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Old 01-03-2010, 06:53 PM   #1
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Lead Pipe Cracked at Concrete - Fix Possible?


1950's home. Contractor was working on kitchen and thought there was a small crack in the lead pipe. He pushed it to see and I think he created a small crack in doing so.

The pipe comes up out of the solid concrete slab that our home rests upon. Is there a way to fix this easily? What would be a quick fix, and what would be a "proper" fix? Estimates on proper fix costs would be appreciated.

Unfortunately, we just got the cabinets, counters, all that stuff in so this is a real bummer.

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is it a supply or waste line?

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Waste line.
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how about a picture?
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im guessing its gonna be about impossible to wipe some lead in there,can the cracked area be roughed up enough to repair with epoxy as temp fix if crack is above floor line? yeah i know notmy 1st choice either but sometimes you have to do what you have to do!
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Hard to get pics because it's under the new cabinet, back near the wall, with the crack on the backside. It's right at the base of the floor though...

I'll give the epoxy a shot. I'll let you know how it goes!
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Is that a crawl space or full basement under this kitchen? Take a hint from the Holmes on homes show and 'Just do it right'.

I can see lead in exposed ares,but it SHOULD join cast or similiar before it exits far. Replacing that lead part isnt a big project. 2"PVC is pretty cheap,pipe and fittings
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thanks guys - the epoxy seemed to work. hopefully it bonded and stays put for a long, long time!
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Galvanized pipe was commonly used in the 1950's for small diameter waste lines. Unfortunately, it is not as durable as the larger cast iron pipes it connects to.

This would be a good time to completely remove the old galvanized pipe - if at all possible - as it is certain to fail and leak.
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My 1954 House had the upstairs bathroom 1-1/2" Galvinized sink drain routed down, then through, a 15" horizontal run and then another 4' vertical drop (all with 90 deg elbows) before it hit the cast iron line. One aggressive sink routing opened a leak in the horizontal run.

1-1/2" ABS with sweep bends solved the problem

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My 1954 House had the upstairs bathroom 1-1/2" Galvinized sink drain routed down, then through, a 15" horizontal run and then another 4' vertical drop (all with 90 deg elbows) before it hit the cast iron line. One aggressive sink routing opened a leak in the horizontal run.

1-1/2" ABS with sweep bends solved the problem
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that is ilegal in most areas .thats a lot of weight from that galvanized pipe pushing down on that abs unless you run the abs all the way through the roof/vent
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nice job Pali Bob,,,that has to be better than that galvanized nightmare you had. Is there weight pushing down on that coupling or is bends or fittings/flanges etc holding it up?

original poster-take note of what Bob did and do likewise or your sure to follow same result. IF its galvanized or leaded,, if you could see inside that pipe and see how plugged they ALWAYS are,,you would see the point!! "HERE" we dont use much black abs,,,we use white PVC(with purple primer/glue),,,either will work. Plastic dont plug up like iron or lead.
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purple primer is for use on underground work so inspector can see pipe is primed without climbing in ditch,clear primer is for above grade work.same stuff,just doesnt have nasty purple dye in it.

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