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    Default Drain pipe stuck in wall...

    Hi- thank you very much in advance-
    While removing an old (i.e. 60's) bathroom sink and faucet, the pipe going into the wall would not come out. After tugging, cutting, etc.. the pipe old pipe, meaning the pipe that was originally attached to the trap, is now flush with the wall.
    Is there a possible way to remove this without tearing up the wall?
    Thanks again~
    Paul

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    Was there a slip nut and washer on this pipe or did it just seem to go into the wall with out anything holding it in place? A picture would be helpful. If there was s slip nut and washer you just have to get under the piece of pipe with a strong screw driver and try to fold it on itself. If it did not have the slip nut it is likely you have a solder fitting in place. Back in the 50's and 60's they screwed in this bushing that allowed the plumber to solder the quarter bend of the p-trap in place. If that is the case get a hacksaw blade and cut the bushing out.

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    There might have been an easier way before you cut it. Now you have to peel the pipe out of the fitting and the deeper in the wall it is the harder it will be to do it.

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    Thanks guys for replying. The pipe is just the "typical" drain pipe secured by a washer on the wall. I tried the screwdriver - very difficult ---- were you talking about using a hacksaw blade to cut it? Or any other ideas? Thanks again - -
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbluueyes View Post
    Thanks guys for replying. The pipe is just the "typical" drain pipe secured by a washer on the wall. I tried the screwdriver - very difficult ---- were you talking about using a hacksaw blade to cut it? Or any other ideas? Thanks again - -
    Paul
    A hacksaw blade cut through it a few times like in the 12 o clock 3 o clock 6 oclock and 9 oclock positions, then use the screw driver to pry out the pieces. Be careful they are sharp. I run into this every now and then, each time it is a royal pain to get the piece out.

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    Thanks again for the reply- I am at a different location from the problem pipe so I will try tomorrow - do you think it is ok if I can only get about 1" of the pipe out of the wall and leave the rest in the wall? i.e. - the old pipe may be 4" into the wall, I can remove 1" of it an put the new pipe butting up against the old remaining 3" - obviously this is not preferable but I am thinking it is going to be a bear getting the entire thing out - --

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbluueyes View Post
    Thanks again for the reply- I am at a different location from the problem pipe so I will try tomorrow - do you think it is ok if I can only get about 1" of the pipe out of the wall and leave the rest in the wall? i.e. - the old pipe may be 4" into the wall, I can remove 1" of it an put the new pipe butting up against the old remaining 3" - obviously this is not preferable but I am thinking it is going to be a bear getting the entire thing out - --

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    Paul
    It is best to try and get it all out.

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    It WILL be a bear to get out, but you have to do it. As I said, it might have been easier before you cut it out, but now you have little choice except to do it right. How about a picture of what you are working with so we can be sure we are giving you the right advice for your problem?

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