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Doh, I broke the soil pipe!
|Demolishing the last remnants of the old cloakroom goes horribly wrong when the first blow of the sledgehammer sends a block straight through the soil pipe!
||Well, I should have seen it coming. When you're demolishing you really should assess the likelihood for collateral damage. Take measures to protect anything you really don't want to get broken, no matter how unlikely it might at first appear. Sod's law says, if it can get broken and you really don't want it to, it almost certainly will.
Having holed the pipe at lunchtime, I then had half a day to restore toilet facilities to our home before Becca returned from her day job. Not how I'd planned it. I also hadn't planned to break the Y-branch fitting, so it was off to Wickes for emergency supplies.
I got back at around 2:30pm, with a multitude of joining pieces at hand and now only a few hours to get the job done. Removing the broken y-branch and the joining section of the pipe was no mean feat. Ended up taking the whole section out up to the join with the old iron pipe and using a club hammer and wooden drift to dismantle.
Once all the bits were apart and cleaned I used some wet and dry to polish the joining sections of the pipes for easier reassembly it was a case of working out the revised lengths. Had already installed the new section of pipe through the wall ready to run into the stack, so it was simply a case of making sure we had a down hill flow to the new branch in the stack.
Joining sections into the existing stack requires a special slip-over joining piece called a push fit ring seal connector. Basically your new section can only be as big as the gap in the pipe otherwise you wouldn't be able to get it in. But, that section is going to drop down two inches into the drain collar at floor level, leaving a two-inch gap in the pipe. The ring seal connector slips down (you push it up out of the way first) over this gap to complete the repair.
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