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rocketeer
What is this pipe?
rocketeer

There's a pipe in my 1920s era home in a second floor bedroom and I'm not sure what it is. Here are some clues:

-Metal pipe filled with dirt.
-I can push it down to be flush with the flooring, though I can't pull it up.
-There are no corresponding pipes on the first floor, basement, or attic.

Any thoughts on what this may be would be appreciated. Thanks! Refinishing the floors soon and I want to remove it.

Here's a photo:
http://imgur.com/a/s93DP

Jack
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Jack

It looks like a cast iron drain pipe, perhaps running between the floor joists.

Jack

ed21
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ed21

Ditto the abandoned cast iron drain. Probably the only way to find out is to do detective work to figure out where it ran to. Might involve some minor demo, small mirror and flashlight. Not sure why it would be filled with dirt. Instead of pipes look for signs that a pipe used to be there. Vertical stacks are usually hidden in walls or chases. See if any seem to line up.

Sombreuil_mongrel
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Sombreuil_mongrel

It used to be very common to see a sink in a bedroom in higher-class homes, so I would guess a drainpipe, and the water supplies were removed entirely, or their stubs plastered over in the walls.
Casey

dj1
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dj1

It looks like a CI drainpipe to me too.

Fencepost
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Fencepost

Another possibility: a steam pipe for a radiator.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

I can't help but to remember this thread https://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?123984-Unidentified-pipe-conduit-in-wall&highlight=pipe and Fencepost's awesome reply :D

Hope it brings a smile to all today!

Phil

bill
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bill

I agree with Sombreuil_mongrel, It is a galvanized drain pipe. It should be capped of as sewer gas could still come in,

ed21
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ed21
Mastercarpentry wrote:

I can't help but to remember this thread https://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?123984-Unidentified-pipe-conduit-in-wall&highlight=pipe and Fencepost's awesome reply :D

Hope it brings a smile to all today!

Phil

A good one. :):):) that about covers it.

Sombreuil_mongrel
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Sombreuil_mongrel

I looked again, it is very small (compare to the shoe-mold size) and might have been a supply line after all, or a really small drain, but no way cast iron.
Casey

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