I want to get a pipe that runs up one of the walls in my flat removed, as I
think it is no longer in use. It looks to my untrained eye like lead -
meaning presumably it's at least less likely to be in use. Does anyone know
if there's a way to tell whether there's any water going through it without
cutting into it? I've attached a link to a picture, below for anyone who
wants to hazard a guess as to what it's made out of.
If it is lead, then the surface will be very soft and easy to scratch. If you
had to work hard at getting it as bright as in your photos,then I suspect it
might be galvanised steel.
If it is in a flat then it could be serving somone else above or below yours?
Can you get to one end or a tee junction to see if it has been connected with a
wiped joint or a screw thread?
Would that pipe be about 100mm in diameter as it looks like an old lead
toilet soil pipe from the colour of the photo?
If it is, check to see if yours and your neighbours toilets are connected to
it and if they are then it is still "live" and cannot be removed without
some form of replacement to carry away the waste.
No, it's only about 32mm in diameter. If I remember correctly, when I boxed
it in (replacing some bulkier 100year-old looking boxing) there was another
pipe that came down parallel to that one, and was capped off half the way
down the wall.
It may be gas, I would ask the people above if you can trace it out
just in case. In my old house the gas was lead and when they came to
remove it transco had to dig up the road as apparently they never used
to fit isolation valves in those days.
On 26 Aug 2003 00:17:36 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (rob w) wrote:
When I was rebuilding the first floor bathroom in my 1948 ex-council
house I came across a capped pipe end in the wall cavity. It was a
dirty black thing, maybe 30 to 40mm dia - can't remember exactly. It
was a bit in the way of a drain pipe that I wanted to put through the
wall, so I considered removing it. Being wary of unexpected surprises,
I removed the end cap carefully. It was a gas pipe, and still
connected. The house has never had any gas appliance fitted upstairs,
so they must have had a change of plan during the building phase.
On Mon, 25 Aug 2003 23:13:30 GMT, "Frank Mulvenny"
Two pipes of that diameter running parallel could be old feeds from a
back boiler or kitchen range - possibly in the original house before
conversion. If you go down from them would that take you to where an
old range or fire place might have been?
It looks like an old 7lb lead water main or something. Try putting a
screwdriver point against it and your ear to the handle and if you hear a
hissing sort of sound then it is still feeding something. You might have to
flush your loo or wait for a neighbour to run some water, but it should tell
you quite well if it is still live.
From the scrape marks, it looks very much like lead.
Lead was also used for gas pipes, so discovering that it does not contain
water is not necessarily useful. You really need to try to trace the ends if
you want to cut it away.
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