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I have question for all you Plumbers across the Country, I've been plumbing 20 plus years now and in Florida. I've come across a lot of crazy stuff and done countless re-pipes from hotels,Country Clubs, hospitals and schools but, i've never come across removing any lead pipes for drinking water. Have any of you recently experienced this, especially in schools.
 

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I have question for all you Plumbers across the Country, I've been plumbing 20 plus years now and in Florida. I've come across a lot of crazy stuff and done countless re-pipes from hotels,Country Clubs, hospitals and schools but, i've never come across removing any lead pipes for drinking water. Have any of you recently experienced this, especially in schools.
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We just notify the homeowner and usually end up leaving the lead pipes in if they're fine. You just use lead-loc fittings. The water is so hard around here doesn't matter what kind of pipe you have, it all gets cement lined so very little issue.
 

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It wasn't that long ago that I was an Apprentice and we were still taught how to wipe a lead joint.
 

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remove and replace, melt the lead into bullets
A friend of mine is big into muskets and casts his own bullets. Been a few years since I’ve talked to him about it, so I don’t know if that lead will work.... I remember something about tin in the lead. IDR which is good or bad, or if he has to add something to it.... I’ll have to ask him next time I see him.
 

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We had a lot of lead service lines in my area. Probably 5 years ago or so the municipality claimed that all the lead lines had been replaced. Nope. Maybe residential... not commercial.
I haven’t come across any lead water lines in a home, but I still see lead flanges, drum traps and the occasional lav line. Not common much anymore.
 
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