I belong to a little brick bungalow in the midwest, built in
'54, poured-concrete foundation.
A total of 3 roof vents. Cast-iron with lead-oakum hubs.
One of the smaller stacks, venting the kitchen drain, had
"little tiny rust beards" in 3 or 4 places. The plumber
called 'em "carbuncles" and said they would fail a
I was under the impression that a vertical cast-iron stack
was supposed to be good for something like 100 years. Incorrect
The main stack (the one that might weigh 'leventy-seven tons for all
I know <g>) looks kinda OK.
If replacement of a stack is impractical, what do folks do about a
few small "carbuncles"?
Sad to say, some crazy man built a basement bedroom around the
offending stack, which is now only 3/4 exposed inside a closet
with wall on one side and the elec. svc. panel a few inches away
on the other side.
Any suggestions for stack replacement in extremely confined
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