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  • Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

    Okay, everyone working on old houses with metal pipes has faced some rusted in place clean out plugs. What's the best way you've got them out?

    J

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    Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

    Bfh and chisel
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    • #3
      Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

      I'm with Appletondrain. Chisel around the edges until it comes out.

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        Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

        + 3

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          Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

          +4

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            Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

            +5 but not unless I have a new plug with me.

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            • #7
              Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

              Originally posted by Michael L View Post
              I'm with Appletondrain. Chisel around the edges until it comes out.
              I'm talking about threaded in steel plugs in a T or Y.

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              • #8
                Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

                i've got a set of c/o sockets that fit my 3/4'' breaker bar.

                with a cheater you either get it to budge or you twist off the fitting and pipe

                typically a little banging on the fitting and some heat. also try tightening first. but remember with a big wrench, something is going to happen.

                all else fails and i'll use a holesaw to drill out the plug.

                grease them up with bowl wax and they will come off and not leak too.

                rick.
                phoebe it is

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                • #9
                  Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

                  Sawzall out the tee or wye. You'll most likely never get that one out in the picture without breaking something else.
                  26+6=1

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                  • #10
                    Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

                    diamond blade in angle grinder,cut it flush then put in a cherney expandable test plug. edit,,, a 2 inch fernco cap fits over an 1 1/2 c.i. tee
                    Last edited by cheesehead plumber; 01-29-2013, 12:26 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

                      Thanks all. As an FYI the pictures are off the web just to clarify what I was talking about for plugs.

                      The other day I ran into a plug I could not get. It was a weird set up in a 100+ year old duplex and I was afraid of breaking the pipes when I put my weight into it. Normally I would do as Rick said, use my pipe wrench with an extra pipe on the end for leverage. But alas, I did not have an extension pipe with me. So I got to thinking maybe there are some other tactics I'm not thinking off. Heating them don't seem to do much; or maybe I'm not getting them hot enough.

                      Guess I better keep that big pipe in the van from now on.

                      J

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                      • #12
                        Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

                        TWO pipes. one for each wrench. i have a 10' stick of 1 1/2" ridgid aluminum conduit, cut in half. weighs a lot less. i have not bent them yet. i have used a coma-long and sledge to help it along. billy

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                        • #13
                          Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

                          Originally posted by breid1903 View Post
                          TWO pipes. one for each wrench. i have a 10' stick of 1 1/2" ridgid aluminum conduit, cut in half. weighs a lot less. i have not bent them yet. i have used a coma-long and sledge to help it along. billy
                          Sounds good.Do you need a helper with that set up?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

                            Cut them off, use expanding plug if threads won't take a replacement. Cut off square with sawzall, then cut from center out wards until you can remove all the pieces.

                            Flush plug? Use 3/8" drill bit or larger for the start of a plunge cut.

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                              Re: Best tactics for removing rusted clean out plugs.

                              Get the perfecto cleanout set Rick mentioned. I have one and it works awsome. And sometimes when breaking a joint apart, you wants quick pressure instead of constant pressure....jerk the handle quick and fast.
                              Buy cheap, buy twice.

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