+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Frozen pipe

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    1

    Default 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.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    246

    Thumbs up 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!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    The Great White North
    Posts
    4,045

    Default 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.





    Quote Originally Posted by BigWalt View Post
    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?
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
    - Rush

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    443

    Default 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/p...n2/replace.htm
    http://www.terrylove.com/wwwboard/messages/9740.html
    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/tvpr...218679,00.html
    Last edited by JacktheShack; 07-02-2008 at 10:38 AM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •