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  • #31
    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.
    It WAS on the exam.

    J.C.

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    • #32
      Re: Leaking Cast Iron

      Originally posted by ajdsad View Post
      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?
      take a good look at the joint. a picture would really help out.

      the vent should not leak unless it's below the level of the drain. or the drain is actually backed up to this level. or it's raining and dripping down the vent pipe?

      but to answer your question, you can try packing/ caulking the lead with a caulking iron or a modified cold chisel.

      basically you're not trying to cut the lead, but pack it. dull a 3/4'' wide cold chisel and use a small ball peen hammer to slowly tap the chisel into the soft lead. go around it a couple times and see if this helps.

      it's the oakum that really seals the joint. the lead basically holds the pipe together.

      try posting a photo and verify it's not plugged up.

      rick.
      phoebe it is

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      • #33
        Re: Leaking Cast Iron

        I have done a lot of CI demo...no picnic.

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        • #34
          Re: Leaking Cast Iron

          If I were to do it, which I'm not sure I am, what would I use to cut the CI?

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          • #35
            Re: Leaking Cast Iron

            Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
            It WAS on the exam.

            J.C.
            Not on the test I took JC, that I remember anyway. Every test in NC is a slightly different set of questions, if it were always the same, it would be too easy to cheat on.
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            • #36
              Re: Leaking Cast Iron

              Originally posted by ajdsad View Post
              If I were to do it, which I'm not sure I am, what would I use to cut the CI?
              i would use a 4.5'' grinder with a cut off wheel. some will use a diamond wheel which is also good. wear safety goggles and gloves.

              36 post and 2 answers to your question

              rick.
              phoebe it is

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              • #37
                Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
                i would use a 4.5'' grinder with a cut off wheel. some will use a diamond wheel which is also good. wear safety goggles and gloves.

                36 post and 2 answers to your question

                rick.

                Best Plumbing Forum.
                Think anyone here knows what they're talking about.

                No stone unturned...Might get burned.It's the sign of experience.
                Last edited by drtyhands; 08-13-2008, 01:38 AM. Reason: clarifieing

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                • #38
                  Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                  I do my best work in the dark, but even then I like a little bit of light just so's I can see the mess I'm getting into
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                  • #39
                    Re: Leaking Cast Iron

                    Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
                    i would use a 4.5'' grinder with a cut off wheel. some will use a diamond wheel which is also good. wear safety goggles and gloves.

                    36 post and 2 answers to your question

                    rick.
                    Thanks plumber rick

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