If your home was built before World War II then there is a good chance that it contains threaded pipe. This piping is very hard to install and can be a nightmare to work with, but thankfully it can be replaced with a modern alternative.
To get the piping out, you will need to follow these tips and use your brute strength.
Turn the stop valve off and drain the water out of the pipes so that you have a dry system to work with.
Identify the union joint where it is possible to begin dismantling the piping.
Using one wrench to hold the union and one to turn the nut, begin to unthread the joint. The union will turn counter-clockwise when undoing the piping.
Once you have a break you can then begin to unscrew the rest of the piping.
If there is no accessible union then you can cut the pipe with a hacksaw. You will then be able to add a pre-threaded union to the cut pipe.
If the pipes are not turning then you can try using a penetrating oil to loosen the connection. Alternatively, a propane torch can be used to heat the pipe and release its grip.
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