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  1. Plumbing
    Everyone -- First I want to apologize if this has been addressed before or if I use the wrong terminology. Plumbing is not my strongest point. It seems that whenever I need to clean out a drain, or otherwise need to replace the drain clean-out cover, I have all sorts of problems. Even when I...
  2. Plumbing
    In my basement, the house plumbing exits to the sewer in a dug out corner. Th cast iron pipe is embedded in bare earth, with a Y clean-out. I want to fill this with an inch or two of concrete, to seal the building envelope. However, I want to maintain the sewer clean-out in case there's ever...
  3. Plumbing
    I have cast iron pipe, built in 1970. A galvanized connection is LEAKING. The scale and rust stops sewage from gushing out. Another leak is bugging me too, it is a little newer and a donut gasket connection. Rust blobs are appearing at the connection. How can I fix it? Will epoxy putty fix the...
  4. Plumbing
    Hey guys, My wife and I are renovating a 1930s house that is in much need of some love. We have just stripped everything to the studs and ceiling joists (it was all wood lathe and plaster, not fun) and will be completely rewiring the house, new insulation, new decking and roofing, new...
  5. Plumbing
    Does anyone know what exactly I would do to remove the cast iron from the foundation from the outside wall of the house. Would a jack hammer be the tool to use? I am worried about cracking the foundation or having cracks show up in other places in the house when I drill into it. I have...
  6. Plumbing
    After my 80 year old cast iron plumbing began to leak I started replacing the over flow and drain assembly with PVC on my first floor bathroom tub. After finally removing the cast iron plumbing I began dry fitting the new PVC parts and discovered that the drain flange and the drain shoe/waste...
  7. Plumbing
    Hi all, With apologies for my newbieness... I have just converted my home from boiler heat to forced air. My next mission is to remove the (exposed) piping in the basement, and to remove all six cast iron radiators littered across my main and second (top) floor. I'm really unsure how to...
  8. Tools
    If any of you would be kind enough to check the image at https://dl.dropbox.com/u/63060428/Canton-20120919-00218%20copy.jpg to help me identify the tool pictured, I'd be grateful. I picked it up at a flea market because it was intriguing and I love old cast iron. But, I have no idea what it...
  9. Plumbing
    I pulled off a toilet to replace it and the flange and about a 3" piece of the soil stack came with it. The flange appears to be in decent shape so I'm just trying to figure out how to rejoin the soil stack. I believe it is cast iron and it doesn't appear to be soldered anywhere or threaded, but...
  10. Plumbing
    I have a 3 inch cast iron y fitting coming out of my basement floor. the top of the y has a clean out. the opening measures 2 7/8 " I want to add another 1 1/2" drain line to this. My initial plan was to get an abs male threaded coupling, attach it, add another y fitting with clean out ontop...
  11. Plumbing
    I have a leak from a 4 inch cast iron vent pipe in my basement. It appears to have rusted through and it is dripping. It is very smelly. I am not sure what can be done to fix it. I am guessing it is just rain water that has collected in the pipe that is rusting it out. Since it is just a vent is...
  12. Plumbing
    Hi, I need to replace a horizontal cast iron pipe that connects to a bell on the side of a vertical cast iron pipe. I'll need to remove the lead & oakum in that joint. I was recently told by an asbestos inspector that the oakum in these joints is usually an asbestos rope and is highly...
  13. Plumbing
    Hi All, I have been "lurking" in on this site for a long time and I ussally find the answers I need without having to ask but here goes. The Scene I have a three story old house with a Cast Iron Stack. - first floor toilet and sink go directly into the stack (no vent). The toliet is...
  14. Plumbing
    So I am in my new house and I find a damp area in my basement that looks moldy and decide it has to come out, after wrestling with the framing the damp seemed to get worse. There was a steel filing cabinet built into the framing I decided to move that out as well so it could dry. After I moved...
  15. Plumbing
    I m in process of finishing my basement and adding a Saniflo up-flush system. The waste pipe is going to travel over to my existing 4" cast-iron waste pipe. Now, what I was thinking of doing is taking a Sawz-all to the pipe an cutting out a piece to retrofit a PVC Y-pipe. Is this an...
  16. General DIY Discussions
    I have a 21x32x1 inch kitchen sink cut-out from our marble countertop that will make a nice table for our porch. We have a left-over base that we want to attach it to and it looks to be a painted cast iron material. The thickness of the marble makes it a tad high but if necessary I could...
  17. Remodeling
    I need help! I am so indecisive... We have a bathroom that we are remodeling. I was so excited to pull out our soaking tub and put in a new corner jacuzzi tub with jets that holds 2 people. (Kind of like a small hot tub in your bathroom!) Currently (we didn't realize it until we tore out...
  18. Plumbing
    I'm new to having an account on the forum but have been reading other peoples questions and answers for sometime now and decided to best describe my situation I should just sign up. I have a one pipe steam heat system, with cast iron radiators that switch over from Iron pipe to copper in the...
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