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Old 07-19-2013, 06:20 AM   #1
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I am doing a kitchen renovation and have discovered that the original drywallers put a drywall nail (still there) in the 3.5" ABS vertical drain stack. It probably has been there for 25 years! There appears to be no leaking but I want to repair this while it is still open. Any suggestions?

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Old 07-19-2013, 06:38 AM   #2
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Cut through the pipe where the nail is and install a coupler. I suppose you could also patch the pipe with a piece of ABS glued over the hole but I doubt that is to code.

I'd let someone else chime in besides me.


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Simple or fancy?

Simple----buy an ABS repair coupling (that one has no stops in the center)
Cut it in half---clean,prime and glue it over the puncture using ABS solvent.

Fancy---cut the pipe at the hole---separate the pipes enough to slip on a rubber fern co fitting or the repair coupling mentioned above---and use that----
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I guess you don't want to hear my suggestion......

Since it's just a vent stack....

Pull the nail.

Take a slip coupling like Oh'Mike suggested...cut off a 1/3 of one side....this should give you enough room that with the flex, it will push over the pipe.

Slop on lots of ABS cement....push on the slip coupling and glue in place. I would use a strap to cinch it up tight while it drys....

But that would be me and my hack....I would rather do that than cut the pipe.
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Agree. Use a slip coupling cut in half. Glue it and then strap it in place with hose clamp. Inspect the pipe to be certain it is not cracked though.
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ready for this one......cut some abs pipe gather the shavings mix it up with abs glue to make a paste ...remove nail sand pipe push some into hole.. apply to make a patch.......ben sr
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How about get a nice new shiny nail and stick it in the hole. Fixing it the correct way doesn't seem to be an option. I seriously doubt cutting the pipe and installing a full coupling would be to hard to accomplish.
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We had a thread like this a long time ago-
some said to put a pop rivet in the hole
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I will confess to this:

3/8" stainless screw with a small rubber washer.
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I will confess to this:

3/8" stainless screw with a small rubber washer.
On a vent pipe? Hell yea......
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I think what is important to point out here.....

Because it is 'just' a vent pipe (single story I'm assuming).....it's not going to have water sitting in it....so just about anything is going to work.

If this was the wet section of a drain? Then a proper repair would be in order.
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ok where did the op say it was a vent stack....my guess if he is in the kitchen ...it is a waste stack???????ben sr..if the bath is above it...
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If final air were done like they are supposed to be. All of this shows...

This is a direct result of code officials not doing there job.
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drywall nail (still there) in the 3.5" ABS vertical drain stack
Good point Ben....for some reason I was thinking vent stack....

A pipe that big means either a second story toilet above or this is the main vent..
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If final air were done like they are supposed to be. All of this shows...

This is a direct result of code officials not doing there job.
Excuse my ignorance but what is final air? Pressurize the vent system?

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