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The 4" lead vertical pipe coming down through the basement ceiling meets up with a 90* elbow then goes horizontal downstream. Right before the vertical pipe meets the elbow, there is a 2" horizontal lead pipe that "T" into the 4" vertical pipe. This 2" horizontal pipe is about 12 inches long before it elbows upward again, into the the basement ceiling. It is a vent pipe, I believe. The 2" elbow is all corroded. I was told that it drips once in a while. Maybe when there was a clog, water backs up into the 12" of horizontal 2" vent pipe and reach the elbow. Anyway, it obviously have a hole at the elbow. How do I patch it? A piece of lead and a small torch to melt the edge of the patch to the pipe, covering the hole? Tight space! Silicone caulking? Epoxy ... the gummy tootsie roll type that cures to hard as rock? Cut, remove, replace? Again, tight space.
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Important note - I'm not a pro
Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013
You get a torch near that and the lead will disappear faster than an Oreo at a weight watchers meeting. Best solution, take it out and re-pipe.
Oh-Keeeeie ..... Thanks guys. Fire is out.
Sorry, no pictures. Tried a couple of shots, did not turn out very well.
Never work with lead before. How do I take it out? There is not even a joint or fitting. The 2" pipe just seamlessly "T" into the 4" pipe. Same for the elbow, it just seamlessly turns upward.
Assuming I can cut out just the elbow part, can I get a rubber boot type elbow with steel hose clamp at both ends? How soft are these pipes? Will it collapes if I torque down the hose clamps?
You probably want a plumber for this job...
Where does the lead end?
I'm talking we are taking the lead out....
New closet flange right to the cast iron...
Where does the other smaller line that ties into the lead go?
This leaking 2" lead elbow only leaks once in a blue moon. A plumber came in and worked on something else looked at it and he said it's probably a vent pipe. Maybe that is why we rarely see water drip from it.
Like I mentioned earlier, it "T" out of the 4" vertical lead pipe that came down from the basement ceiling that fits into a 4 inch elbow. This 2" lead pipe turns up again into a wall upstairs. This elbow is pretty close to the subfloor of the floor above.
You, and the majority of plumbers, do not have the skill to work on that piece of lead and repair it. Even taking it out and replacing it could be beyond your level of incompetence. It is usually much more complicated than just, "Cut it off and change it to PVC/ABS". Call a plumber.
I would assume you are referring to the old slipping Fernco on the tapered bushing routine?
That and using a Fernco to do it, as starters.
Then may I assume that Mighty Putty would not be an acceptable fix? Darn!
OK, it is too complicated of a job for me, and most plumbers ..... so how DO a well trained plumber do it? Please use layman terms. Lots of words you guys throw around is beyond me, but I am willing to learn.
I think the best thing to do would be to send some pictures.I can repair lead
pipe as I was trained by an old master plumber and it was in my journeymans
test the first year of my apprenticship.If you want to fly me out I`m sure could fix it.
Is this some kind of old world high tech secret that no one wants to talk about it? Now I am just so curious about what the big deal is. Not that I am believing it is simple job. I DO believe that it is beyond me, and most plumber. I am just curious, just like when I read an article on how a jet engine works, I had no intention to tear into one. For a usually chatty forum, this topic is pretty quiet.