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Topic: Small Pipe on basement of WW1 era houses
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10/12/2017 3:56:09 PM
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Small Pipe on basement of WW1 era houses

My Coffee Group remembers a small pipe coming out of basement wall in their early 1900s houses they bought them in 1970s. They think it was an early type of gas pipe but I thought it was an heater oil filler pipe. Group thought pipe was too narrow and on wrong side of house for oil. Any ideas ?


10/12/2017 7:28:31 PM
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I think you're right

I used to rent a house with a heating oil tank outside. The oil entered the cellar and went to the furnace through a fairly small steel pipe (likely 3/4" I.D.). The outside tank was filled by the delivery truck through a larger (approx. 2") pipe.  
I think old outdoor tanks may have been grandfathered until they needed replacing, then new ones had to be interior. my experience was not in Brandon, but I would think the same thing may have been true here.


10/12/2017 8:34:50 PM
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central brandon had manufactured gas service lines in the early 1900's .wartime houses were built after 1945 and natural gas came in mid to late 1950's . you may be looking at an oil line from outside tank .


10/12/2017 11:07:10 PM
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building trap vent

it could possibly be a building trap vent they are usually a 2inch 90 sticking out


10/13/2017 9:28:26 AM
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if its about3 inch OD and has a 90 bend it a sewer vent.put your nose to it and smell,


10/13/2017 9:35:52 AM
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Fuel tank

I lived in a really old house and it even had a huge fuel tank in the basement the landlord said that they used to pump gas from out side fill the tank than it was filter and put into a really old school furnace not sure exactly what they put in or how it worked but that the same pipe that was comen out


10/13/2017 10:30:26 AM
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It was probable the fill line or vent line for the fuel tank in the basement


10/13/2017 10:49:58 AM
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if the spot where pipe comes out of house is in close proximity of main sewer cleanout in basement then it is a sewer vent .could a licenced plumber please shed some light on this topic please,


10/13/2017 12:33:56 PM
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&;lt;- Plumber

I am a Plumber


10/13/2017 12:36:48 PM
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Pipe exiting house

small diameter 1/2 to 1 inch usually galvanized is what the old oil furnaces used  
larger 2 to 3 inch mostly 2 inch cast or galvanized would be a building trap vent for your sewer

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