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Old 09-02-2004, 03:11 PM   #1
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my outside toilet was never connected to the sewer main although the manhole cover outside the old toilet door has a branch outletpionting to the toilet. I now need to connect an outside drain for a washing machine outlet in the old toilet area, my question is what might I expect when I dig down & how easy is the work going to be:confused:

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Hi Third,
A lot of what you would expect to find depends on what area you are in. The age of the system and your local locality (township) will factor in as well. New systems are generally made with PVC piping. This is relatively easy to work with. Most older systems will use lead, clay or concrete drains. all of these are a bit harder to deal with.

If you live in a colder climate the pipes are generally buried deeper, This makes it a bigger project just to get to them. I live in Illinois and have had to dig 4 feet just to get to the pipe.

From looking in the manhole does a pipe actually run in the direction already or is more of a block off or knock out their. If the pipe runs what else might already be hooked up on it?

Can you tell what you existing pipe is made of?

Do your local codes allow use of PVC drains on new construction or updates?

In most cases I would advise to convert to PVC to run new drain line but in some areas this still is not allowed.

Note: Whenever we dig! :D MAKE SURE you don't dig into other utilities Phone, Cable, Power lines, Gas or Water supplies.

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Old 09-04-2004, 09:55 AM   #3
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Hi Thanks for the info, I just dug down 3 foot and found a ceramic pipe leading to the sewer, now the problem;the area between the footings of the building and the sewer block is too narrow to do any work, so I may have a cunning plan. The inside of the sewer block measures 3 foot from the man hole cover to the drain off run, the side wall is made of 3 concrete sections ie each 1 foot deep, so could I drill through the side wall and put a plastic pipe through the wall from the proposed drain? thanks again Bob K
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Make sure you can seal this pipe off so water won't flow into the ground if you main backs up. If a rubber coupler can be found these are nice. If the hole you are trying to seal is relatively close I have seen concrete used. I believe it is just pored around the joint. I have seen this on added cleanouts on ceramic when they just dig down to the pipe and break a hole in the top to add the cleanout pipe. (I don't know if this method is still used) but I would think it would be ok for your application.
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