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Old 02-09-2008, 11:20 AM   #1
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Lead Supply Lines?


Doing an estimate for a lady who lives in circa 1900 row home. The bathroom I'm looking at was an add on to the house, not sure what age though it has old plaster w/ wood lath. The supply lines run up through the kitchen to a clawfoot tub and are painted the whole way up. Owner said a plumber told here the supply lines were lead. Any info on lead supply lines and what time period they were used in and how to identify them would be appreciated. Also the drain line is definitely iron as it is rusting through.

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Old 02-09-2008, 11:27 AM   #2
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Not thst difficult to tell if it's lead,
just scratch it.
Since you need to replace the drain
seems like a no brainer to do
the supplies as well?

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No issue with replacing them, was just curious moreso than anything. I usually run into galvanized steel pipes in the 100 year old houses in this area, first time with the lead. I tried googling lead pipes and not coming up with any info yet on what time period they were used for etc. Just curious

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Depends on the area.
Some places I've seen
lead service lines into
the 19-0's.
Figure any thing inside
the house had been replaced
before my time if it was used.
Only lines in a house were
@1870's-80's. That place had
tin "speaking tubes" as well.
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