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Old 09-28-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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Removing Cast Iron in Ceiling


Do the chain cutters from Home Depot work well or will it split the cast iron making it more of a challenge in the long run?

I want to take all the plumbing in these pictures and move them to the bays in the wall. The cast iron piping all connects to the left, I was hoping to get the lines to the basement and then connect them where there is more room. I will also have to move the water lines and vent pipe.

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Chain cutters are great for snapping CI pipe. But looking at your pictures, I'd get a cordless drill with a 5/16 driver bit and remove the couplings instead of trying to wrestle the cutters over your head

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Should I be using 4" out of my toilet before I downsize it to 3" for the horizontal run to the basement?
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Should I be using 4" out of my toilet before I downsize it to 3" for the horizontal run to the basement?
Id run 3" all the way.
Creating a funnel in a drain is not a good idea.
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Thanks for all your help so far. I have 2 sinks and a shower (guest bath that rarely gets used) that are in the joist bays next to the large soil pipe that you see in the pictures. The sinks are already vented, so I am wondering if it makes sense to cut a hole in the middle of the joist and put them all into the soil pipe right away.
That way I will be able to get rid of two connections in the joist bays before I even get to the end of the wall where they have to go down stairs.
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