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Old 10-03-2016, 04:46 PM   #1
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Capping ABS Drain


We're going from a double sink vanity to a single one like this:

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Which means we need to cap and recess the two supply lines and the drain pipe for the second sink and then patch the drywall.

Am I supposed to use a solvent cap or one of those blue poly test caps for capping the black 1 1/2" ABS drain pipe? How do you know when to use one over the other? The drains will not be accessible afterwards and tiled over.

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Old 10-03-2016, 05:44 PM   #2
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Not sure how anyone would know without a picture of under the sink.
Most often you would jut replace the whole thing from the wall out, no caps needed.
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Ayuh,.... It's All "T"ed together behind the wall,..?? Right,..??

Insteada cappin' the business ends, replace the "T"s in the side yer continue to use,....
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Test caps are for temporary use. Solvent weld anything permanent.

But, as stated above, get rid of the extra pipes properly.
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What difference would it make if I'd just cap the Ts as opposed to replacing them with straight couplings, if the wall will be closed?
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What difference would it make if I'd just cap the Ts as opposed to replacing them with straight couplings, if the wall will be closed?
Makes no difference. Cap them with permanent caps as close as practical to the tees.
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I dont trust my soldering skills enough so I was going to glue an ABS cap but use two sharkbite caps for the copper.

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This is what I'm working with:

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There isn't enough room to pull the hot line off the 2x4 to get my mini cutter in there.
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Capping ABS Drain


Plumber came. I asked him to replace the T's with couplings but he kept insisting that it's not necessary:

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Plumber burned your wood.
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I asked him to replace the T's with couplings but he kept insisting that it's not necessary:
Agree. Considerably more work and would have taken a lot longer and cost you more.

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Yes, pretty sloppy for a pro.
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He was here for 15-20 min max and asked 80$. Is that fair?
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He was here for 15-20 min max and asked 80$. Is that fair?
If it was worth it to you and you agreed to it, it's perfectly fair. Or at least it's a fair exchange of money for time, although arguably you were paying for skilled time and not for burning your wood like that.

Whether it is competitive (in cost, professionalism, quality, and responsiveness) depends on your market.
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He was here for 15-20 min max and asked 80$. Is that fair?
Yes, fair.
$80.00 usually just covers traveling time. There is usually another one hour minimum tacked on and a 15-25 dollar truck charge as well.
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Yes, fair.
$80.00 usually just covers traveling time. There is usually another one hour minimum tacked on and a 15-25 dollar truck charge as well.

Since when are we supposed to pay for a tradesman's travelling time? If the guy takes 6 hours to fix something, aren't I supposed to pay him those 6 hours, or at the the very most, 6.5 hours if he needed to go the store for parts? I didn't know I need to pay the guy from travelling time too... is this the norm?

One hour minimum I can relate to, so the job isn't pointless or not worth it for them.

What's a "truck charge?"
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