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Hi...

I am getting rid of some lead waste pipe in my bathroom and have one that I am not 100% sure if its purpose. My guess is that it’s either a breather pipe or an overflow.

The set up looks like this...

The pipe at the bottom of the picture is from the bath trap. It splits just before the trap to the waste pipe coming from my sink. Just after that 1st split is another leading to the pipe at the top of the picture snaking it’s way back to the left. I stay in a tenement flat and the main bath/sink waste you see goes out the wall to a stack (separate from the soil pipe) and the mystery pipe just leads to a hole in the wall next to it.

Any ideas as to this pipes purpose and, if it’s required as a vent etc, if there’s a more discreet way to plumb in a replacement so I can reclaim the wall space?

I should add, I do have a combi system in the flat but some of the bathroom is still serviced from a water tank if that helps in identifying. Had a plumber in previously who had no idea what it could be.

Thanks!
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The only way to know for sure is to follow it back to where it comes from. (Even if that means chopping out plaster etc)

If a person said, oh, yes that is the fumblepipe*, how will you know they are right?

As you said yourself
Daz H" wrote:Had a plumber in previously who had no idea what it could be.



* I just made that name up, there is no such pipe.
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Working on anything electrical? have you got a multi meter? why not? Would you hit a nail with a shoe?

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It looks to me like some form of air admittance to stop the bath pulling the water out the sink u bend when creating suction when draining. The sweep up in the pipe shown appears to take the head above the waste pipes suggesting this to me. Nowadays you would fit a Durgo valve in the sink waste instead.

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The waste drops down under the floor the pipe with a loop looks like air admittance to me aka a vent loop - you may find it reconnect's further down the waste
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dewaltdisney wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:13 pm
It looks to me like some form of air admittance ... Nowadays you would fit a Durgo valve in the sink waste instead.

DWD
I think that may well be my solution. Looked up AAV’s and they should do the trick! A nice little improvement that’s only taken 100+ years, haha.

I’ll post my results back in this thread.

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that lead scrap maybe worth a few quid too
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Currently, its around 90p / kg
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Bob225 wrote:
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that lead scrap maybe worth a few quid too
Yeah. Even if it’s peanuts, I’ll take them!
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Take ID and your bank card, scrap yards only credit a payment these days, no cash, and the minimum is £10 most places. I took a load of iron in and it came to £8. He said he would hold the credit until I had another load which I knew would be ages for me to get together. So, I gave him £2 to take my credit to £10 and he did the transfer.

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dewaltdisney wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:46 pm
Take ID and your bank card, scrap yards only credit a payment these days, no cash, and the minimum is £10 most places.
Ah, that’s good to know. I’m sure I’ll uncover more vintage metals as I go 😂 Thanks!
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If its got lead waste it should have the gas mantels run in lead, if the electrics are vintage as well the could be lead sleeved too
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ive got a canny bit scrap copper and brass in my lock up. anyone been in lately and what ya get for it? i normally seperate it out so take all the brass off and that like
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Per Kg

Copper £3.25
Brass £2.65

Lead £1.29
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