hole in old black iron sewer pipe


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Old 11-24-07, 01:30 PM
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hole in old black iron sewer pipe

Can we replace the elbow section of old black iron sewer pipe with pvc ourselves without having to call a plumber? hole in pipe now is approximately 4-5 inches in diameter on top of black pipe. we wrapped hole with saran wrap for now. Was told would be over $3000 to fix by a plumber. help.
 
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Old 11-24-07, 01:48 PM
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Derscribe the pipe, diameter, what it does, where it is. If anything is in the way of it on all sides, etc.
 
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Unless this pipe is in a very inaccesiable place 3 grand is wild.

Replacing a section of cast iron waste pipe is not hard at all.
 
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Old 11-26-07, 04:06 PM
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I'm not a plumber, but the one time I worked with cast iron pipe, it wasn't as difficult as I expected. Assuming everything is accessible, cutting the cast iron pipe is probably the only hard part of the job. You can probably rent a pipe cutter at any tool rental place.

I tied in a new drain line to a cast iron stack. I just cut a section out of the stack and used the neoprene couplings sold at big boxes (Fermco???) to splice in a PVC wye.

A better temp fix would be to take a piece of rubber, wrap it around the hole and secure it with pipe clamps.
 
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Make sure the pipe is properly supported above and below the area to be replaced. Rent a snap cutter and use banded couplers to attach the new PVC section.


Supporting it is the important thing.
 
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Old 11-26-07, 06:53 PM
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Buy fernco fitting....proper diameter...split it with a razor knife and wrap pipe with split side opposite hole and tighten as needed...fixed for a few bucks
 
 

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