Opening a Stubborn Clean Out Plug - Part 2

Old 07-13-01, 06:37 AM
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Two Additional Questions:

The 5" brass clean out is on a section of vertical pipe. Will the pieces that fall into the pipe cause a problem? How do I stop the pieces from falling inside?

I also have a 2" clean out for the washing machine. Can I also break this plug with a hammer? The plug seems pretty solid due to it's size and I am afraid that I will damage the surrounding pipe, which is also small.


Original Q & A:

I assume you have brass cleanout plugs,If so just beat them out with a hammer some of the cap will remain intact around the edges of the clean out opening,but that is easily removed with a screw driver and a little tapping with a hammer


What is the best way to loosen a 5" clean out plug? Heat surrounding metal with a torch?
House is 27 years old and the plugs have never been taken out. Pipes are copper and cast iron.

Old 07-15-01, 10:25 PM
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try laying duct tape over it to hold it together

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