Drain Pipe replacment

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  1. rhopper

    rhopper Controls Specialist

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    My wife and I are in the process of renovating a 2 story colonial while living in it. We will sell, hopefully at a profit, when we can leave the area, date unknown. The 4" cast iron drain pipes are exposed while I'm redoing the 1st floor bath. These pipes are unsightly in the basement as they were run at about eye level and about 1' away from the wall. I had one estimate for $1600 to replace them, but he suggested that there was little reason to do so as they are in good shape and some people pay extra for cast iron because it's quieter. The basement can't really be finished as the I beams just clear 6'. Would this be a good investment?
     
  2. Mike Swearingen

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    There are many thngs that you can do to renovate a house that will not recover the full investment, and this would be one of them for all of the reasons that you stated.
    I wouldn't touch the cast iron drain system, if it is in good condition.
    Mike
    (20-Year NC Real Estate Broker)
     
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  4. Randyj

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    I definitely agree with Mike. I would not install CI in my house for the cost and expense and labor of it...but if it's there I'd keep it as long as it's in good shape.... not always a good idea to upgrade to the latest technowhizbang stuff.
     
  5. rhopper

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    Thank you for the feedback.

    Thank you for your feedback. I will spend my money elsewhere.
     
  6. Randyj

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    Send to me... I will forward it to a very worthy cause:D
     
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