sewer clean out questions?


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Old 07-23-08, 03:42 PM
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sewer clean out questions?

I have two clean outs. One is near road where I tap into the city's sewer. The other is very near where my main stack exits the house. It used to have an extension on it and then had plug. Due to an addtion, that area is now in a basement area. And with the grade change, the extension is no longer needed. I have several questions.
1. Is it ok to have a clean out that is located in a basement?
2. I can't seem to find the parts to put a new plug in it. It is cast iron pipe about 4". It gets wider at the top where it comes out of floor. there is rubber gasket inside pipe. then a metal piece is supposed to go inside the rubber. This metal iece has female threads on it and the plug is brass and screws into it. The plug says 4". went to big box stores and they don't have the rubber or steel piece and plumbing supply didn't either. What was surprising is that he didn't seem to know what I needed or if it was available?
 
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Old 07-23-08, 05:17 PM
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Could you possibly post a picture of what you have with a few different shots so I can get a better understanding of what you have. It sounds like you are talking about a no-hub clean out and clamp, but hard to tell

Upload a picture to a site like photobucket.com and then post the link to it here
 
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Old 07-24-08, 04:05 AM
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hopefully that works. see the piece of steel inside of the rubber ring. It has same inside diameter as the rest of the steel pipe. I want to remove the short piece of pipe and get new steel piece with threads and put down lower near concrete inside of that rubber ring. a brass plug screws into the threads.

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Ok, that works.

You have what is called either service weight or extra heavy cast iron, depending on the thickness. It is not used much anymore. It is a bell type pipe that uses a neoprene gasket.

Sometimes the brass covers can be 3 1/2", 4", or 4 1/2".

Take a measurement as close as you can and you should be able to get a cover.

Another option would be what is called a Lead fit all plug.
It has tapered threads for multiple sizes.

One more thing you could use is what I call a wind in plug. It is a plastic plug with a rubber piece around the edge and when you tighten the wing nut, it closes down, compressing on the rubber until it connects with the pipe. We use them for testing our plumbing. Also known as a test plug. But once again, a good measurement is crucial.
 
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I just came up with a few more things that you could do.

You could cut the pipe about 2" above the hub at the floor and use a rubber test cap.

Or, you could pull the length of pipe out and get a 4" PVC end clean out ans slip it into the rubber gasket of the pipe.
 
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thanks for all your help. I actually saw those test plugs and thought about that. I didn't have a measurement of my pipe though. But I don't think they had anything bigger than 4". the short piece of pipe is not really attached anymore; I just put it in there for you to see. I could not push it in anymore. so I was hoping to just plug they wider area, but I don't think the 4" plug would be big enough.

So do you know of any issues with this being in a unfinished basement area? Eventually my furnace will be in this room.

Bill
 
 

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