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Old 11-23-2008, 10:26 PM   #1
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Hi to everyone in the forum

Today we discovered a huge problem when going into a storage closet I have.
This closet use to be my laundry room, but now is all storage.
When I went to take out my christmas stuff the closet was full of poop.
Aparently my waste pipe is so plugged up that it was letting loose in my
closet. My neighbor who is a retired plumber said I have a huge problem
he suggested we install a new waste pipe. Does anyone here have
an idea how much would something like this run? It's about 11 feet of
pipe we would have to replace. It's the old galvanized falling apart kind
we have and my husband went underneight the house and he said there
is new pvc once it gets to the outside. But the pipes inside the house are
the old one. If it's too much we might have to do it our selfs since I lost
my job and only my husband is working. But any idea how much something
like this runs?

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Old 11-23-2008, 10:35 PM   #2
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Difficult to believe it is galvanized pipe. If it contains fecal matter, it should be at least a 3" line. I have never seen 3" galvanized installed for waste lines in a house. It should be cast iron. If so, you could replace it with PVC and use "No-Hub" transition couplings from cast to PVC. This is assuming a temporary patch is to be used. It would get you through the holidays and give you time to figure out what you are able to do for a permanent fix.

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Old 11-23-2008, 11:34 PM   #3
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What would be the best route to go? change the pipe to all pvc?
any idea on the cost if a plumber does it?

Thanks so much for the input
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For the look of things, it seems that we are going to have to do it.
My husband says there is no way we can afford a plumber for now.
He said they either charge by the hour or the project and either way it
might be way over what we can afford. As home owners would we have
to contact the city when replacing it ourselfs?

Thanks Again.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:39 AM   #5
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I have no idea how good you get along with your neighbor the retired plumber. That is bartering time. See if he will help you out, he knows you are in a tough spot and need to get this done. Its suppose to be neighbor helping neighbor. At least see if he can walk you and your husband through this project, if not, there are very helpful people here to assist you., and I"m not sure on the contacting the city about replacing a section of pipe.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:49 AM   #6
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I agree with getting some informational help from the neighbor, if he would be willing. If the line is starting to fail in one place, it is likely it will all need to be replaced in the future. The repair should not require any inspector intervention but replacing all of the drain lines may. Your neighbor will know what the codes and requirements are for your area.

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