Your wife may just be correct!
I've often been wondering what material my water lines were. They appear to be metal, and flexible enough to be bent a bit w/o kinking. But they are a silvery-gray color, similar to galvanized. I've never seen flexible galvanized. (I would think it would be too thinwalled to work long anyway)
My wife today brought up the possibility of lead. I have no idea.
The house was built ~1923, but I don't know when it got indoor plumbing. It certainly got it after it was built based on the way the stack is put in, but I have no idea if it was 1928 or 1940.
The water meter is in a pit about 30 feet in from the front of the lot. The house sits 80 feet back from the front of the lot. (Not sure if this would matter at all) Once the line from the meter comes up into the house, in transitions to copper, so I haven't a place to get a good close look at it.
I took a picture of the meter and such in the pit. You can see that the water lines to and from the meter have been bent somewhat.
Any ideas what the material is?
Take a key and see if you can scratch into it easily, if yes it is lead, or get a magnet and see if it will stick to it, if yes it is galvy if no it is lead or plastic but my guess is galvanized.
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Tried to tonight. Couldn't quite reach it w/o getting soaked w/ the melting snow. I'll try it again when I'm better dressed for getting dirty. Looking at it tonight w/ a flashlight instead of sunlight, the pipes actually looked greenish, like they might be copper. Could've fooled me. I'll find out for sure soon whether it's copper, galvy of some sort or lead.
Thanks for the help. I didn't think of scratching it.
Could be the sandpaper will tell for sure.
Personally it looks like oxidized copper to me. Scraping it will turn it copper color. FWIW, I have seen black iron and galvy pipes bent before.
Good one Terry! Woke my wife up with my laughing!
Too thin for lead, and too flexible for Bundy-Weld. Probably just discolored copper, but a picture showing how it is connected would be very helpful.
I'll take more pics when I get out there w/ the sandpaper.
Note: I use to work for DCWASA in a IT capacity more than a plumbing capacity so take this with a grain of salt.
That is about the right time for lead services. I did see copper steadily increasing around that time (until WWII which galvanized made a showing).
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A 3/4" lead pipe would be much, much larger than those pipes, and if they are going to and from the meter, then they are probably copper, assuming they are metal.