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Old 01-08-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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So, I decided to turn my garage into an addition of my house. However, the problem is that there was a clean out for the sewage system in the garage. I've put in a new clean out outside (not very far away from the old one) and it seems to work great. (As we've had clogs several times since then due to the kiddos flushing various items down the toilet.) Now, how do i cap off the old one to make sure if we have another overflow it wont flood the new room? Can I get some kind of flat cap and seal so it wont leak there? Help would be appreciated. I don't want to get flooring till I'm sure no water will come from this old clean out!

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You could cut it off flush and put a test plug into it.

They do make PVC plugs, depending on the size of the pipe....but it would still have a "head" on it that would sit above the floor.

I don't suppose you're willing to bust a little concrete??

No?

OK, well a test plug might be your best option...but no matter what, something is going to be above the floor a little bit.

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Do you have a picture of it so we can get an idea of how its plumbed?
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I'll take a pic when I get home from work. But it's not threaded, the cap just sits in almost flush with the floor. I wouldn't mind terribly if is barely above the floor when I'm done, as I'm probably putting carpet down. My main concern is I want to make sure it doesn't leak in case we have problems again! I'd rather not bust out concrete if I can help it. Then we'd be getting into stuff this little ole gal can't do!
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get a "dollar plug". At least that is what we call them around here. It is a plug that has a rubber gasket with a nut and bolt and as you tighten the bolt the gasket expands to seal off the pipe. They come in different sizes, so you will have to get the right size. When I have to do something like you are describing, I can usually cut part of the plug off, so it can slide into the pipe a couple of inches, then you can pour a little concrete in the pipe above the plug.
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...it's not threaded, the cap just sits in almost flush with the floor ...
I want to make sure it doesn't leak in case we have problems again!
OK. The fix is rather straightforward...

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I'd rather not bust out concrete if I can help it.
Oh well. The proper fix will include breaking up the floor some.

The end of the pipe needs a threaded fitting that a plug can go in to.
When all is done that should be no higher than the finished floor level.
Lower than finished is fine and probably better for your new use.

Depending on what exists now... is how deep you'll have to dig to fix things.

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Thanks for some great thoughts! At least I know which direction I'm headed. Now I need to decide when I'm ready to bust out the concrete!

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