Repair or replace sanitary tee behind wall in bathroom sink

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  1. Tom Smalley

    Tom Smalley New Member

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    Anyone had this happen? Attempting to unclog my bathroom sink drain by removing trap. In doing so, the glued in, and brittle horizontal ABS pipe connecting the trap to the sanitary tee in the drainline broke off.

    It looks like I need to either:

    - cut out the tee and plumb a new one back in, or
    - try to save the fitting somehow

    #1 - access is tough. It's behind the double wide sink structure and I really dont' want to pull the sink out myself, I'd probably have to hire contractors to do this one.

    #2 - How to replace the tee? I'm assuming I'd need plenty of extra drain line in order to couple a new tee back in. I haven't opened the wall yet, so I'll find out what I'm working with when I do that

    Questions:
    - Has anyone fixed one of these without removing the built in sink and cabinets?
    - Is it possible to by a longer tee so after I cut the old one out, I can just glue a longer one back in, without having to couple it in?
    - One suggestion has been to get a ram-bit to reem out the fitting. I like that idea

    Thanks very much!
    Tom
     
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Normally you can open the wall, and replace the santee in the wall using shielded couplings. It may be best to hire that out to someone that does it though.
     
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  4. Tom Smalley

    Tom Smalley New Member

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    Thanks for the insight, greatly appreciated!
     
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