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Old 03-24-2020, 09:31 PM   #1
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Is there a tool made that could get this 9" long piece of 3"ABS out of this 4" cast iron pipe without busting up the tile/concrete (ground) floor? It's been stuck in there for years and causes backups every couple months. It's less then 4' from the floor flange. (2' down, 1'10" horizontal) I think it would have to be cut to get it around the closet bend. A salesman told me about an air operated grabber tool? I had no idea what he was talking about. But he also thought it was a piece of 2"ABS. I'm sure it's 3".
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Old 03-24-2020, 09:34 PM   #2
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Never say never! All I see is a bust up....
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Can't you just make a hook with some flat stock steel?
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Can't you just make a hook with some flat stock steel?
It’s there for a reason. Rotted out cast. Locate and bust up. This would be T&M for us with a worst case up front guesstimate.
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Can't you just make a hook with some flat stock steel?

It's long and has to go around a 90, so no.






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Is there a tool made that could get this 9" long piece of 3"ABS out of this 4" cast iron pipe without busting up the tile/concrete (ground) floor? It's been stuck in there for years and causes backups every couple months. It's less then 4' from the floor flange. (2' down, 1'10" horizontal) I think it would have to be cut to get it around the closet bend. A salesman told me about an air operated grabber tool? I had no idea what he was talking about. But he also thought it was a piece of 2"ABS. I'm sure it's 3".



It may actually be some old hack job to fix the cast iron or a crack so maybe it's best in place. or just bust up the slab. Looks like spray foam around it used as sealant. It's definitely 3".


Assuming it's all bedded in nonflammable cement and dirt and all the rest is cast iron........


I say use a piece of skinned csst gas piping to blow hot air in with your blow torch. That will melt it good or maybe even light it on fire. Then you can run the snake through and stick it good while it's melted. Or just burn it all up.


Or pour some kerosene down, light it, and put your shop vac on blow. Gasoline would work too but that would be dangerous and irresponsible.








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It’s there for a reason. Rotted out cast. Locate and bust up. This would be T&M for us with a worst case up front guesstimate.
Oh I see, Skoro has put that in, you know his trick, right?
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It’s there for a reason. Rotted out cast. Locate and bust up. This would be T&M for us with a worst case up front guesstimate.
I think it's been in there since the original installation in 1985. And I see no reason. It could have been kids playing in the ditches and piles of dirt after the plumbers went home after work, or a pissed off employee. I don't think it would make it around the closet bend.
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hell just pour some gasoline down the drain and light it up, that piece will melt away quicker than snow in august......
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‘85 I have hard time believing cast was original... but I have come across clay less than 10 years old. My town was the clay city.

Under tile it’s hard to say if it was busted up before....
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Can't you just make a hook with some flat stock steel?
I guess I'm going to have to pull the toilet, remove tile, jack through the floor down to the 1/4 bend, pull it off, get a 2' piece of 1/2" all thread, use it to hammer the ABS loose, pull it out hoping the 4" cast is there and undamaged, and then put it all back together. Dang! I was hoping someone would be able to save me from this.
It's my own condo, so I'll have to do the work.
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