different unrelated persons.

I would say that the most common situation is that the Association owns all the plumbing built into walls

ben's plumbing 11-24-2011 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by hammerlane (Post 778378)
you're right...I had a brain freeze. Just cut lower on the stack so tap of the Sant-T lines up with branch drain

hey don't feel bad happens to the best of us i had one "a brain freeze" last week so bad it took my 15 yr old nephew 45 min to release me....ha ha Ben

Service plumber 11-24-2011 08:21 PM

If it was strictly on a vent, the tee would have been turned upside down. It's a sanitary tee used for drainage and it really isn't a hard fix at all. Maybe 20 bucks worth of material and 30 minutes at most. It has been leaking for a good little while not something that happened in the last couple days

hammerlane 11-24-2011 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Service plumber (Post 778386)
If it was strictly on a vent, the tee would have been turned upside down.

You're really assuming the installer would of / should of inverted the San T for venting


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