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Old 11-27-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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I have a kitchen drain pipe that has a split in it. I took some siding off the exterior so the plumbing would be easier to access.

As you can see, the pipe runs through a hole in a set of 4 studs. The split in the pipe is right at the elbow and down to almost where it enters the set of 4 studs. I can cut the pipe out. But given the pipe's length, I don't think I can fit a new length of pipe inbetween the 4 set studs and the next stud over. As you might also be able to see, there's a supply pipe on the elbow side of the stud set. I really don't want to notch the set of 4 studs and patch in a piece of wood after the pipe is replaced. I'm at a loss as to how to proceed. Any advice would be much appreciated!


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My answer is based on that being a 1.5" copper drain. Cut out everything to the left of the tee(leave a 1.5" pipe stub) and replace with PVC. Make the connection from PVC to copper with a Fernco connector.



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Old 11-27-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
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I dont think you can use the fernco above inside a wall. But if you can use a a similar one it would have to be a full banded-shielded one.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:05 PM   #4
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I'm guessing that with the trap disconnected under the sink, and the pipe going through the 4 studs cut, you will be able to slide the pipe going through the wall back far enough to give yourself plenty of wiggle room, after which I believe you will have the choice of sweating in a new pipe or doing as RJ suggested.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:27 PM   #5
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I just ran into a problem like this in my kitchen, I cut the pipe with a tiger saw and put a new pipe in with a fernco. I got a qoute for 1,000 dollars lol was not going to happen. It was pretty easy, if you have skills with some tools you should have no problem.
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While you're out shopping for the 1.5" copper x plastic shielded coupling, grab some 1.5" pvc or abs pipe, a coupling(just in case), a new 90, a new trap adapter, glue/primer and a 1 5/8" hole saw to enlarge the stud holes. Maybe get some more wall insulation too and put it between the pipe and exterior. Did your pipe freeze?
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:15 PM   #7
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Wow, thanks all for replying so quickly.

So to clarify: Cut the pipe at the T coupling leaving at least 1.5", add a shielded coupling, and replace everything from the coupling to the garbage displosal with PVC?

Will I only be able to get such a coupling at a plumbing supply, or would one of the big box stores carry those?

We have only had a mild freeze here so far, so I don't think that is what happened. I am a painter and sometimes when I clean brushes at home I kind of press in the sink. I think maybe that put stress on the pipe causing a split.

Oh my, it just occured to me what that white stuff is on the inside of the wallboard. duheerr

Anyway. I have wrapped the pipe in Nashua seal tape, which seems to be working well temporarily. I'm going to remove a bit more siding, spray things down with a bleach solution, allow some time for things to air-out & dry, and replace insulation before closing things up again.

Thanks for the heads up on enlarging the hole through the studs. That hadn't occured to me that it may be necessary.

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