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  • #16
    Re: Tough tub drain

    Originally posted by Drain Medic View Post
    I think out of all the tubs ive ever done maybe a handfull didnt have drum traps.
    Maybe I have just been living a sheltered life for the past 25 years of plumbing. How could I have not stumbled across one of these drum traps and you see them all the time?

    So what there is a cleanout in the bathroom for access to this? Obviously you can't snake through them

    What a PITA these things must be for you. Just what sediments do they actually catch?...hair?

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    • #17
      Re: Tough tub drain

      HEY,
      You just posted a copy of ToUtahNow's first code book he used in his apprenticeship.Where did you find it?

      YOUNG ADAM

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      • #18
        Re: Tough tub drain

        Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
        Maybe I have just been living a sheltered life for the past 25 years of plumbing. How could I have not stumbled across one of these drum traps and you see them all the time?

        So what there is a cleanout in the bathroom for access to this? Obviously you can't snake through them

        What a PITA these things must be for you. Just what sediments do they actually catch?...hair?

        As i said before, Philly is notorious for them...usually you will see them, and they tie into lead lines....You can snake them, but it is a PITA to get the cable to go back and up into the line after the trap. I usually make my customers sign a Release Waiver before i cable them due to the lead lines. The cleanout is the lid for the drum trap...When i come to DC ill bring one for you to check out. 98% of the time the drum trap is behind a large access panel behind the bathtub, usually in a bedroom closet...Sometimes you have to drill access onto the lead line after the trap if you cant get the drum trap lid off..Then i just put a boiler plug in the access for future access. Now if you replace the drumb trap, you have to take it out all together, drum traps arent code anymore around most areas...
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        • #19
          Re: Tough tub drain

          Come on how could you guys not know what Durham fittings are? What do you use when you are working with Gal DWV systems? Durham fittings are cast-iron fittings with recessed threads so you have a smooth transition. The 1 1/2" p-traps are tough to get through because they are so tight at the radius. That is generally where the Ridgid 5/8" sectional cable really shines. They go through them like a standard PVC trap.

          Mark
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          • #20
            Re: Tough tub drain

            Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
            What do you use when you are working with Gal DWV systems?
            Mark
            First I like to start with a sawzall with a metal blade attached then move onto a 18" pipe wrench followed up with a PVC adapter

            We have a whole shelf full of those fittings in the back of the warehouse. I thought they were all defective because they gave me a crooked angle

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            • #21
              Re: Tough tub drain

              Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
              First I like to start with a sawzall with a metal blade attached then move onto a 18" pipe wrench followed up with a PVC adapter

              We have a whole shelf full of those fittings in the back of the warehouse. I thought they were all defective because they gave me a crooked angle
              LOL-You kids crack me up! (no pun intended)

              Mark
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              • #22
                Re: Tough tub drain

                Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
                First I like to start with a sawzall with a metal blade attached then move onto a 18" pipe wrench followed up with a PVC adapter
                Exactly, anytime I see a galvy drain I inform the customer it's gonna be constant trouble ..better to pay to open wall to the CI stack and replace, than years of paying drain cleaners to snake a minimal hole through the rust each time.

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                • #23
                  Re: Tough tub drain

                  Mark wrote: "Come on how could you guys not know what Durham fittings are? What do you use when you are working with Gal DWV systems? Durham fittings are cast-iron fittings with recessed threads so you have a smooth transition."

                  Didn't I say this almost word for word earlier today?


                  " Durham = Fitting which has an ID matched to pipe ID for smooth flow. Also the fitting is tapped with 1/4" pitch, not 90° as with most fittings. "
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                  • #24
                    Re: Tough tub drain

                    Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
                    Mark wrote: "Come on how could you guys not know what Durham fittings are? What do you use when you are working with Gal DWV systems? Durham fittings are cast-iron fittings with recessed threads so you have a smooth transition."

                    Didn't I say this almost word for word earlier today?


                    " Durham = Fitting which has an ID matched to pipe ID for smooth flow. Also the fitting is tapped with 1/4" pitch, not 90° as with most fittings. "
                    I like your definition better than mine.

                    Mark
                    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

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                    • #25
                      Re: Tough tub drain

                      Those are a bi t ch.

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