WOOHOO! Poured my first lead and oakum joint. No fuss, it appears to be leadk-tight, and I'm feeling a nice sense of accomplishment. You pros, feel free to criticize the work! If I did it wrong, I'd like to know. And hopefully someone can learn from any mistakes I may have made in the future.
A HUGE thanks to nukeman for helping me out with a short piece of cast iron to use. I owe you one!!!
Bought a 5 lbs lead cake from my local specialty plumbing store, along with some oakum.
I packed the oakum down, and tamped it with a hammer and home-made yarning tools made with short sections of PVC - this allowed me to make proper angles to pack the stuff down. Consequently, I used a screwdriver, and more pieces of custom-cut PVC to caulk the joint once it was poured.
I used MAPP gas, and an old pot to melt the lead - had the fire extinguisher nearby, and was careful about not burning the house down.
Here are some pics:
Looks good to me.I am old school taught I was trained to do pours on horizontal joints and also to do a wiped lead joint. Now that is a fun thing to do.
ideally you want to caulk the ferrule into the joint.get you piece of ci.fill joint with oakem leaving about 1 inch.get a couple of bars of 60/40 solder.melt in pot.pour into fittting.hit it in to joint when it cools of.if you are in ny ,you can go to central plumbing,they have all the parts,as a last resort they do have lead wool which will work.just used it 2 days ago in a building where we wwere not able to get a shut down.good luck
Was that the wife's sauce pan you melted the lead in?
[B]No, plumbing ain't rocket science. Unlike rocket science, plumbing requires a license[B]