I knew I'd be in it for this from you, but sometimes there's a
pragmatic aspect to problems that just can't be ignored.
In a local greasy spoon that I frequent, there was a PVC drain ran in
the core of those enameled block walls used in public buildings. The
pipe pulled out of a 1.5" coupling, but I could only expose the pipe in
one block (or a whole bunch of other complicated and bad things would
have to be done).
When I cut the pipe, there just wasn't enough give in an 1.5"
fernco. In desparation, I grabbed a 2". There was enough give, and
thanks to my unusually strong forearms, and my 5/16" nutdriver, it
So my new rule is that if someone else does something like this, I
condemn them. If I do it, it's a stroke of genius.