Re: About to start digging cast iron sewer line up...*H*E*L*P*!
Posted by e-plumber on May 29, 2004 at 09:21:54:
In response to Re: About to start digging cast iron sewer line up...*H*E*L*P*!
: I have a 60 year old house with the old cast iron sewer pipe. I have had to have it snaked out ever 4-7 months for the past 5 years. I just kept putting off replacing it but it has now become time to bite the bullet and do it. I got an estimate of $1500, it runs about 50'. I have decided to do it myself.

: I am about to go out now and start digging it up, I have no idea what I am getting myself into as I am not a plumber. I am an Antique dealer and machinist by trade (25yrs), don't know if the machinist experience is going to help at all but I can not afford the $1500 right now.

: Questions:
: 1.)How do I cut the pipe once I have it all exposed (best tool)?
: 2.)What do I use to make the new connection to the old pipe?
: 3.)Is PVC better than going with some sort of steel/iron replacement?

: Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

Reply:
1.)How do I cut the pipe once I have it all exposed (best tool)?
>It depends on the piping material. Either a chain cutter, recipricting saw or cut off saw with the appropriate blade.
2.)What do I use to make the new connection to the old pipe?
>It depends the piping material and what local plumbing code requires.
3.)Is PVC better than going with some sort of steel/iron replacement?
>PVC may not be permitted to use in your area, check with the plumbing inspector. It is easier to work with compared to cast iron, (which I prefer and which is code around here) and the joining technique makes it almost impossible for tree roots to penetrate the line.
This job should be filed and inspected.
e-plumber



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