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By Barbara in Wilton, NH on 6/20/2007


My excavation contractor says that it is the foundation contractor's job to place the septic pipe in the wall while pouring the walls.  The concrete contractor says that typically the septic installer places a pipe at the correct location and elevation and then they pour the walls, or sometimes, the septic installer drills the hole after the walls are poured.  Our post & beam builder says to drill after, then any leaks are the septic installers responsbility.

Anyone know who did or does what? They are just standing around pointing the finger.

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By Tom in Stroudsburg, PA on 6/28/2007


It will save you money to have the septic guy show the concrete guy where he wants to have a sleeve put in the wall for his pipe. It can be done afterward, but core drilling a solid conctete wall is a pain in the a--. If the septic guy says he'll drill it and you already have a price locked in, don't worry about it.
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By Terry in Phoenix / Oracle, AZ on 6/28/2007


Have the septic contractor show you where he wants the sleeve.  You can do this as Tom suggests or just have him show you.  Then you need to make the concrete / foundation contractor insert a sleeve (preferably about 1" diameter bigger than the intended pipe to run through it) in his forms. 

Drilling the wall afterward will be far more difficult.  You could hit rebar and wreck a coring drill bit (expensive) if you do.  Aside from that, the sleeve gives the pipe a smooth surface and room to move a bit without chaffing as might happen on a concrete surface. 

The use of sleeves of this sort is a very common method to run plumbing of various sorts through the foundation of buildings.  So, this is the method I would use myself.

 


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By Mike in Marion, OH on 7/5/2007


My personal opinion is your concrete walls contractor dropped the ball on this one. My concrete contractor put sleeves in the wall for things I forgot about like the water line. And the septic was a 5" PVC pipe so that the 4" waste line will slide through it.


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By Bob in New Florence, PA on 8/23/2007


We are doing block; but in the planning stages we made sure to clarify it with our subs that the excavator was putting the sleeve in before the footer and that is what we got
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