upstairs bath drain leaking

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Old 11-03-13, 09:26 AM
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upstairs bath drain leaking

Upstairs bath drain developed a leak.
Not an emergency as we have another full bath.

There is an access panel on the 2nd story,
so I've been working through that.
It's been very uncomfortable and I'm basically blind.
Tried a pipe clamp (didn't fit because of clearance issues).
Tried a hose clamp and bicycle tube = still leaks.
Tried plumbing epoxy putty = still leaks.

Anyhow, got tired of not being able to see what I was working with;
cut open the ceiling this morning,
chipped out all the epoxy I put on
and found this corroded union:



Basically, I can wiggle that grey pipe;
separate from the coupling.

I think I'll give it another go with plumber's epoxy,
now that I have a full view and can access it a lot easier.

Is there a better fix that someone with little plumbing experience can handle?
Or is it time I call a pro?

thanks in advance.
 
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Old 11-03-13, 10:40 AM
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Is that pipe PVC ? It almost looks like lead....


I assume thats the shoulder in your pic with expoxy and the waste and overflow...

I would replace it all up to the trap...



Basically this whole assembly...It talks about the gasket for the overflow here but I am just trying to show you the waste and over flow on the tub.

The hardest part of this job would be getting the old strainer out of the tub... Very difficult and I would not recommend a DIY'er attempt it....but it could be done...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXSx40COmIk
 

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Old 11-03-13, 05:23 PM
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That whole set up looks like it was mickey moussed.
A new standard drain fitting like lawrosa posted I'd bet is not going to work.
It all looks treaded instead of slip fittings. It also was supposed to be 2", your drain looks under sized where that elbow is.
Lots of old tubs like that had the overflow higher then most modern tubs so someone hacked in an extension. It should have been done with a two piece tube with a slip in fitting so the length could be adjusted.
 
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Old 11-03-13, 09:20 PM
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It also was supposed to be 2",
Joe tubs are 1 1/2"......

It all looks treaded instead of slip fittings.
Joe most where sweated instead of using the threaded nut and washer...

It should have been done with a two piece tube with a slip in fitting so the length could be adjusted.
No.. They were sized on site and sweated..



Joe please do not comment if you are unsure .. It make it difficult for the OP as well as myself that I need to delete or edit your posts so the poster does not get confused.
 
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Old 11-04-13, 02:52 AM
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A shot showing where the drain joins the house piping would help.

If the slip fitting style of drain does not work with your piping--a solvent weld kit is available that will allow you to use standard 1 1/2" pipe fittings to offset the drain.

I'm sure that this sounds like Greek to you---we need another picture---a plumber might be in your future--that set up looks old and you may have a barrel trap,which might need replacing.
 
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