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  • Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

    I am in the middle of remodeling my basement, and the last issue I've encountered is a 1.5" metal pipe that has been capped that is protruding from the basement wall about 3". It sits about 2 ft off the floor.

    I want to cut this pipe off at the wall, however, I don't want to run the risk of there being liquid, etc in the pipe.

    The main waste stack and drain pipes are all on the opposite side of the house, and there is no plumbing above the wall the pipe comes out of.

    My house is about 100 years old, and I'm thinking that this maybe from an old well or maybe from previous piping connected to the old HVAC systems???

    Anybody seen something like this before? Thanks.

  • #2
    Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

    If the pipe has a screwed cap on it why not take it off??

    If some "liquid" comes spewing out at least you can put it back on, if you cut it at the wall and liquid is in it, well you just screwed the pooch.

    With a 100 year old house it could be anything in the world, just think how many people have worked on the house in that length of time, thats several generations.

    Good luck with it.

    G3

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    • #3
      Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

      The walls have plaster or some sort of similar material covering them and they sprayed the stuff on this pipe and cap as well. With that, I guess I can't tell that the cap is screwed on or what, I just know it's capped. Because of this I'm also unable to unscrew the cap.

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      • #4
        Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

        I see a lot of those pipes in basements here. Most were old gas lines serving gas lights at the turn of the century. The gas company just capped off the old line inside when it was abandoned and brought a new line in through another penetration.

        A picture might help

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        • #5
          Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

          it could be for old oil furnace. Take cap off and check it out.

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          • #6
            Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

            Is it below your kitchen? Through the foundation or just buried in a wall.This may have been a existing drain from a laundry drain.A picture would reeeeeeeealy help!

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            • #7
              Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

              It's not below the kitchen, just below the front living room coming straight out from the wall. There is a gas light out front that no longer operates though...

              Here's a picture.
              Attached Files

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              • #8
                Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

                Call plumber. Don't blow the house up.

                J.C.

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                • #9
                  Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

                  That's an abandoned water line

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                  • #10
                    Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

                    put a couple of wrenches to it.

                    but don't unscrew the cap right off.

                    you'll know it's under pressure or has a liquid in it.

                    don't forget the bucket and drop cloth, just in case.

                    Vince

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                    • #11
                      Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

                      I think I've helped others in the Ask section.

                      But I'm gonna' disagree with some and say he shouldn't mess with it. Too many unknowns. Every plumbers had something break in the wall. IF it's live for any reason he/she could have real problems fast.

                      J.C.
                      Last edited by BobsPlumbing; 03-04-2009, 09:06 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

                        my guess is abandoned gas light line
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                        • #13
                          Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

                          In Toronto, in a 100 year old house at the front wall of the basement, this would be an old 1&1/2" natural GASLINE (for gas lighting). 99.9% of the time it is abandoned outside at the street, however, some are not for whatever reason!!!! Don't risk it! I have one exactly like this in my 100 year old house.
                          It most likely is NOT a water line at 1&1/2"...no way for a house (unless Buckingham Palace)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

                            If this is an abandoned gas line, who would I contact about having it checked to see if it is disconnected and eventually have it removed? Or am I just stuck with this stupid pipe sticking out of the wall?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Pipe Protruding from Basement Wall???

                              Call your gas service provider.

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