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Thor
Frozen pipe

I am remodeling my bathroom. I have been trying to unscrew the 2 inch pipe from the bathtub drain that connects to the waste tee. The pipe will not budge. I have used liquid wrench and a 5 ft pipe as leverage to no avail and the pipe is now deformed. Should my next step be to heat the pipe with a torch and try again. I would rather not have to cut the entire line of the vent and waste section. Any suggestions are appreciated.

BigWalt
Candle wax

Use cheapo candles.
Candle wax is an excellent stuff for loosing rusty, seized, over-tighten pipe fitting.

Heat the pipe warm / hot enough for candle wax to flow inside the pipe threads.
Loosen pipe/ fittings in normal matter.

Ask me how I know this!;)

canuk
Re: Candle wax

Thor .... if BigWalt's suggestion doesn't work try cutting only a small section of pipe. You can replace that section with Fernco coupler and PVC/ABS pipe later when you need to make the connection.

Just a thought. :)

BigWalt wrote:

Use cheapo candles.
Candle wax is an excellent stuff for loosing rusty, seized, over-tighten pipe fitting.

Heat the pipe warm / hot enough for candle wax to flow inside the pipe threads.
Loosen pipe/ fittings in normal matter.

Ask me how I know this!;)

Ok I'll bite .... how do you know this? :D

JacktheShack
Re: Frozen pipe

There's a special tool called a dumbell wrench used to remove rust-frozen drains.

They sometimes also use a pipe-expanding tool (used in automotive work to expand exhaust pipes in muffler systems), carried by Pep Boys, or auto parts stores.

http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/plumbing/bathtub/drain2/replace.htm
http://www.terrylove.com/wwwboard/messages/9740.html
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/tvprograms/asktoh/qaarticle/0,16588,1218679,00.html

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