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Identify old pipe

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Malicious, 26 Jan 2021.

  1. Malicious

    Gangster

    Joined: 29 Jul 2004

    Posts: 315

    Location: Worcester, UK

    Hi all,
    We bought a property late last year. There is an old pipe that comes up through the garage floor that ideally needs to be removed in the near future.
    Can anyone identify what type of pipe this is?

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    Thanks for the help

    Mal
     
  2. robj20

    Capodecina

    Joined: 9 Apr 2007

    Posts: 10,918

    Surely got to be gas, if it's water and it's live that's against regulations and dangerous.
    If it's a tap at the top turn it and see what comes out, but be ready to switch either gas or water off at the main tap should it not close again.
     
  3. NoobCannon

    Soldato

    Joined: 13 Jun 2011

    Posts: 5,622

    Could be power. seen plenty of old wrapped mains cAbles like that but the gland on top makes me think gas or water.
     
  4. dLockers

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 21 Jan 2010

    Posts: 8,230

    Looks like gas. Is that in a shed?
     
  5. Zefan

    Don

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    Location: Tosche Station

     
  6. dLockers

    Sgarrista

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    Ah, shed built on a garage floor. Got it. :p
     
  7. Maccapacca

    Don

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    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Ancient ground worker trick. Two drills tiny drill bit in one screw gun for the other. Drill tiny hole. Wet floor = water. Sparks = electricity. Smell = gas. Wind self tapping screw into hole.

    Obviously the above is a joke and shouldn’t be done but I have seen it down under Croydon high street about 8m below ground by a couple of guys digging a heading when they found an unknown pipe in the way.
     
  8. Buffman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 4 May 2007

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    Location: West Midlands

    Looks like an old gas pipe. I don't have much knowledge, just it looks similar to what I had in my house.
     
  9. Opisflap

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Apr 2015

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    Location: London

    Maccapacca has the right idea. Hit it with a sledgehammer and see if water ****** out of it or if you smell gas...
     
  10. NathG79

    Gangster

    Joined: 19 Jan 2012

    Posts: 370

    Its Gas. 100%

    The old meter would of been there. The brass valve would of been a shut off (With a lever) thats been removed and the wall bracket would of hung the meter.
     
  11. tonys

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    It looks like and old town gas pipe which would have been a steel pipe wrapped in a bitumen paper. If it is it shouldn't be live but you would need a gas filter to make absolutely sure.
     
  12. BigBoy

    Soldato

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    Location: Bath

    Agreed, I expect you have an outside meter box with a plastic pipe in for the Gas to the property now. I'm certain the pipe is dead.
     
  13. fastwunz

    Mobster

    Joined: 12 Jul 2005

    Posts: 3,663

    Gas
     
  14. psd99

    Soldato

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    I think it is also gas but how do u know if it is live or not!? :)
     
  15. ANDARIAL

    Soldato

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    Location: Woolyback Country

    Drill hole in pipe and light a match?:D
    J/K obviously
     
  16. Terminal_Boy

    Sgarrista

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    Location: La France

    Yup, the gas installation in my parents 1930s house has an almost identical feed into the garage with the meter mounted above it.
     
  17. NathG79

    Gangster

    Joined: 19 Jan 2012

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    Get a Gas safe engineer to come and have a look.

    He can test if it’s live, then cap at floor level. (Ifs it’s redundant)
    Even if it’s dead it still needs to be capped at floor level as remnants of gas can still linger in that feed, wherever it goes.
     
  18. BigBoy

    Soldato

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    Location: Bath

    No he can't, and any that do are breaking the law, only one who can move or remove a gas supply pipe live or dead is the transporter. This kind of work is my bread and butter. Although covid has changed my daily life significantly.
     
  19. dLockers

    Sgarrista

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    Make it into a feature. Coat stand? Bike repair stand?
     
  20. dLockers

    Sgarrista

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    Presumably the transporter "person" would be a gas safe person, no?