That looks like a complete nightmare. I'd be tempted to wrap it in
fiberglass and Bondo, and hope it holds till after the house is sold.
I'm not a plumber, and I sure am grateful! I expect the real plumbers are
grateful I'm not out there, doing hack work.
Christopher A. Young
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I am trying to help my daughter & SIL with a plumbing issue. The house
was built in 1955 near Hartford CT. They have lived there for 8 years.
The 4" cast elbow going to the 1st floor toilet has corroded and is
leaking, It appears to have been replaced in the past, using some kind
of "lead" to seal a butt joint, and a "tap" for an iron pipe.
Pictures can seen at
All of the small sink & tub drains are copper, feeding into the cast.
The iron pipes (there appear to be a total of 3) go vertically into
the wall above. What are they there for ?? Vents ?? Only the 4" cast
sticks thru the roof. We cannot see any piping above the basement as
all walls are finished on 1st and 2nd floors.
1. What was used to seal the butt joint and the "tap" on the "repair"
? Looks like some kind of brushed-on lead or solder that was
heated/melted slightly to create seal.
2. Is the iron pipe "tapped" into the elbow necessary ??
We could probably repair this ourselves, using DWV & a Fernco
coupling, if we did not need to re-do the tap.
If tap is required, what are possible ways to replace the elbow, with
the iron pipe tapped in ??