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 Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: Kurt P (NY)

Apart from a hammer or a wrench, does anyone know of any tools to "unscrew" a floor clean-out cap/plug that is in somewhat of a deep hole? The plugs look like the ones in this attached photo (2nd photo):

[home.howstuffworks.com]

Is there a long-handle tool on the market for this?

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: hj (AZ)

Your referenced site does not tell me if your plug has a square recess or a raised square head. Measure the inside of a recess or the outside of the head and buy a section of steel tubing with that dimension. However, as a practical matter, regardless of what you use, it may not turn without using a hammer and chisel at the same time.

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: Kurt P (NY)

It has a raised square head. Maybe about 1 and a half inche per side.

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: Kurt P (NY)

Thanks by the way. I will go to Home Depot or a hardware store and get what you suggested.

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: hj (AZ)

A piece of 2" square tubing should be just about right for it.

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: redwood (CT)

This early in the job and you are already facing problems...
I would suggest calling in a pro to get your drain working ASAP.

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: Kurt P (NY)

HJ, this is exactly what the plug looks like. It says 3 1/2 on top too. Does your recommendation remain the same?

[www.amazon.com]

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: packy (MA)

i may be wrong, but i don't believe there was ever a commercially made tool for this purpose. there are many possibilities for homemade tools to accomplish this job.
given how difficult it can be to remove a brass plug that has not been removed in many, many years, a hammer and chisel is usually the best approach.

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: redwood (CT)

This is the one we have.
[www.perfectoproducts.net]

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: packy (MA)

once again, i am proven to be out in left field with matsui...

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: redwood (CT)

Even with that it often comes down to a hammer and chisel.

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: packy (MA)

really now... how long would it have taken the original plumber to lather the plug with good grease?
too many guys out there who will tighten something within an inch of their life and if it leaks, get a bigger wrench...

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: e-plumber (NY)

Matsui will probably be on the bench as a DH, instead of out in LF but
the poster may only need a hammer if in fact he has a lead fit-all plug.



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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: redwood (CT)

Isn't that what new construction plumbers do?:X

Funny thing with the economy the way it is many of them are now entering the service plumbing area.

We can only hope that they run up against many of the roadblocks that we routinely deal with and learn the errors of their ways before construction heats up again...

If it is a lead fitall hopefully he's got enough room to knock it side to side with a hammer.



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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: zep (OK)

For my money .. it always comes to a hammer and chisel.

Takes three seconds to bang it out .. then you can replace it with an expanding rubber plug when you are done.

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: redwood (CT)

Ever seen a test plug blow out?:eek:

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: zep (OK)

"We can only hope that they run up against many of the roadblocks that we routinely deal with and learn the errors of their ways before construction heats up again... "

No doubt. I have a happy vision of a construction plumber turned serviceman cursing in agony at the cross that he put in last year because he is now trying to hit it with a cable :laugh:

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: zep (OK)

When I say 'expanding rubber plug' I don't mean one of those wing nut plugs. I have the ones that have rubber between the two metal plates. You tighten them with a crescent .. not a wing nut. I suppose they are still test plugs though.

No .. But I just read the post closer. I thought he was talking about an 1.5" floor drain plug based on the title of the thread, not a 3.5" CO plug. I wouldn't put a test plug in a clean out.

I still don't usually mess with them though. If they give me even the beginning of a hard time I just chisel them out and replace them.

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: hj (AZ)

Yes.

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 Re: Tools to remove floor drain cap/plug?
Author: hj (AZ)

It isn't. It is a standard 3 1/2" brass plug in a 4" cast iron cleanout. And, since a lead FitAll plug SHOULD be screwed in, (the lead has a tapered thread on its outside to fit several sizes), not hammered, even then it would unscrew.

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