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Old 12-04-2007, 05:46 PM   #1
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17 years ago I had a washer installed in my apartment. The installation was been trouble free except that the standpipe developed a small leak right where it goes into the trap. The joint between the pipe and trap was a little wobbly but the leak was not troublesome (a small container placed underneath was sufficient to catch the small amount of water).

But my washer finally died and when removing it the pipe really became loose. I was able to pull it out to discover an unthreaded joint, caulked with string!
This actually worked flawlessly for 15 years

The question is, how do I re-secure the pipe. I live in NYC and it costs $185 to get a plumber in and considering the simple and effective connection I had I'd rather avoid that if possible. I read about plumbers epoxy but don't want to make a joint that can't be undone if necessary. How about silicone?

Any suggestions.

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Old 12-04-2007, 09:25 PM   #2
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Is is plastic pipe? What type of pipe?

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The pipe is copper.


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Wrap yellow (gas pipe) teflon tape around it till it is real snug.
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Why do you want to set it up so that you can remove it .... why not set it up permanently by soldering and have no leak...
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Replace the trap and stand pipe with ABS or PVC pipe. Simple to do.
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The trap is almost right up against the wall, fastened with a large nut around the joint and hemmed in by other pipes. If this pipe is unremovable it could present a problem in the future,.

By the way (in case you can't tell) I know nothing about plumbing, just don't want to do irreparable damage.

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