Re: Soil stack woes. Need help and advice.
Off-topic post here, skip to the next one if you're only interested in fixing houses.
I've found that there are people in this world who will believe the first thing they hear on a subject (or the most dramatic presentation) and no amount of evidence to the contrary will convince them otherwise. If you had said last February that Barack Obama was a St. Bernard, there are people who would still believe that he is a St. Bernard. (That was a lame attempt at humor. You're supposed to laugh.)
There are also people who are convinced that their methodology is the ONLY methodology that will work, and any other way of doing it is either inefficient or flawed. When I was an apprentice plumber, my foreman (who was very good at his job) fell into this category. But I believe that what works for one person may not work so well for another.
Consider the original poster's problem. If this issue were in the home of a drywall installer or plasterer and he were doing it himself, he would most likely open up the wall on the interior because that is where he is most experienced and likely will be the most efficient. On the other hand, if it were the home of a framing carpenter, it would likely be more efficient for him to work from the outside.
Same situation, but the different experience of the different people merits different approaches, and both are valid.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.