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    I ran into a main water supply pipe Friday that at visible area in crawlspace was black iron pipe generaly used for gas line. I wrote it up as improper material as it will rust easily. I am not sure if it ran all the way to meter, not visible. Any comments?

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    You did good Tom and makes one wonder if had been previously used for natural gas?

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    How old was the house...just curious?


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    House was 1935 but pipe is newer, switched over from coal furnace.

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    Any rust in the water yet? Good call. And the repair certainly worked in a pinch but life has it's rules and you usually get caught for cheating.


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    What was the house distribution system plumbed with?


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    James, House was recently repiped with copper however some galvanized was still seen but not in use.

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    Black iron pipe isn't even NSF rated for potable water, is it? Good call. The things we see ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Aldering View Post
    Black iron pipe isn't even NSF rated for potable water, is it? Good call. The things we see ...
    Definitely not in Table P2904.5, Water Distribution Pipe as an allowed pipe, nor is it in Table P2904.4, Water Service Pipe as an allowed pipe.

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    Are you sure it is not the gas supply. Did you actually see where it entered into the home and was piped off of that?

    Maybe someone surface painted it because of surface rust........
    I doubt it runs to the meter. I think county would of picked up on that, don't you think.

    Just wondering..........

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    I doubt it runs to the meter. I think county would of picked up on that, don't you think.
    Mike, I think you have been listening to realtors too long.

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    The day I start listening to Realtors is the day I will get sued!

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    Ductile iron pipe is used for water but I think it starts around 2 inch dia.


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    Mike, It was the water supply line, no doubts-none. I am not sure how far it ran towards meter as it is underground and I could not see at meter.

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