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Old 08-25-2009, 07:01 AM   #1
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patching a cast iron pipe


i just replaced a 4 inch pipe in the basement that connects to the sewer line. when we went to the basement to look around, we saw a small leak in the line that goes out to the street. it is really old and probably needs replacing but i am afraid to cut into a piece of it for fear of cracking the rest of the pipe and causing an incredibly expensive repair i can't afford just now. Is is possible to do a patch? the crack appears to be really minute. any suggestions?

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You have to use what is called a "Band Patch". This is only a temporary solution, until you can have a plumber replace with a new section.

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thanks a bunch. i will look for it.
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Now if you are creative, do the Navy way, and use a Rubber patch, Hemp rope, and Tar to make a temp/long term patch. Personally, the band patch is cleaner, but you have to love the Hull tech way.
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Now if you are creative, do the Navy way, and use a Rubber patch, Hemp rope, and Tar to make a temp/long term patch. Personally, the band patch is cleaner, but you have to love the Hull tech way.
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