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Old 03-29-2010, 11:53 AM   #1
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Natural Gas Square Head Plug Stuck!


Hello to all. My problem is that I have a square head plug that is stuck onto a t-joint for natural gas piping (1/2"). The piping runs along the ceiling of my basement. The plug is facing down (towards the ground). It has red thread sealant on it. The piping is in between my duct work, so there is not much room to work leverage.

I tried to remove it with a plumbers wrench, but the problem is that my duct work is running along both sides, so it's in a tight spot and I can't get much leverage. I tried tugging on it with two people (a buddy who is 6'4 250 built like an NFL linebacker) and still no luck.

Anyone have any ideas how I can remove this plug? Any type of solvent that can help remove the sealant? Anyone know where I can by a drill bit that will fit a 5/8" square head plug?

I'll try to post a pic later when I get a chance.

Thanks for the help in advance.

And yes, the guy who did the natural gas work also did the duct work. That's what you call great planning!

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Old 03-29-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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How about an automotive socket on a 2' breaker bar? Not sure what size socket you'd need but that might give you more swing than the pipe wrench. I can't imagine how it can be that tight. Be sure (no offense intended) you are turning it the right way; counterclockwise as you look up at it.

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red? sounds like locktite to me, tough stuff
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red? sounds like locktite to me, tough stuff
I applied some liquid wrench and letting it sit to see how it works...

I know I am turning it the right away b/c there is another plug in another area (which is open) and I was able to break it free. It also had the red locktite and it came loose fairly easy. I think it's just a pure leverage issue since I'm working in a tight area.

I'll try the automotive socket later. Thanks guys, I'll keep you updated.
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Why are you pulling the plugs out? If you're adding fixtures to them, are you sure the main line is sized properly to handle the additional load?
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Why are you pulling the plugs out? If you're adding fixtures to them, are you sure the main line is sized properly to handle the additional load?
Adding another line to run for a BBQ grill. The main line is large enough. It was prepped for another line to run, however, the contractor fastented that plug w/ loctite in a tight corner.
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they do make sockets to fit square bolts
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they do make sockets to fit square bolts
Where can I find one (online)? I checked 5 different stores (2 specialize in plumbing) and no luck.
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Where can I find one (online)?
Ayuh,... Sears Craftsman...8 point sockets...
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:23 AM   #10
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Depending on the size of the square you could use an extension as used with a socket set, turned upside down. The open end would fit onto the plug, maybe, and then use another wrench to grab the square end and turn it. I really doubt that the red stuff is Locktite. Most likely some type of pipe thread sealant preferred by the plumber. David
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Buddy at hardware store also recommended the Sears 8 point... Gonna try it out and let you guys know. Thanks for everyones help.

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