So, I'm hoping to start some of the more major renovations to my house soon. My plan is to do repairs in the order most likely to keep the finished products from getting messed up - so first the major remodeling, like bathroom and kitchen, then the walls and painting, then the floors. The bathroom is in major need of repairs, but the pipes are almost all 80-100 year old steel pipes. I'm willing to replace the entire house pipe system, and it looks like I might need to, but I have to admit, I'm worried about working with galvanized steel. From what I've seen on the forums, the process is typically:
1) Cut the pipe close to where it needs to be replaced
2) Curse as the entire pipe crumbles like a soggy tortilla chip
3) Cut the pipe further back
4) Thread the pipe
5) Weep openly as the threader turns the pipe end instantly into crumbs
6) Repeat until you're all the way back to the water main
I'm too new to the forums to post pictures or links, but I do have some online at Photobucket. My username is Moonsquares, and the photo album is "pipes in rear half."
So, should I just assume the worst, that I'll have to start where the pipe comes into the house and replace all the pipes with copper or pvc? If so, what should I keep an eye out for when I start? What is the point I should really start from: the first join inside the house, or the pipe that's still outside?
As is probably obvious, very new at most of this, so don't feel you'll insult me if you feel I've missed something blatantly obvious. Point it out because I probably DID miss it