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If yall were asked to re pipe a house knowing the main is lead pipe from the meter what would you do? I have a GC who wants me to re pipe DWV and supply to a house with a lead main line. I told him to replace the main. Not sure if he will, so Im thinking to put in the estimate that I will run the main to outside and others to connect to the main. Thoughts??
 

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Hi Bill, haven't spoken with you in a while.

It's a great idea to put into your quote words to the effect of, "All work to be done per Virginia plumbing & building codes."
And that means replacing lead water services. Lead should be replaced and at a minimum this will remove any future liability from you. And at best, it gives you peace of mind that you made the home safer for families and children who reside there in the future.

I could just hear some slick city lawyer now, "The plumber KNEW that lead pipes were installed and he did nothing to rectify this hazardous and dangerous situation."
 

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I would stipulate that IF you or he can find the correct size "Lead-Loc" fitting to adapt that you will make exactly ONE connection to the lead pipe.

Talk to your liability insurer first and then the AHJ and get something in writing to cover your azz.
 

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Take the lead and throw it in the trash where it belongs

The Biden administration ( :sick: ) has been really pushing for lead water service to get replaced. Even the feds are throwing a fit over it

granted they are also pushing for gas stoves to be outlawed:ROFLMAO:

not saying they’re intelligent, I’m just saying you can use that as a negotiation point
 

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Are the lead lines all that bad really??

I dont really understand what the problem is with old lead lines...
they probably are all about 100 years old and all have a thick skin of calcium and lime built up inside them and cant leach
any lead into the water worth speaking of....

Is this just "make work" for everyone and of course the liberals are trying
to save the health of the nation and save the planet too....

I would just have the contractor sign off on the lead lines
and have him assume responsibility for any future issues
 

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I dont really understand what the problem is with old lead lines...
they probably are all about 100 years old and all have a thick skin of calcium and lime built up inside them and cant leach
any lead into the water worth speaking of....
Because it's all fine and dandy until the city changes water sources, ala Flint Michigan. Acidic water will strip the lime off and then start dissolving the metal. Or they get disturbed for whatever reason and the crust gets busted.
 

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Are the lead lines all that bad really??

I dont really understand what the problem is with old lead lines...
they probably are all about 100 years old and all have a thick skin of calcium and lime built up inside them and cant leach
any lead into the water worth speaking of....

Is this just "make work" for everyone and of course the liberals are trying
to save the health of the nation and save the planet too....

I would just have the contractor sign off on the lead lines
and have him assume responsibility for any future issues
It seems like a fantastic way to get sued. Plus, given the media today, is sounds like a great way to get on the 6 o’clock news. All it takes is one noisy and litigious dude who says he can’t get it up and you are legally fubar.

Maybe it’s different for different people in different areas. But this is a street walker I would bang with your d🍆.
 

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What if a house I’m working on has existing lead solder ? Am I going to get sued ?

Oh No’s 😐

If the plumbing code allows it and the inspector approves it then it’s legal.

Connecting to existing plumbing is different than installing it. Consult your attorney.
for me, lead solder is a little different. In that case, you have plausible deniability.

When you make a connection to a lead pipe, you know you did it.

Each to his own on this one.
 
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