I would like to put in a new toilet in the upstairs bathroom, however the
(cast iron?) soil pipe protrudes too far into the room.
I thought about cutting it back using an angle grinder, but there looks to
be a joint on the pipe (a big knuckle). If I poke a screwdriver into the
seal it feels/looks like lead. Searching the internet revealed some
information on the lead and oakum joint, which this must be.
Can anyone tell me if this joint can be split, if so how is the best way to
Something tells me you're in over your head, but if you're stubborn enough
to try, what must happen is a section of the cast iron must be removed so
that a tee can be put in. You'll need a sawsall or snappers, and you'll
have to cut it above and below the floor level. Then put in a PVC tee with
ferncos (or no-hub clamps).
You CAN melt the lead out with your torch
then dig out the oakum. There is a pvc fitting
call;ed a manoff. this goes back into the hub
with oakum and lead hair that you pound into
place (not melt). This gives you PVC to work from.
or you can cut it and no-hub it. the situation will
determine which is easier/best.
Grabbing a stack for a new second floor bathroom is not the way to go.
You may negate the venting of first floor fixtures. You should drop a
second stack and tie into the existing stack under the first floor
fixtures. The venting may be tied into the existing vent stack.
Take a picture of the piping and we'll take a look. That's going to
give us the best information as to how to best advise you. It would be
helpful if you held a tape measure up so we know the distance of the
toilet to the stack.
snap several pics (mostly of what you have to work with and what you
are trying to accomplish)
On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 18:35:01 +0000 (UTC), "Adrian Sims"
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