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Old 12-21-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
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I recently paid an abatement company to remove all the boiler asbestos insulation. I have all this case iron piping come from the boiler. But if you look at the pictures about half of the piping for the boiler is not even connected to the boiler. It's just distribution piping that does nothing.

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Also, I notice that some small piping and much of the old electrical is ran right under the subfloor. They also looked like they dropped the ceiling so I would love to raise the ceiling back up. Would it be expensive to move these pipes up under the floor joints? This is a basement shot.

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Old 12-21-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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That looks a lot like my basement, except mine is all old steam pipe (and there was never any insulation.) It's still in use for the current hot water radiators. As for moving all that plumbing? Yeah, I think it would be expensive to relocate it. Wouldn't do it personally unless there was a serious need to.

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Old 12-21-2011, 08:17 PM   #3
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That looks a lot like my basement, except mine is all old steam pipe (and there was never any insulation.) It's still in use for the current hot water radiators. As for moving all that plumbing? Yeah, I think it would be expensive to relocate it. Wouldn't do it personally unless there was a serious need to.
Well I have to remove the useless piping. Half of it is not even connected to the boiler. I'd like to know from everyone if it's worth anything and if I can get someone to take it out if I let them keep it. Any suggestions?

Also the ceiling was dropped below the old ceiling. I plan to replace the 30 year old boiler.
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You may find someone to haul it off for free but I doubt they would take it for total payment of removal. Get you a saws all and go to town cutting or out. With a pocket full of new blades and a days work you could knock it out. If you have away to haul the scrap pipe to the recycle yard you could buy enough beer for the weekend.

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The last time I had to remove a bunch of old steel pipe like that I used a two pound hammer. Several good whacks, and I mean hard ones, will crack the cast elbows. I removed about 500 lbs of pipe in about 1 hour that way. My brother was trying to cut it with his sawzall and managed to get thru one pipe joint in the time it took me to break about 10. I had him cut the hangers with it instead. Wear safety glasses and leather gloves when doing this.
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You don't want some scrap guy in your basement with a saws all---pay a pro or do it yourself.

If you are installing a new boiler--have the heating company tag the old pipes to be removed.

By the way --that is steel pipe--not cast iron
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Well I have to remove the useless piping. Half of it is not even connected to the boiler. I'd like to know from everyone if it's worth anything and if I can get someone to take it out if I let them keep it. Any suggestions?

Also the ceiling was dropped below the old ceiling. I plan to replace the 30 year old boiler.
Why would you replace the boiler. I see boilers that are 50 years or more frequently. I would just have a furnace guy that knows about boilers (many don't) clean and adjust. For 150 bucks or so you will have a system that will work for years with regular maintenance. Plus he can tell you the story on the pipe. I would want to be sure those pipes are really not needed. I do home inspections and hot water and steam heat is a big thing in houses built in the early 1900's. I don't ever remember one with disconnected pipes. Perhaps what your seeing are old galvanized water pipes that were replaced with copper or plastic. Still I would want somebody that knows looking at the pipes before I would remove them. A pipe that you thought was unused and suddenly starts spurting running water can cause quite a mess. I sure would want to know where the main water shut off was before I started

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use a 4 inche metal cutter, cost about $20.00 , each disc $1.50. easy fast and safe, did it in my basement, and sold the scrap.
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ernieb19, did you happen to look at the date of the thread that you resurrected?
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ernieb19, did you happen to look at the date of the thread that you resurrected?
maybe the op is as good at procrastinating as I am.

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