I opened up my copy of Renovations by Litchfield and he had a bit on
extending the pipe via the cleanout. So I went down and had a better
look at the wye and the cleanout is threaded into a leaded adapter,
not into the wye itself like I originally thought. I was able to get
enough lead out, and there's enough altitude drop, that it seems
suitable to use this method and not disturb the wye.
Was XH called XH before SV was introduced? All the markings I can see
are CEPCO, and a W or M on one hub. I'll get a gasket type thing for
both from the "real" plumbing supply in the morning. If I can't get
it to seal with that, I have a box of lead wool that my dad had since
before I was born. Finally, I know what it's for :-)
On Mar 10, 2008, at 10:37 PM, Karl Vacek wrote:
> Well, HD isn't much of a plumbing supply - you'll have to go to a real
> supply for this one.
> 80 years old, there's a chance it's XH (extra heavy) instead of S
> (service weight). That may be a problem to mate to Service, which is
> probably all you'll find available most places today, but your
> supplier can
> advice you how to mate that. If you have service weight in there
> now, it
> should be easy.
> As far as removing the old lead, just drill holes in it pretty much
> entire distance from the bell to the pipe. A few bug holes and you
> begin to pry out chunks of lead. Once you get started you can
> wiggle the
> pipes a little and pry the rest loose. Don't worry - the lead is
> NOT tinned
> onto the iron - it's just poured into the joint, and as it cools it
> away a bit. The final step in leading a joint is to peen the lead
> in - to
> expand it out to contact the iron to fully seal.
> Once you get the lead out, pick the oakum out (it'll probably be
> nasty towards the bottom). Clean everything, slip in the rubber,
> and pop
> the fittings together.
> Or, if you don't want to pour the lead yourself, you could either
> use oakum
> and lead wool (just pound it in like oakum, and it suffices OK), or
> make up the connections, put in the oakum, and have a plumber with
> a pot and
> ropes come in to lead it for you. Shouldn't be too expensive for
> just that.
> I've tried the "no lead" gook that's supposed to set up and seal
> the joint,
> and I've had NO luck at all. Reminds me of Plastic Wood, which has
> worked for me either...
> Your plumbing supplier should be able to offer lots of advice and
> Good luck !
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