Checking & Removing Old Gas Lines

We recently received the following question from Jennifer in the San Francisco area…

I recently took down a light fixture in an flat built in the late 1800’s to find a metal pipe about 1″ in diameter that hangs down about 4.” My best guess is that it is a old gas pipe for a chandelier. I have photos, but don’t see a way to attach them. Thus far, my internet search for any information about how to remove it, if it is safe to remove it, etc… has led me to your blog.

Do you have any websites or information removing an old, capped, gas pipe could be a DIY project or if it would require hiring an expert to remove, whether or not it was safe to remove, etc.

Thank you.

Great question…

I did a little bit of research myself and came across these great articles fro the San Francisco Chronicle’s Bill & Kevin Burnett. One article provides information on checking if your old gas lines are live and the other provides information on removing old gas lines with as little mess as possible.

Hope these help and keep those questions coming.

Jeff @ Gas Light Guys

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