Depends on what is in the pipes, and how much pressure it is under.
A Tee could be as easy as taking a sawzall and cutting out an inch or
so & putting in a compression Tee,
or as complicated as cutting out enough (exactly) for a union, nipple
and Tee and threading the cut off ends.
I had much the same thought.
That said, the red painted device is called a union. A union is used when
it's not practical to unthread everything back to the appliance, to thread
things back together. Unions consist of two pieces, plus a threaded nut that
tightens and loosens. To replace a union with a tee is going to be
On Thu, 4 Sep 2008 22:43:41 -0700 (PDT), Aaron Fude
Since you are asking and havent a clue, I would assume you will face a
mountain of issues.
The way you can overcome them is to get your crowbar out, pry open
your wallet with it and pay a professional to do the job which you
dont know how to do.
No problem. Take apart the union, take off one pipe, cut 5-6" off it,
rethread it with your ratchet threader, and use short nipples to get
the union back in place. Shouldn't take more than 20 minutes or so.
It was my first time threading and doing it in-place was a pain, and
took a hell of a lot longer than 20 minutes, but the results are good.
Bubba, perhaps you don't live in Philly, but local plumbers were
asking $350-$500 for the job.
On Fri, 5 Sep 2008 20:33:03 -0700 (PDT), Aaron Fude
Nope, dont live in Philly and cant say Ive ever wanted to.
Did you ever think that there might be a reason you were getting
estimates from $350 - $500? Driving a fully stocked, insured company
truck to you home and doing the job, warrantying it and protecting
themselves with liability insurance doesnt exactly come cheap these
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.