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    Hi,
    I'm not a plumber so I need advice on how to get a stubborn cleanout open. I have been beating on it with a vice grip and a hammer. Do I need a special tool or a pipe wrench or should I call a pro??
    Thanks!!

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    Re: cant open a cleanout

    Originally posted by carpenter76 View Post
    Hi,
    I'm not a plumber so I need advice on how to get a stubborn cleanout open. I have been beating on it with a vice grip and a hammer. Do I need a special tool or a pipe wrench or should I call a pro??
    Thanks!!

    I would like to see a picture, it's worth 1,000 wordds, is your cap brass, plastic, countersunk, raised head??

    I have a set of "c/o cap wrenches" I got for $150.00, does most every cap out there, really nice on the c/o's under the lids of a c/o adapter sunk in concrete 4-6 "

    I have drilled out a hole and run a sawzall in the cap to cut out a star patern and break out the caps, be carefull not to cut the c/o fitting.

    Many tricks, just need a pic to help you further. raised head or countersunk is very important info
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    Robert

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    • #3
      Re: cant open a cleanout

      Its a 4" cast iron pipe I think and a 1 1/4" square head. cant get a picture sorry. Can I get the c/o cap wrenches at any hardware store or is it a specialized tool. thanks for your help its very appreciated

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      • #4
        Re: cant open a cleanout

        it's probably brass and has never been removed. the wrench set is fairly expensive and really designed for hard access. if you can get a wrench on it, try to tighten it first. also some heat from a torch will cause different expansion rates. truthfully like robert said, use a sawzall to cut a cookie out and then replace it with an abs plastic plug for future use.

        don't damage the fitting or threads with a bigger wrench

        rick.
        phoebe it is

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        • #5
          Re: cant open a cleanout

          thanks rick will try that out. hopefully will have a successful post tomorrow.
          this is my first post, you guys got an excellent forum here and I appreciate the professional opinions.

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          • #6
            Re: cant open a cleanout

            I`d use a hammer
            but I`m gonna tell you to call a "pro" as you dont want any of it to fall in the line I do this maybe twice a day
            http://www.all-clear-sewer.com/

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            • #7
              Re: cant open a cleanout

              Yep, if it's being that much trouble, call a plumber and let him deal with it.

              You may be "biting off more than you can chew" and if you end up making a mess of things, It can only get more expensive.

              My 2 cents

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              • #8
                Re: cant open a cleanout

                Use a hammer and a good chisel to bend and or pry it out, you may need to replace with a expandable plug becauce thread may be shot any how.

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                • #9
                  Re: cant open a cleanout

                  Freddy has the right idea, if it is a brass cap it won't take much to chisel a wedge shape pice out then try turning the cap again. Don't hit the threads and don't drop the pice inside the pipe.

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                  • #10
                    Re: cant open a cleanout

                    I put the chisel in the threads and fold it out of the cast.

                    Some times, If you work your way around the exposed threads it will unscrew
                    http://www.all-clear-sewer.com/

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                    • #11
                      Re: cant open a cleanout

                      A guy once told me all you got to know about plumbing is "S**t flows downhill and payday is friday". Well he was wrong, I called a pro in. He did exactly as you guys said. Knocked it out, snaked it and replaced it without breaking a sweat. I guess there are some things carpenters should'nt do.
                      Thanks for all the advice.
                      Last edited by carpenter76; 09-08-2007, 11:23 PM.

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