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Old 12-13-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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any suggestions on an easy way to unthread this brass cleanout plug?
It has a square wrench flat on it but thats worn down and basically useless.

Is this thing wrapped in lead? Is it a bell and spiggot connection?
Is the brass plug threaded into some cast iron piece?

Should I drill and tap two holes into the brass plug and make my own handle?

thx for any help
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:18 PM   #2
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If it's brass--this is what I have done---
Use a hammer and knock the center out---hit the square lug repeatedly and it will break---
then drill a series of holesfrom the threads to the open center--mught make more than one 'cut' using the drill---

then collapse the lid away from the threads using a cold chisel and a hammer---

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Old 12-13-2012, 04:30 PM   #3
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If it's brass--this is what I have done---
Use a hammer and knock the center out---hit the square lug repeatedly and it will break---
then drill a series of holesfrom the threads to the open center--mught make more than one 'cut' using the drill---

then collapse the lid away from the threads using a cold chisel and a hammer---
The drill is a nice touch! I usually just keep beating it with the cold chisel until it collapses
Replace it with a plastic plug when your done
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:32 PM   #4
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There is a ring of lead you can drill out and pull out the plug. The sell a rubber ring that will go into the hub and then you can put in a peace of PVC.

I would take an angle grinder and make cut a slit in the cap and use a chunk of metal like a large flat head screw driver.

If you cut hole in it and use a hacksaw blade to cut out a chunk like a pie peace. Then you can bend it into it self and pull it out.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:56 PM   #5
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Don't hit the cast you'll be sorry if it cracks. Just make sure your messing with the cap only.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:53 PM   #6
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yep use chisel and hammer hit edge of cap until it comes off....don't be afraid hit it .... if it breaks good will come out easier....ben sr
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:53 PM   #7
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you can drill a hole on the edge of the brass then insert a hacksaw blade and cut the threads of the brass. May take four holes and cuts and the plug will collapse. You do not want to cut the cast, but if you do cut alittle into the iron threads that would be okay as well. That brass would be too soft to tap and thread, it would just tear apart.
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I wonder if there's standing water behind it. Better have a bucket or two handy
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WOW ! Standing water what a reminder. I had that happen a couple times. I'll leave out the details.
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WOW ! Standing water what a reminder. I had that happen a couple times. I'll leave out the details.
I pulled up to one of our mainline calls one day- only to find our plumber in the back of the van changing his shirt. He asked me if I had my shop vac....
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Looks like he is in dirt. Maybe he rotated the picture or shot it at an angle, and the CO is really facing up? I'm sure he drilled 1/4 inch hole through the middle to relieve head pressure, don't ya think?

Leather gloves, Safety glasses, Lump hammer, and cold chisel with guard. Break dat bee-ach out o dare. Pinch Nose, Shop Vac, Clean Threads, put back PVC CO mit mung on treads.
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WOW ! Standing water what a reminder. I had that happen a couple times. I'll leave out the details.
My step dad called me one time to ask me snake his main line. When I got over there he has used toilet paper in his hair and about 45 gallons of water on the floor from trying to open the main clean out and when tapping the pipes in the basement they were still full. He was rather pissed when I told him I would snake it from the septic tank back into the house. I though the tank was full and I was right...
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I personaly would also never suggest beating on the plug.
I have used a paddle bit, made a 3/4 hole and used a sawall with a course toothed blade to make 4 cuts and poped out the plug.
If you can find out who thought using a brass plug was a good idea in there, smack him in the head.
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I personaly would also never suggest beating on the plug.

If you can find out who thought using a brass plug was a good idea in there, smack him in the head.
Brass plugs were used because they could be smashed out when stuck--trying to remove a stuck cast iron plug will waste much of your day---
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Brass plugs were used because they could be smashed out when stuck--trying to remove a stuck cast iron plug will waste much of your day---
I've got a wrench that looks like a valve key. Its 4ft long, big tee handle and a wide flat blade at the bottom that fits a slotted CI plug. Last time I used it- it took two of us- and a few choice words to spin out that plug. It had been there for 40 years.

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