Lead Pipe won't give...

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PCGumshoe wrote:

First of all, it will not be lead pipe. It will be galvanized pipe or something else. If it were lead, you would be able to melt it.
That said, if you want to shorten the pipe and can get to it, just cut it off at the desired length and rethread the end. Then proceed with your project. Handthreaders are rentable and simple. Applying heat to the tee would give you more of a chance to remove the existing pipe if you would rather do that. IOW, don't heat the pipe, heat the fitting.
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PCGumshoe wrote:
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Simple. You're using an old, way-too-small and worn out pipe wrench. Throw the thing in the trash and head for a real hardware store and buy a Ridgid aluminum 24" or better pipe wrench. Add a slip over pipe extension handle if you want to, apply to the galvanized pipe section and you'll be amazed at how easily it gives up. Wimpy tools are why so many amateurs get frustrated. Remember, you can always rent something big enough to do the job right if buying isn't in your budget. good luck.
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Most likely 3/4 galvanized water pipe. And the white stuff is pipe dope, to help keep the thread from leaking.
Use two pipe wrenches. One to hold the fitting, the other to apply the torque. The wrenches should face oposite directions. One opens up, the other opens down.
I got a set of three wrenches, in a case like this I'd use the 18 incher to hold the fitting, and the 24 incher to apply torque.
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Stormin Mormon wrote:

And heat the female fitting. Acetylene torch best, but probably get enough to help from just a large propane hand torch if that's all you got...
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