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Can someone identify this upside-down hammer arrestor looking plumbing fixture. Never saw this before, and was no reason to change the elevation of the plumbing.

Also, same fixture at the far right? Home built 1955.

Thanks for your help.

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Those are the distribution piping drains. If you ever need to drain the distribution pipes, you're supposed to go down there and remove the caps.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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Thanks Jim, what I don't understand is the extension on the left?

It provides no access to the drain. It obviously leaked at one time. Why not replace the elbow instead of soldering on the "extension"? ...could it be the handy homeowner noticed the leak and made repairs? No, that never happens.

The photos a little deceiving, the plumbing supply did not need to be lowered to clear the support beam.

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Thanks Jim, what I don't understand is the extension on the left?

It provides no access to the drain. It obviously leaked at one time. Why not replace the elbow instead of soldering on the "extension"? ...could it be the handy homeowner noticed the leak and made repairs? No, that never happens.

The photos a little deceiving, the plumbing supply did not need to be lowered to clear the support beam.

I see what you mean, but the one on the left is how I see them done all most of the time. I don't know why they put the little extra nipple in there but they do; I've bumped into the damn things often enough that I've got permanent bruises on my back to prove it

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In this case, the original plug probably leaked and the "repairer" had a nipple and cap. Saved a trip to HD. If you look closely at the plug on the right it looks newer than the fitting. (at least to me it does)

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In this case, the original plug probably leaked and the "repairer" had a nipple and cap. Saved a trip to HD. If you look closely at the plug on the right it looks newer than the fitting. (at least to me it does)

Everything looks new to a guy your age.

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