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    Default two capped copper pipes protruding from concrete slab in basement

    My home was built in the late 1950s. I've got two copper pipes (see photos) protruding from the concrete slab. When we bought the house, we were told that they are not used for anything. Is there a way I can verify this so that I can know for sure that they are safe to cut and cover up?
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    The top picture looks like it is coming through the wall, not the slab. ??

    If so, go outside and start digging next to the foundation and see if you can tell where they are going.
    You might have a fuel oil tank or an old propane supply connection there.

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    I thought that was the slab. When we bought the house, we had received written confirmation that there was no below-ground oil tank.

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    There may have been one, and when it was removed, they left the pipes in place, and only removed the tank. You could take the plug out, but if it is connected to water, you'll get wet! At least that would tell you if it is connected to anything.
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    Is there a special tool (hm, this is a stupid question, isn't it?) to remove those plugs with the raised squares? My pipe wrench isn't doing it.

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    You'll probably need two wrenches: one to hold the fitting so you don't twist things too badly, and a second one to unscrew the plug.
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    Loosen the plug, but do not remove it immediately until you see if anything leaks out as it gets looser.

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