How to Disassemble a Cast Iron Bell Spigot Type Oakum & Lead Joint?

Answer Older cast iron sewer pipes were formed with a bell on one end (looking somewhat like a flared end) and a spigot on the other (straight pipe end.) The spigot on one pipe was pushed into the bell en... Read More »

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How to Remove the Lead & Oakum From Cast Iron Fittings?

Cast iron soil pipe has been used to construct sewage drains for many years. The pipe was originally designed to join using molten lead and oakum. Salvage yards pay higher prices for clean metals. ... Read More »

Alternatives to Lead Seal in Cast Iron Drain Pipes?

Lead should never be permitted to enter the water system. Whether a potable water supply or drain line, lead is a poisonous mineral to all types of life. Allowing lead to enter drainage water will ... Read More »

Should a cast iron pot or dutch oven be seasoned with oil in the same way as a cast iron skillet?

Is iron from cast-iron pans absorbed by the body?

On One Hand: Food Absorbs Iron from Cast-Iron CookwareAccording to Dr. Andrew Weil, cast-iron cookware does leach iron into food, and it is an advantage to people who don't get enough iron in their... Read More »