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Old 03-23-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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What to do to stop sewer gasses durring renovation


I searched the forums and couldn't quite find what I was looking for so I started a new thread, if this has been answered and I completely missed it then I apologize ahead of time.

At any rate, my wife and I are in the process of renovating our bathroom, we need to remove the toilet so that we can proceed with tearing up the remainder of the floor and then installing a new flooring. My question is what is the best method to keep any sewer gasses from coming into the bathroom during the whole process. I anticipate the demo and installation taking roughly three weeks due to time constraints. I read somewhere that a rag might suffice, or putting a garbage bag with newspaper stuffed in it then covered with duct tapped might work, I just don't know what the best method is.

Sorry this is so long winded, but thanks for the advice in advance I really appreciate it.

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Old 03-23-2011, 03:51 PM   #2
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they sell plugs for different sizes of pvc or abs with a big wingnut on them to expand them inside the pipe. I know i have seen them at HD or the blue place



here is what it looks like

http://www.hardwareandtools.com/Oate...g-8041709.html
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053


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...or a plastic bag and some rubber bands securing said bag.
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Thanks for the quick reply Danny - it looks as though I just take that test plug thing slip in into the sewer pipe, turn the handle till it holds on it's own and then I'm set. Is that the basic idea there?
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yes it is. we use to have to use them to block off the pipes for testing by filling with water. These were great you should be able to slip it into the toilet flange and just tighten until its snug. make sure you get the right size for your pipe. I was a plumber for 20 years until I got tired of smelling sewer gas and switched to carpentry. sawdust smells so much better.

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Several layers of good old-fashoined duct tape worked fine for me.
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I just put some plastic bags into a plastic bag so that the whole thing is a tight fit in the pipe. Works better than rags (messy) or newspapers in a plastic bag (not soft enough).

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Paper towels are what I use. A decent sized ball of them.
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Paper towels are what I use. A decent sized ball of them.
I've just finished a forced renovation of our master bathroom and had the toilet off for a bit over a week. I just used paper towels and they worked fine.

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