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Old Pipe but is it safe to remove?

Postby BlazeSMD » Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:33 pm

I've got an old pipe that I think used to connect to the boiler in the property, but that was moved up into the loft years ago, and it's just sitting around, split between a couple of cupboards. I have no idea how to go about figuring out if it's safe to remove it, any help would be wonderful. Ideally I'd like to remove it from both cupboards and patch up the floor, but I'm farily new to DIY.

Having spent the morning googling around, I'm no closer to understanding this pipe or how to safely get rid of it.

It's the metal pipe I'm talking about.

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Postby stoneyboy » Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:16 pm

Hi blazesmd
If you are referring to the pipe which looks like it has an open fitting on the end (and it is an open fitting) and the two bends are either side of a wall, then yes you can remove it - you will need to cut it and withdraw the length built into in the wall. Then cut off the remainder at floor level.
It will be a steel pipe which will need a lot of hacksawing.
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Postby Scary_Duck » Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:38 pm

If that is an open pipe (from what I can tell in the photo) then there is no risk of removing it. It doesn't have water and it is not under pressure.

However from what I can tell that pipe goes through the wall and on the other side and there it has an arc fitting of 90 degrees. Removing it without making unnecessary damage to the wall would require first removing that 90-degree fitting because then the straight part of the pipe that is in the wall would be easier to pull out without making much damage to the mortar and the paint on the wall. Regardless of that you will make some damage to the wall and will have a hole left there so you should patch it up with some mortar or gypsum or maybe even some acrylic silicone and then just paint over it.
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