What are these, and can I cut/burry them?

Old 01-22-20, 09:05 PM
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Question What are these, and can I cut/burry them?

First time post! Looking forward to using the forum more as I get further into my basement remodel. House was originally built in 1942.

I'm pulling off the knotty pine boards behind my furnace, and these two objects appeared. The first one I think is some type of oil regulator or filter. I have a gas furnace now, but it seems I used to have a oil tank (maybe still do?) on my property. Never seen anything like it. I'm planning on pinching the copper lines w some channel locks, cutting it out, then burrying the lines in the foundation wall. Would love any feedback on what this thing is, and if that's a sound plan.

The second object I'm a bit more stumped on, but assuming it was an exhaust for the old oil boiler? Maybe an exhaust for a wood furnace? Its ~10ft away from my chimney, so maybe runs over to it...?

Same plan though - cuts as close to the foundation wall and bury. But, would love any feedback on:

A) what these items are. Any links would be helpful!
B) if cutting/capping them is ok


Old 01-23-20, 04:44 AM
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The big sheet metal pipe is the flue for an old furnace. That could be removed and sealed if you wish.

As for the black iron and soft copper creation on the wall I do not know what it is and would investigate it further before removing it. If you had an oil furnace where is the tank located? If it's buried outside you should have it removed by a licensed disposal company. The lines to the house can be removed when the tank is dug up. Make sure you receive the documentation and certificate for the work performed and keep it in a safe place. Selling a home with a abandoned, buried oil tank can be problematic as some lenders won't finance for it until the tank is removed and you have the proper paperwork to prove it.
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