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    Default Need to find a wrench for this

    We have this main line cleanout cap in the driveway and it's an inverted square. Dont they make a wrench that will open this?

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    We use two large screw drivers , stick each one in opposite corners crossing the blades and twist. There is a manufacture that makes square head tools for the counter sunk plug as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewerRatz View Post
    We use two large screw drivers , stick each one in opposite corners crossing the blades and twist. There is a manufacture that makes square head tools for the counter sunk plug as well.

    Thanks. Any idea what they call that tool?
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    They call that tool a Eureka Cleanout Plug Wrench Lets see if this link works http://www.azpartsmaster.com/Product...__PAS4567.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewerRatz View Post
    They call that tool a Eureka Cleanout Plug Wrench Lets see if this link works http://www.azpartsmaster.com/Product...__PAS4567.aspx
    Thank you!
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    I always thought you were supposed to use a hammer and small chisel to open those up, slightly tapping in the right direction along the outer threads usually works ...

    but that is a neat tool....

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    Quote Originally Posted by master plumber mark View Post
    I always thought you were supposed to use a hammer and small chisel to open those up, slightly tapping in the right direction along the outer threads usually works ...

    but that is a neat tool....
    You know me, I must have new tools. I have a few I made for certain applications. One day I will take some pictures of them and post them up.

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    Being in the trade I have that tool as well.
    Problem is every time I find one of those some Idiot new construction plumber has always set the cleanout so deep in the floor that the tool won't reach it...

    If I was on Mellisa's situation where it's a one time use I would just measure the size of the square and buy a pipe plug with the same size square and turn it with a pipe wrench.

    Save a bit o cash...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    Being in the trade I have that tool as well.
    Problem is every time I find one of those some Idiot new construction plumber has always set the clean out so deep in the floor that the tool won't reach it...

    If I was on Mellisa's situation where it's a one time use I would just measure the size of the square and buy a pipe plug with the same size square and turn it with a pipe wrench.

    Save a bit o cash...
    The tool is only 12 bucks. I have a tool like that but the squares are extended a foot for the clean outs that are below the floor. I will take a picture once I pick up a new digital camera.

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    I use a pipe wrench,channel locks or hammer and cold chisel and have a supply of 4" pvc flush plugs and 'real tite' plugs ready to go.
    Last edited by Jay Mpls; 03-06-2009 at 07:43 AM. Reason: i type like h e l l .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewerRatz View Post
    You know me, I must have new tools. I have a few I made for certain applications. One day I will take some pictures of them and post them up.
    You cant have TOO MANY tools.
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    A section of the proper size square tubing from HD or Ace hardware will work also. That's assuming ANYTHING will turn it. In most cases it will have to be cut out and replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    A section of the proper size square tubing from HD or Ace hardware will work also. That's assuming ANYTHING will turn it. In most cases it will have to be cut out and replaced.
    No, we keep it loose so it can be turned. We've had so many problems with the plumbing here....
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    Loose is good, but even if it were not, it would not be a "plumbing problem" it would just be the normal situation. As my dad always said, "they make those plugs thin so we can chop them out easier."

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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    Loose is good, but even if it were not, it would not be a "plumbing problem" it would just be the normal situation. As my dad always said, "they make those plugs thin so we can chop them out easier."
    I was gonna look down there and see if I could tell anything, but I'm REALLY glad that I got the right plumber over here instead. This was a terrible mess that none of the rooter people could have ever solved:

    http://www.terrylove.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27371
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