Re: Stuck clean out
Posted by nicktheplumber on February 10, 2004 at 00:29:40:
In response to Re: Stuck clean out
: If it is a brass / bronze cleanout plug, use a hammer, chisle, and safety glasses.

: If it is cast iron / steel in cast iron, use a big, big, let me stress the big, pipe wrench with a cheater bar.

: Once removed, use an expandable rubber clean out plug or PVC/ABS plug.

The one thing you DON'T want to do is apply too much force and break the pipe you're working on. Try the heat method or the hammer/chisel technique, but be careful about "over-persuading" with the wrench.

If you can't get the plug out without beating or wrenching the plug to death, you should try DRILLING it out by drilling holes through the plug, sparing the female threads of the cleanout fitting, and working on the drilled out cap with a chisel. It's slow tedious work, but it always gets the job done without wrecking the rest of the drain line. When you've got it out, use a plastic threaded cap or a compression fitted cap that will be easy to remove later.

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