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Old 06-13-2011, 04:45 PM   #1
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I installed a laundry sink in a "temporary" place (it will move when i finish my basement in..... 10 years). I was not planning to have it there so did not rough it in when i plumbed my house. In order to install it, I cut the "main drain" in the basement (3") and installed a 3x3x1-1/2 TY. I was not able to get both ends in the fitting because I have absolutely no play in the pipe up and down. I had to put a flexible coupler above my TY fitting.

I was able to slip an abs coupler on but i must not have applied enough glue and or it got wet before it could set up. So it leaked from the bottom when tested... out came the chisel and off came the coupler. That is when I gave up and installed the flexible coupler. I am going away for work for a few days and could not leave it (girlfriend would have no bathroom).

Would you leave the flexible coupler or try again to get an abs one glued on?

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Are you talking about a fernco coupler......rubber with hose clamps? If so they are used quite often and will be just fine for a drain line connection.....especially a temporary one

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Are you talking about a fernco coupler......rubber with hose clamps? If so they are used quite often and will be just fine for a drain line connection.....especially a temporary one
Yes, its a different brand name, just the only thing i could find at the hardware store.

hahah yes "temporary" = a long a$$ time
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Would you be compelled to change it if you were going to drywall both sides of the wall, or are they that trustworthy? I just never used one before, i see them all the time, just looking for some reassurance, or someone to tell me to stop slacking and put an abs coupler on .
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I've seen them closed up inside walls plenty of times, especially the reinforced ones (metal band wraps around the entire connector)
Not something I've ever done myself though.......
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Ben,

Couplers, like the Fernco brand, are a common way to join lengths of cast iron pipe together. If you have little, or no movement, available then you should try an ABS repair coupling.


No lip inside so it's easy to around & glue. A ferno works just as well, but I use the repair one with no problems.
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Just adding about the ferncos, that also for joining abs to cast or copper.

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