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Old 02-19-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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We had this closet that was right off to one side of the front door. It was huge, probably almost 5 feet wide. And it just shut off the dining room on the other side.

So, weekend project! Let's kill the closet!

All went well, until I started taking down the frame, and there were two heating pipes....uh oh!

I have attached two pictures. Any ideas, what would you do? I am going to call a plumber, see if he can move them either into the wall, or closer to the wall, then build a little chase around them. But I am thinking I could kind of leave them there, and build a little corner cabinet around them, with plants or what not....

Anyway, just looking for more thoughts! Thanks for reading.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:05 PM   #2
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my first question, did you just start bashing through the drywall taking out the studs at the same time or did you score the corners of teh board and peel it back to open up the wall

ok, consult a plumber first, he can where the pipes are fed from and where they go, from there they move them in the least invasive way possible so your not having to do drywall patches in more than one room. you can very easily just have a 4" bump out on the outside wall which the pipes can be fed up through

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Hey Kirk,

Well there was a wall that was the back of the closet, that one my brother just crushed, lol! Had to reroute eight circuits for that wall. What was left was two little side walls, on either side of the closet door. Figured that would be hollow and empty, but not to be.

I did a measurement and the full opening is 4 ft 10 inches. The furthest pipe sticks out 6.5 inches from the wall so if i don't move them, I'm looking at about a 7 inch bump out.

I have thought of a little built-in shelf or something like that. Obviously a 7 inch chase sticking out will look odd, but I'm not deathly opposed to it.

Plumber is due to come by on Tuesday. One pipe is heat feed, the other is the return.
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a picture showing the pipes might help?
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a picture showing the pipes might help?
The picture to the right does show the pipes.
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If the pipes were closer to the wall I would box it in but since they stick out I would get a plumber to move them . Plumber in our area are not cheap $70 per hour, but it look like it is not a big job, Do you have any plumber buddys who can help you .With all the new shark tooth fitting they have know you don't have to solder it make it alot easyier to move plumbing lines pei canada
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If the pipes were closer to the wall I would box it in but since they stick out I would get a plumber to move them . Plumber in our area are not cheap $70 per hour, but it look like it is not a big job, Do you have any plumber buddys who can help you .With all the new shark tooth fitting they have know you don't have to solder it make it alot easyier to move plumbing lines pei canada
The job is bigger than it appears as the wall adjacent to the piping is an outside wall, I don't think I would move those pipes into an outside wall, for obvious reasons.

Either box around them or will have to move them to another existing inside wall.

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if needed you maybe could reroute the pipes where they are to be closer to the wall then box them in.
Another inside wall would be nicer if do-able.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:40 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone! Like I said, the chase would stick out about 7 inches if I don't move the pipes more toward the wall. I though of building a nice sort of half moon shelf around them, they would be somewhat visible, but then I wouldn't have to move them.

We'll see what the plumber says. Pei (2443) you are right about all the new PEX to copper fittings too, something to think about. If I can get them closer to the wall, i think that is best. I don't want them inside the outside wall.
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I'm no expert but I think it would be a lot cheaper to drywall over them since they don't take much space. Shelves wt plants would be nice too if you're good at building.

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