How to Remove Rusty Pipes

How to Remove Rusty Pipes. You're in the middle of a major plumbing repair project in the bathroom and are confronted with the removal of a pipe full of rust. It seems like a task only a professional can handle, but with these simple steps, you can remove the rusty pipes like a pro and save money.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray lubricant
  • Propane torch
  • Pipe wrench
  • Cheater

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Spray the pipe with a spray lubricant, concentrating on the area with the rust you need to remove.

Allow the lubricant to soak into the rust on the pipe for at least 15 minutes. It may be beneficial to let is soak longer, depending on the amount of rust.

Use a propane torch to heat up the rusty portion of the pipe.

Choose the appropriate size pipe wrench and pry the rusted pipe loose. It's easiest to remove the rusty pipe while it is still hot from the propane torch.

Repeat Steps 1 to 4 if you don't get any response from your rusty pipe. You can use a larger pipe wrench or a cheater pipe extension for additional leverage, as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are having a hard time removing your pipe with rust, tighten it slightly before you attempt to loosen it again.
  • A cheater is a piece of pipe that is added to the wrench for additional leverage.
  • Take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your house safe before using a propane torch.
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