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Old 03-04-2011, 11:48 AM   #1
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Poured lead cleanout

I had a kitchen sink back up on me last night so I decided to snake the cleanout. The plug and a liner came loose from the lead. I was able to pry the lead out, but now I am left with a 3" cast iron pipe with no threads and no plug. I put in a plastic test plug as a temporary fix, but is there a way other than pouring lead in again as a permanent fix? I can add a picture later if it will help.



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Old 03-04-2011, 05:13 PM   #2
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I think a 4 inch gem cap (rubber cap with hose clamp) will fit around a three inch hub, then you can tighten it up and it should be good.


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Old 03-04-2011, 05:26 PM   #3
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The same thing happened to me at my daughters house about 2 months ago I did what broox recommended and it worked good. She even had a main sewer backup and I could tell by the pressure on the cap how far it was in the pipe.

Just make sure you get the band nice and tight.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:21 PM   #4
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Another solution would be to refill the joint with oakum and PC4.
You will have to pack the oakum in first with a hammer and the proper tools, then use the PC4, soaked in water, and again packed in the joint.
You will not like the price of the PC4 as I believe it is quite expensive as it comes in a large can, enough to do many joints.
I would suggest you follow the advice from the above posters and try to find an approved rubber cap that will fit over the hub on the cast iron pipe.
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