during our bathroom conversion we came across what could be a problem.
the gas pipe to the kitchen runs under the bathroom floor and thru the wall
then across the ceiling of the kitchen which is all covered up with
plasterboard. and finally feeds the cooker.
do we have to replace lead with copper to keep within specs?
last thing i want is to rip out kitchen units to gain access so i can get a
copper pipe thru.
In my honest opinion I would get the pipe replaced as soon as possible.
I will no doubt get shot down in flames now, but my understanding, from a
friend whom was once a chemist for BG, Natural Gas dries out the lead pipe
and they had to put additives into the pipe lines. Now of course they are
replacing all the lead pipes in the streets as a matter of upgrading the
national gas network.
In some areas, lead pipes were used in the streets, but as you say, they did
use Cast Iron as well, but lead pipes into the houses.
A few years ago when I lived in Sheffield, BG or their contractors came
round and renewed the Gas mains, some of which were Cast others lead but
certainly lead into the houses
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