What a pleasant surprise. While digging in the backyard so I could bury
some 110v, I found a cast iron stub out. It connected to a clay elbow
with a clay "T". The top of the "T" had a loose clay plug. Looks like
the old buried clean out. I'll cut that stuff out, after I'm sure the
other end of the "T" doesn't go anywhere, and I'll put in a ground level
clean out for my sewer. Maybe cover it with one of those landscaping
access buckets And here we were ready to dig the front of the house!
All of it 1' below grade! I didn't like the scrap and broken buried
clay left by previous workers. Speaks of shoddy work. But I guess
that's one of the short cuts you take when building tract homes! Throw
it all back in the hole and bury it!
Ah! Wishful thinking! Gave it a flush and watched the water flow.
Okay, since the top of the "T" is about 1' below grade, any suggestions
on how to extend it up to grade level so clean out access is easier than
having to dig down a foot or having to clean it out from the roof vent?
If the clay T is in good shape, get an appropriate piece of PVC
and a Fernco to tie onto the clay hub and connect the two.
Install a benjamin cap on the top of the new PVC. You might
consider a meter box to set at finish grade. Open the lid to have
access to the benjamin cap. Put the lid back on so you can mow,
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
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