I'm trying to remove a clean out in an old cast iron sewer pipe. The plug is
brass and it's in a cast iron fitting that is attached to the cast iron pipe
with lead. I'm afraid the lead will come loose. If it does how can I put it
The brass plug probably won't simply unscrew due to years
They are usually very thin metal. Drill a few holes to weaken
the material, then use a very sharp cold chisel to split open.
It won't take a lot to weaken it enough that you can pry it out.
There's two ways: either pour molten lead in,
or hammer lead-wool in with a special caulking iron.
There's tarred cord hammered in in front of the lead,
which is what forms the actual gasket.
The lead is just to keep the oakum in place.
Been there tried these things.
Your really better to cut out the area with a sawzall and use rubber
ferncos to join the PVC with the old cast iron pipe.
Do note this area will conduct the sound of water going thru drain
If noise matters you can use cast iron thats designed to be joined by
rubber ferncos, it costs more but will be quiet.
if theres a lot of cast iron over head add some steel strapping to
support the weight before cutting out the bad area, although it usually
doesnt matter, but better safe than sorry
Thanks for all the replies. I removed the "J" pipe under the sink and was
able to get the drain open. But my trusty hand snake brought out a lot of
what looked like soil. I'm thinking the pipe is cracked somewhere close:(
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