I've just purchased an older home that has 1/2" galvanized water line coming
through the foundation in the basement. It sticks in there about 14" before
it elbows up. It has no main service valve. It is not physically feasible
to cut this pipe back and re-thread it due to space limitations. My
question is this. Is there such a thing as some sort of compression fitting
that will work on 1/2" galv pipe? Or any other solution?
What's the problem trying to solve? If it's wanting to put a service
valve in and the pipe is solid (as in not rusted out), take the elbow
off and use a coupling to extend it however far you need and then
reroute it back in line w/ the existing line. Use a union for the
You could probably use a rubber fitting, (with
screw type band) but eventually it would fail.
How much room do you have? If it sticks out
enough to bother you, I would think you would have
enough room to cut it off and thread it. You
don't need much to cut the pipe off with a small
hack saw. Also, you can get pipe thread tools
that need only 8" or so of swing (one arm that you
keep turning in the same direction via a ratchet
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