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Old 08-20-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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HELP ASAP Relocating Shower Drain In Slab - Drain Pipe Loose


Hello All,

I broke out the concret to the dirt. The old galvanized steel pip broke/cracked while trying to cut it down for new elbow. While working on it, I notice this pipe being loose. I dug down to where it connects to another vertical pipe. It seems to be connected somehow, but at the same time, it turns a little AND moves vertically a little. I also see a little moisture at the connection. My question is: Does this need to be replaced? Is it supposed to be loos or have movement? Really need help fast. Thanks.

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Yes, it needs to be replaced.
No, if its older galvanized pipe it should not move. The threads have probably rusted through.
Is all the pipe underslab and exposed?
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Yes, it is. I've cleared alot of dirt but not enough to expose the trap and lead to the stack/sewer. Will the loose piece unscrew? If so, I guess I could inspect the threads (if they exist) on the connection and maybe replace the one that's loose? Or, as I've seen online, should I expose the line, and maybe cut off the trap aswell, and run a new line, interface to the old pipe going to the stack/sewer?

I really appreciate the knowledge. Thank you.
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I'm having a hard time picturing your piping. Can you upload a picture?
Any loose joints need to be examined and repaired/replaced. Sounds like you may have a lead and oakum joint thats loose.
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Yes. From what Im reading here and pics I see.
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Worst F'ing week. No I cant get the pics up. Not working all-the-sudden.
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