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Old 02-14-09, 09:00 PM
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Angry crack in toilet plumbing

I have a crack in my toilet plumbing and was wondering if anyone knew by looking at these pictures
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what to do with this problem and maybe even how to fix it
 
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Old 02-14-09, 10:47 PM
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That looks like lead pipe - it should be replaced. With all due respect, I doubt that this is a DIY job.
 
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does it matter that it is a lead pipe
 
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What's going on in those photos? Why is the cavity between the joists filled with sand?
 
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its not sand its sawdust and its to keep the pipes from rattling
 
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There's nothing intrinsically wrong with lead pipe, it just hasn't been in use in a gazillion years. The grandson of the plumber that installed it is elderly by now. The crack indicated the condition of the lead - there are probably more cracks waiting to happen.

It's very old. It's worn out. It isn't even plumbed correctly. It should be replaced by someone that knows what they're doing.

And I don't know if sawdust is effective for rattling pipes, but it does burn very well.
 
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Old 02-15-09, 12:20 PM
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this installation was wrong and against code the day it was installed. rip it out and replace all to the main line
 
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Old 02-15-09, 01:45 PM
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Lead Pipe

steve_gro: Some diehards were still using lead pipe in the early 60's.

Its plumbed to the existing code at the time, stack vented, no re-vents unless you were over 5ft. from the stack.

The code book at that time was 10 pages!!, just some old time info. Beer 4U2
 
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Old 02-15-09, 05:35 PM
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That would pre-date my career, but not by too much. I've never seen a lead closet bend for sale at a supplier, and my first code book was 3/4" thick.

Beer 4U2

Still, if the lead is cracked & tearing (and the floor is open) I would be inclined to replace it (I'm enough of a codger that I would use cast). If it were my house no other alternative would occur to me.
 
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Well the house was built in 1902 and added onto in the late teens, early 20's. I got all of that lead pipe out and drilled out the led that was inside of the bell it was conected to. I took a 4" Y(pvc) and shave the botton wall with a grinder to get it to fit nice and snug. Then took a hammer and a piece of 2x4 and tapped it down into the bell until i didn't feel comfortable tapping it any more. Now I just have to hook up the bath tub and run my water supply lines like I was trying to do in the first place. I up dated the pics so you guy's could see for you self. Thanks for help
 
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Old 02-15-09, 10:50 PM
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Sorry - I just don't have the heart to post about this one any more.

Somewhere down the road you would be very glad if you hired a plumber now, or perhaps sorry that you didn't.

Good luck with it.
 
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i have to agree or at least get a consultation
 
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