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    Question Using old Copper Piping for new installations...

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    What are your thoughts about using scraps of old straight copper piping for a new boiler installation. These pipes are almost 50 years old. I had to remove a few feet of copper and now I need a small piece here and there for some 90's to make connections and instead of buying new copper, I want to use the old stuff that will fit. I don't think it's a bad but want to get your thoughts... Thanks in advance.

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    It's likely okay, but a good visual inspection to see if there are any pits or other corrosion is a worthwhile first step. Copper pipe can last a very long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philtrap View Post
    Folks,

    What are your thoughts about using scraps of old straight copper piping for a new boiler installation. These pipes are almost 50 years old. I had to remove a few feet of copper and now I need a small piece here and there for some 90's to make connections and instead of buying new copper, I want to use the old stuff that will fit. I don't think it's a bad but want to get your thoughts... Thanks in advance.
    What Jim said, but from one Long Islander to another: Wadda ya friggin' nuts? (sorry, lol) Even with the cost of copper being what it is, installing a new boiler costs a lot of money, why try to salvage 20 bucks or so of old copper?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL43 View Post
    What Jim said, but from one Long Islander to another: Wadda ya friggin' nuts? (sorry, lol) Even with the cost of copper being what it is, installing a new boiler costs a lot of money, why try to salvage 20 bucks or so of old copper?
    Bob - It's really for a few very short lengths. I didn't want to buy a 10' length when I only needed a tiny amount. I'm probably going to end up using all new copper, but was just wondering what the thoughts on reusing short pieces was...

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    FWIW, the blue and orange box stores around here sell 2-foot lengths of rigid copper. Of course, it costs about a third to a half the price of a 10-footer ...

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