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plumbing question

Ok, I finally got around to dealing with this. The winning method was the angle grinder with the cutoff wheel. Went through very easily. A couple smacks with a hammer and chisel took care of the rest.

Thanks for all the advice.

Larry

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  • Larry (from OSHA)
    Larry (from OSHA) Member Posts: 716
    this seems to be futile

    4 inch vertical cleanout most likely has not been opened since 1962. The city is requiring an inspection for leaks that could impact ground water, etc. prior to next years road/sewer construction project. I've been beating on this with wrench and sledge and the location does not lend itself to getting a long breaker bar on it. So how do you deal with these? I wanted to exhaust my DIY efforts, and I think I have. Your expertise is appreciated greatly.

    Larry
  • John Starcher_4
    John Starcher_4 Member Posts: 794
    I feel your pain, Larry.

    You may want to give up on trying to salvage the cleanout cap. Drill it out, and use channel locks, vice grips, dynamite, or anything else appropriate to completely remove it. Buy yourself a new cap, preferably with a raised square "wrench lug" on it.

    Starch
  • kevin coppinger_4
    kevin coppinger_4 Member Posts: 2,124
    those things....


    can be a pain in the hemi's...If its a 4" pipe and its brass drill out the center w/ a hole saw, then use a dollar plug to cap it back off...kpc

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  • Michael Welch
    Michael Welch Member Posts: 43
    Cleanout

    Definatly drill a hole in the center then use a sawzall to cut the cap into 1/4 sections and pop the pieces right out then get another brass plug with a raised head to replace it.
  • Jim Bennett
    Jim Bennett Member Posts: 607
    When you replace it...

    I like to lube em up with "never-sieze" and then just tighten it gently. It doesn't need to be pipe wrench tight.

    May aid in getting it out in the future.

    Good luck,

    Jim
    Jim Bennett
  • Leo
    Leo Member Posts: 770
    I agree with the drilling advice

    First get a couple black iron plugs with heads that will fit into the holes in your plug. Use a pipe wrench to grab a plug and see if you can twist out your in floor plug. If the pipe plugs don't help you time for the drill.

    Leo
  • jackchips_2
    jackchips_2 Member Posts: 1,338
    I'm with

    the drill it and then cut it out group, Larry.

    I still have half a dozen different sized threaded lead plugs that I used to use in similar situations although I'm not sure if they are still made.

    Good luck,

    Jack
  • bob young
    bob young Member Posts: 2,177
    quick job

    > You may want to give up on trying to salvage the

    > cleanout cap. Drill it out, and use channel

    > locks, vice grips, dynamite, or anything else

    > appropriate to completely remove it. Buy

    > yourself a new cap, preferably with a raised

    > square "wrench lug" on it.

    >

    > Starch



    take a cold chisel & lump hammer & smack it two or three times and cave in thread. . it will pop right out & then replace with new plug or fit-all plug. should take ten or fifteen minutes.
  • Larry (from OSHA)
    Larry (from OSHA) Member Posts: 716
    Thanks

    I really appreciate the advice. I never really thought I'd be able to save the cap. Just anything to get this bad boy out!

    Bob, maybe 10 to 15 minutes for you, but for me, easier said than done.

    I think that I'll go for the drill and saw route.

    Thanks for all the advice.

    Larry
  • Timco
    Timco Member Posts: 3,040


    Don't forget the safety glasses, ear protection, long sleeve shirt, gloves, hard hat & steel toe boots!!

    Tim
    Just a guy running some pipes.
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