mystery pipe question

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  1. Kingofthegeeks

    Kingofthegeeks New Member

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    Lets try this again.

    I have a renovation property which is missing a drain in the mechanical room. I need to remedy this and to my hopefull delight there is a pipe sticking out of the floor relatively close. I have never seen a pipe look like this and am hoping osomeone might have an idea what it is, and whether i can dig down, tie into it and trench it over to the mechanical room?

    I have included a picture of the main stack, well, just cause.

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  2. Terry

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    The picture on the right I understand. That's a main stack.
    You can use a copper by plastic nohub coupling to connect to it.
    Or maybe it's a cast iron hub comming out of the concrete and you would use normal cast iron nohub couplings.

    The one one the left worries me. Is there writing on it, and what does it say?
    That one could use a bigger picture.
  3. Kingofthegeeks

    Kingofthegeeks New Member

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    ANTHES is written on the top. I would prefer to not have to tie into the main stack, but if your not sure what this opther pipe is, i most likely will have to trench back to the main.

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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I would let a few other plumbers take a look over the next few days.
    Someone like hj may know.
    It could be a standard hub there with some strange plug.
    Or it could be some sort of shutoff, and if it is, for what?
  5. Kingofthegeeks

    Kingofthegeeks New Member

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    hopefully someone has an idea, thx for the help
  6. rmelo99

    rmelo99 Network Engineer

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    How big is that pipe?

    The reason I ask is bc I have the same idenitcal "cap" on an old water supply line coming into the house. The new supply comes in right next to it My pipe is about 1.25"-1.5" if I recall correctly.

    Mine comes in the the basement wall not floor. Yours might be the same.
  7. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    It looks like 2" cast iron with a cap of some sort posably clean out?
  8. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    The cleanout at the base of the stack has almost the same cleanout cap... My guess is someone had a "thing" for weird cleanout caps and has got us all wondering.
  9. Kingofthegeeks

    Kingofthegeeks New Member

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    Tracing

    Is there a simple way to trace the lines under the concrete pad and determine where this pipe is going?

    I don't mind buying reasonably priced tools as i could use this again, however if they are very expensive, who should i be calling?

    Thx again for your help

    Mike
  10. remodelbob

    remodelbob New Member

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    I've used these guys for a number of sewer scopes. I am sure they can trace that line. Compared to the looter-rooter guys, their prices are very reasonable.

    http://www.hydro-physics.com/
  11. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Normally what I do, is take a metal coat hanger and cut the ends off with pliers.

    Take the two ends, and bend them into el's.
    hold each el in your hand, with the wire facing away from you.
    As you walk over the pipe, the wires will point toward each other when they are in line with a pipe.

    You can try it outside over a plastic pipe on the ground to check that it's working right.
    It's called witching, but I don't think that's a proper name for it.
    It's something that anyone can do.
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  12. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Terry you dowser you! Its called Dowsing, Water Witching, and Devining some of the most popular names for it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dowsing

    I'll stick to the Ridgid see-snake and navitrak locator just in case.
  13. Herk

    Herk Plumber

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