Abandoned Water Lines with Valves in Basement

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Old 12-26-13, 06:14 AM
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Abandoned Water Lines with Valves in Basement

I have an abandoned 1/2" hot and cold copper pipes in my basement ceiling (unfinished). Both pipes terminate with soldered brass ball valves.

On the outlets of the valves there is no pipe/cap. So if you turn these two ball valves on, there would be flowing water.

My thinking was to add a length of pipe and cap the two lines after the ball valves but I hesitate to do this since one side is already soldered and I am afraid if I heat the valve I will break that joint. It is also in close proximity to floor joists and a gas valve/line.

Both valves are off and not leaking thru, should I just keep my eye on them or is this something I should repair?
 
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Old 12-26-13, 07:22 AM
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I would leave them as they are unless you plan on refinishing the basement and putting up sheet rock...

But then you should decide if you are ever going to use the lines... If not I would take the lines back to the main and remove them there... Cap them there are the tee...
 
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Old 12-26-13, 07:32 AM
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I agree. It's nice to be able to open the ball valves and drain the lines completely if you need to work on the pipes.
 
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Old 12-27-13, 12:50 PM
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I agree. It's nice to be able to open the ball valves and drain the lines completely if you need to work on the pipes.
I didn't think of it like that! Good idea. Its all unfinished so a leak would not go undeteted. Of course theirs no drain nearby though so I cant really think of it as just a faucet.
 
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Old 12-27-13, 05:55 PM
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May want to remove the handles and set them aside some place.
 
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