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Old 09-02-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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Safe to cut pipe?

I want to cut some old pipes in my house as they are not being used anymore. My concern is that if they are made of lead, cutting them could be dangerous for my kids.

Firstly, can you tell by looking at the pictures Iíve attached what the pipes are made of, and secondly if it will be safe to cut them?

I've attached 2 pictures of 2 different pipes. I'm not sure if they are made of the same material.

Thanks so much.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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Those are galvanized steel. They are safe to remove


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Galvanized steel. Use a reciprocating saw with a fine tooth blade. I like the "diablo" brand blades if you can get em. They're safe to cut as long as you're sure they're no longer in use.

Galvanized pipes can be used for water OR gas so please be sure before you cut.

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While I wouldn't considere my remarks THE definitive way to identify lead piping: Lead water-service pipes have a grey 'shine' if you scratch their surface a couple of times. Plus, lead pipes were bent during installation as it was considered a softer maleable product - so I'd wouldn't expect to see a 90 degree elbow as shown in the picture.
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The first pic shows a union, so no cutting needed. Just some pipe wrenches.
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