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I am currently putting in a new bathroom in the basement, and since I have everything exposed I want to upgrade some of the plumbing, including the removal of 2 lead closet bends.

My friend removed a couple lead bends in his house recently and said he tried to drill all sorts of holes in the lead, tried prying it out, etc., but to no avail. He ended up removing them easily with an acetylene torch to soften the lead.

Are there any other “tricks or tips” anyone might have as far as removing the lead from the packed joint? My father-in-law does have an acetylene torch I can use, but just wondering before hand if there were any other “tricks of the trade.” After I remove it, can I just clean the remaining lead out of the cast and then just use a Fernco donut type fitting to adapt the PVC to it?

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Jon
 

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Thats the best way is with a torch, unless you use a picking tool that works too. Drilling them is fun, just get a lot of bits the break a lot.

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Back your truck up to the closest door to your basement. Run a chain from your bumper and hook it around the lead bend. Give it a little gas.... that lead bend will pop right out.
 

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