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  • #16
    Re: Leaking Cast Iron

    Originally posted by ajdsad View Post
    Is this something a DIYer could tackle? With adequate research and a measure of confidence of coarse.
    If you have to ask, then no. Repiping cast-iron in old houses is no beginner's picnic. It can be challenging even for experienced pro plumbers.
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    • #17
      Re: Leaking Cast Iron

      If the hole is close to the transition then no. (Need a picture to tell) Most DIY'ers won't have the tools and would be better off letting a plumber handle it.

      I can DIY too. But I don't work on my electricity.

      J.C.

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      • #18
        Re: Leaking Cast Iron

        I dont want to repipe the CI. I want to replace it all with PVC.

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        • #19
          Re: Leaking Cast Iron

          Any chance It's a sani tee, duram fitting ,with a rusted out old galvanized vent on top
          Is this a wall hung? Is the wall opened up? Back of a plywood vanity,where You have bad access ?
          I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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          • #20
            Re: Leaking Cast Iron

            Thats just it I couldnt see any holes or cracks. It looks like the water is seeping up from the lead seal. So possibly the seal is bad?

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            • #21
              Re: Leaking Cast Iron

              Originally posted by ajdsad View Post
              I dont want to repipe the CI. I want to replace it all with PVC.
              Oh, well that is super easy then, good luck!


              (just kidding, you'll still need to cut out the old cast-iron and repipe it to code, and if pvc is allowed in your area underneath cast-iron then you'll need special pipe supports, and pvc-cast-iron transition couplings.....do yourself a favor and hire a plumber for this one.)
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              • #22
                Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                The leak is underneath the house but the vent pipe runs through the wall.

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                • #23
                  Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                  The only reason I consider doing it myself is because I've tackled things the average homeowner would not. I've gutted the whole house (except the kitchen) rewired the whole house (and yes it was inspected and passed). Remodeled the bathroom. Plumbed the house with copper. Pulled up carpet and vinyl and dyed and refinished the hard wood floors. And I did it all by reading, doing research and asking the pros, like yourselves.

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                  • #24
                    Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                    Duckbutter will help you when he logs on...
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                    • #25
                      Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                      The only original plumbing is that vent pipe the kitchen drain which goes under ground and the main drop, and whats left is CI.

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                      • #26
                        Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                        Isn't that for A/C duct work?

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                        • #27
                          Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                          Originally posted by Service Guy View Post
                          I don't know the difference, I am just a dirty service guy.
                          Wow. I thought that was part of plumbing 101

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                          • #28
                            Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                            Originally posted by Masterplumb View Post
                            Wow. I thought that was part of plumbing 101
                            I never took "plumbing 101." But thanks to this forum I now know the difference between a 'vent stack' and a 'stack vent.' Which I am sure will prove to be invaluable to my career.
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                            • #29
                              Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                              Originally posted by Service Guy View Post
                              I never took "plumbing 101." But thanks to this forum I now know the difference between a 'vent stack' and a 'stack vent.' Which I am sure will prove to be invaluable to my career.
                              Well I guess it won't help you, but it is basic plumbing. I cant imagine taking a masters exam and not knowing the difference, not starting trouble but I guess you learn something new everyday.

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                              • #30
                                Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                                Originally posted by Masterplumb View Post
                                Well I guess it won't help you, but it is basic plumbing. I cant imagine taking a masters exam and not knowing the difference, not starting trouble but I guess you learn something new everyday.
                                To quote another member...
                                Originally posted by toolaholic
                                We all learn until that dirt nap we take
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