Seahawk Highlights Video (206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle

# Thread: 3" PVC stack into Cast iron cleanout

1. ## 3" PVC stack into Cast iron cleanout

I am adding a full bath into the 2nd floor of a Cape Cod. I have run a new 3" stack over to the existing cleanout in the floor, which is 4" cast iron. The cleanout has a 3 1/2" brass plug. Is there an adaptor available to bring me from 3" PVC to thread into a 3 1/2" cast iron fitting? What are my options?
Thank you.

2. Not that I'm aware of. 3-1/2" is an odd thread size. Sorry.

3. ## Pipe Sizes - now and then

Greetings Snelson,

I’m curious about your 3.5” pipe. A common mistake with pipe is trying to measure it with a tape measure. If your clean-out plug measures 3.5”, then what you have is a 3 inch pipe.

It’s kinda like trying to find 2 inches or 4 inches on a 2 x 4 stud. A long time ago (in a land far – far a way…) when steel chemistry was crappy, the pipe walls were thicker. So, an I 1/2 pipe I.D. was 1.5”.

As steels improved, they were able to make the wall thinner, but to keep the pipe “backwards compatible” with existing fittings, the pipe O.D. was kept the same as before.

Pipe
Size:

1/2" =0.840" o.d.
3/4" =1.050" o.d.
1" =1.315" o.d.

1 1/4" =1.660" o.d.
1 1/2" =1.900" o.d.
2" =2.375" o.d.

2 1/2” =2.875" o.d.
3" =3.500" o.d.
4" =4.500" o.d

5" =5.563" o.d.
6" =6.625" o.d.
8" =8.625" o.d.

10" =10.750" o.d.
12 =12.750" o.d

Phat

4. ## co

About the only common bushing you will find is a 3 1/2" x 2" one. But the cleanout is not an approved sanitary fitting so you should not connect your drain to it, but should install a proper sanitary tee for the connection and be sure to retain, or provide a new, cleanout in that area.

5. [QUOTE=Phatbrain]Greetings Snelson,

I’m curious about your 3.5” pipe. A common mistake with pipe is trying to measure it with a tape measure. If your clean-out plug measures 3.5”, then what you have is a 3 inch pipe.

Cast iron cleanout tees and cleanout ferrules have a 3 1/2" plug tap. It goes back to the original specification that a cleanout opening had to be the size of the pipe, and a 3 1/2" tap was 4" o.d. and thus was adequate for a 4" pipe. It is still the same with cast iron, but plastic cleanout tees use a plug the same diameter as the pipe. 3 1/2" plugs are made in plastic also for use in cast iron fittings.

6. Gotch - thanks HJ.

The confusion on pipe / tubing sizes is one that I battle constantly.

Phat

7. Why can't I use the cleanout to connect an auxiliary DWV stack if I install a new cleanout into the new stack so that it can be used to reach both?

8. Macska, I think HJ explained that part already...?

9. Edited: HJ, plumguy and Kristi have kindly begun to address my question on another thread. No need to have two threads on the same issue.

10. ## ummmm

anyways just to answer your question...they do make a 3 1/2" tp 3" reducing bushing =) it's available in both black, and galvanized.

11. As Jimmie said, A plumbing supply store should carry the fitting you need. I just bought a black fitting and my store had it in stock. It is not a Home Depot item.

12. ## posting

Phatbrain, I am curious how you inserted that quote and posted the reply using my "account".

#### Posting Permissions

• You may not post new threads
• You may not post replies
• You may not post attachments
• You may not edit your posts
•