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Old 03-12-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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WTF is this pipe?!


I was uncovering a pair of rotted staircase landings and decided to open up the wall to see if anything else was rotted. I found that sewer pipe, and a mysterious capped off pipe 6 inches below it.

It appears to have been connected at one point to the water feed for the front water hose.

What is this pipe?



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Old 03-12-2010, 11:43 AM   #2
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Very likely it's the original mater main from the street------
May have failed and a new line was trenched in away from the sewer line.

Hard to tell from here--If the sewer pipe goes to the street from there--very likely.--Mike--

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Mike,
You are probably correct as there is another connection going into the concrete(street) about 25 feet to the right of these pipes. The stains appear to be an old issue and i there is no smell from that sewer pipe.

Now i'd like to get rid of that whole copper piping that is sticking out and cap that "original water main" closer to where it comes in to give me some more room for framing/drywall.
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Looks like dead piping--clear it out of the way.--Have Fun--Mike--
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You are probably correct as there is another connection going into the concrete(street) about 25 feet to the right of these pipes.
Ayuh,...That pipe looks capped Now,... If it's "Hot" now,.. Cap it off at the point I quoted...
Then you can rip it Right out,+ refill the hole with Hyd. Grout....
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Amazing the things you find in an old house. I know a guy who found a small room with a still complete with a large vat left over from the prohibition era behind a wall.
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ok, so Mike you were correct, the pipe was the original water main, made of Polybutylene, so it was capped and they ran the water via another connection.

After pulling it, got some residual ground water, which intially scarred the shyt out of me, but stopped after a few more seconds. I capped it and i'm good to go.

I'll start framing around that sewer pipe tomorrow, get the drywall up and get the bottom of that staircase back together.

Thanks for your help, been working on this house for 2 years, just found this forum, so i'm sure i'll have some other questions in the near future.

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