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Old 01-18-2010, 11:47 PM   #1
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How to Check Old Pipes?


I purchased a house built in the late 1800s/early 1900s about 3 yrs ago. After making some progress finally on first floor renovations, I'm ready to move on to the upstairs...
There was apparently a bathroom up there at some point, which was removed completely. There is a hole in the floor which appears to be for a toilet, and additional pipes coming up through the floor. I don't see any water supply pipes coming up, only these drain pipes.
I'm considering re-installing a bathroom up there but have absolutely no plumbing experience whatsoever. I'd like to know how these pipes can be checked (to make sure they do not leak) and how to find the water supply pipes which must have run up there at some point. Would they have been removed completely, or capped off at some point? There is a bathroom directly below where this one would be on the first floor, if that makes any difference.
Is this possibly a DIY job, or should I call in a professional? How difficult is it to handle installing a bathroom??

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Old 01-19-2010, 06:01 AM   #2
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How to Check Old Pipes?


If you had walls bare on the first floor, the pipes should have been evident. Pipe material?? Cast iron is generally good for 100 yrs, but there are a lot of variables there. It is a DIY job if you are familiar with code. It all still has to be inspected. Many localities allow live in homeowners to do their own electrical and plumbing, check local rules and code.

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