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    fairly Posts: 5, Reputation: 1
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    Nov 25, 2003, 07:11 AM
    Broken pipe in wall
    :'( Trying to fix clogged drains. While unscrewing pipe fitting from wall, pipe cracked. Lots of buildup in the grooves. Trying to replace the fitting and it won't fit due to grooves not being clean. What 's the best way to clean the grooves. Been "chipping" at it for 2 days... we are out both sinks in the bathrooms until this gets fixed. Also, would you recommend I get a plumber, or should this be an easy fix? Thanks so much for your help :)
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    Nov 26, 2003, 06:55 AM
    Broken pipe in wall
    Don't chip away at the threads. To clean up rusted threads I put a small wire brush on my cordless drill and buff the rust out. This works on both male and female threads. That way you won't nick them and cause a crossthread. How are you attempting to clear the drain? Plunger, snake? And why would it be necessary to remove the pipe to do it? Have you removed the plunger,(stopper) and checked the drain for hair build up? Since most kitchen sink and bathroom lavatory clogs occur in the lateral, (horzontal) pipe in the wall leading from the trap to the stack you won't have to run out much over 5 feet of snake. This should be a easy job for a home owner. More questions? I'm as close as a click. Good luck, Tom

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