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Slow Flushing Toilet[Copper DRAIN pipes] Read this; Photos

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by ozzie88, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. ozzie88

    ozzie88 Member

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    I bought this house 2 years ago,toilet never did flush good,checked everything I could looked ok. Seen some small green corrosion on 3inch copper drain pipe did not think nothing. Then when bare-foot in basement and touch water pipe got very small shock? Hum? Finally talked to a plumber said the copper pipe is coroded from electric backfeeding call electric company,so I did, they came out checked wires and transformer on pole,ground was gone, and neutrual was off transformer, they said this would cause a backfeed to my house or others too,[new transformer on] Now here photos of how bad my pipes were filled up with this green stuff a 7 feet piece and one smaller were stuffed.
    Anyways took out all copper drains put pvc. in everything works good now and no more shock from pipe. SAM_0764.JPG

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  2. vinny11950

    vinny11950 Minister of Fire

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    Wow! thanks for sharing.
  3. greg13

    greg13 Feeling the Heat

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    And if you were smart, you scraped the copper and about paid for the new PVC.
  4. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Along these lines, I had to clear a kitchen drain for a lady the other day. She was boiling hamburger for her dog, then pouring the water down the sink. Trap completely stuffed with grease.
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    jimbom Combustion Analyzer

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    My dog wants to be traded. It can be for a mutt to be named later. Only meat he gets is the odd deer leg or whatnot he drags up to the house. The vet always sounds kind of disappointed when he says his teeth look good for an old dog. No teeth cleaning necessary.
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    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, she used to fry it but she didn't like the smell anymore.
  7. ozzie88

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    Well I did just that and more, got $164.00 for copper i took and the 1 1/2inch. drain I put on wood lathe and buffed to make grab rails and towell racks for bathroom, and even buffed the 90* elbows [brass] came out good i thought, sealed them also. SAM_0780.JPG
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    Well I did just that and more, got $164.00 for copper i took and the 1 1/2inch. drain I put on wood lathe and buffed to make grab rails and towell racks for bathroom, and even buffed the 90* elbows [brass] came out good i thought, sealed them also. View attachment 65044
  9. Highbeam

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    I have all copper drain lines too. Pretty crazy what they did in 1963. I had to bond them all to the copper water and then to the ground rods/panel during a recent panel swap.
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    How did you anchor the hand rails please? Looks great.
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    That's one of the coolest towel racks I've ever seen!
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    +1 very cool

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