Updating plumbing old house

Besides having an abiding interest in popular science, Deziel has been active in the building and home design trades since 1975.As a landscape builder, he helped establish two gardening companies.If you're updating plumbing fixtures at the same time, you'll be able to route the new waterlines to accommodate them as efficiently as possible.

Once you remove the bulk of the pipes, you'll have a few pieces of pipe left to unscrew from the water valve and other parts of the water system you want to keep.

Unscrewing old, corroded galvanized pipe is a job that calls for brawn and heavy wrenches.

Spray lubricant helps loosen pipe threads, as does the application of heat with a blowtorch, as long as the fitting is a safe distance from any part of the framing that could catch fire.

Chris Deziel has a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in humanities.

, called “PB” in the trades, was installed in homes from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, when it was banned after numerous early failures of the piping.