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  1. GC2

    GC2 New Member


    How do I go about removing the lead pipe from this cast iron bath overflow? Nothing seems keen to move!

    Thanks 20170808_153121.jpg 20170808_153115.jpg
  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Do you need the pipe afterwards?
  3. GC2

    GC2 New Member

    Nope. I wouldn't mind keeping the guard but that's not essential.
  4. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Use an angle grinder to grind the back off

    Good luck with the taps
  5. GC2

    GC2 New Member


    I'm keeping the taps and hopefully just fitting adapters.

    Is there anyway of doing it without an angle grinder?
  6. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Two ways hacksaw but very time consuming

    Or alot of heat on the back of the fitting (where the flats / nut shape is) e.g. Blow torch

    And undo from the front the front grill has female threads in it
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  7. Christopher buzzard

    Christopher buzzard New Member

    It tends to be the putty used to seal it which causes it to be mega tight to undo. Like above. When I come across this situation I use a little heat and undo from the front. Always worked for me. Good luck.
  8. GC2

    GC2 New Member

    Might give it a go with the blow torch and if that fails angle grinder it.

    Thanks again
  9. GC2

    GC2 New Member

    Going to give this a go. What's the best tool to use to undo the grill from the front?

  10. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Strap wrench but you have to be careful due to the heat
  11. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Any luck ?
  12. GC2

    GC2 New Member

    Yes! Just in the last minute. Combination of angle grinder and drilling.

    Thanks a lot for your help. Much appreciated. 20170814_134131.jpg
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