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Nothing has come crashing down that wasn't supposed to.

Got up bright and early to head off to Home Depot to rent a soil pipe cutter (a devise that's basically a chain with cutting disks on it and a method of tightening it around the pipe until it snaps. It makes a loud bang when it does.).
Then I snapped the pipe in the basement. Next I chiseled and pounded the bell of that pipe where it met the Sanitary Octopus (my new name for the unusual connection I mentioned before) until I managed to break it off. That went pretty well. Then I had to saw through the vent above where it had disintegrated with a reciprocating saw. I mentioned earlier that I love using a reciprocating saw. Not when cutting through 2" cast iron pipe. It is a long and tiring process. But once finished with that I was left with the hard bit. Getting the Octopus out without breaking the stack pipe it was connected to. I spent a great deal of time chiseling and whacking at it when I suddenly remembered the angle grinder! Had to get some new cutting wheels but I went to town on that thing, cutting at it any way I could. Sparks were flying everywhere. It was cool. Finally, I managed to loosen it up enough that it could be pounded off. CZ helped with that. She pounded and I caught the bastard. Here's what the wacky Octopus looks like:

Now I need to clean the lead and oakum from the upper pipe and install the PVC temp pipe. Then work out the plan for real reassembly.

Date: 2005-09-16 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Looks like you're having fun with your 'little' project. How old is the house? Some of the old cast iron in my house (125 years old) resembles that...but alas, it didn't have as many arms. ;)

Date: 2005-09-16 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You could call it fun. At least in retrospect when it all works out. It is certainly pleasant to do something you've never done before and were a bit afraid to try and have it work out.
This house was built in 1910 or 1911 (depending on which source you reference) so it's only 95 years old.

Tools! (Getting my Vlad Tepes on...)

Date: 2005-09-18 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
a devise that's basically a chain with cutting disks on it and a method of tightening it around the pipe until it snaps

Sounds like a fun toy... ::imagines substituting particular people for plumbing::

Re: Tools! (Getting my Vlad Tepes on...)

Date: 2005-09-18 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is fun, though a bit heavy and unwieldy. I'm not sur I want to know who's on the list...

Re: Tools! (Getting my Vlad Tepes on...)

Date: 2005-09-18 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nobody I can actually get my hands on (luckily for all of us).

Y'know, I'm normally a pretty peaceful and gentle person. But sometimes...

Re: Tools! (Getting my Vlad Tepes on...)

Date: 2005-09-18 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm sure you are.
I wouldn't mind if the president ate more pretzels...

Re: Tools! (Getting my Vlad Tepes on...)

Date: 2005-09-19 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have seen one of these pipe cutter thingees in action, and they are very cool! I think it was on This Old House or something. It did make a lovely SNAP when it cut through!

Hadn't thought of it as a means for dealing out justice on the truly deserving, but that might be fun! I'm thinking someone's skull might be appropriately formed so that you would get the same satisfying CRACK, but you might need a custom-built or industrial strength model.

Me and Patrick's lovely wife had a discussion one day about the most satisfying way of murdering someone, and I thought a baseball bat to the head, a la The Untouchables, would be the most satisfying, because you could feel the impact all the way up your arms, and see the pieces splatter. Mmmmmmmm... I don't think shooting someone would be nearly so rewarding. Maybe pinning them against a brick wall with the front bumper of your car, though, letting 'em squirm a little... now that's a recurring (re-occuring? whatever) dream I have. And it's always my first car, my lovely old 1974 Chevy Impala, some serious chrome and Detroit steel there!

Re: Tools! (Getting my Vlad Tepes on...)

Date: 2005-09-19 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We all try very hard not to upset HME2...I generally fail but she hasn't killed me yet.

Re: Tools! (Getting my Vlad Tepes on...)

Date: 2005-09-23 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
WHAAA??? Oh, I am a sweeeeeet person! When it gets right down to it, I only very nearly choked my brother to death, and that doesn't count because I was 13 or 14, and therefore still a juvenile, and besides, I let him up after he started turning blue and I knew Mom would be really mad if I killed him. And I only really thought about caving Lobb's head in with a heavy particle-board dresser drawer and rolling him down the steps at my Auntie's house and pushing his dead body into the lake. I never followed through. So neither one counts.

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