How do I remove an old gas pipe from the baseboard?
I live in very old house. About a year ago the house had to completely re-piped for gas. There was a gas leak under the home and it was too costly to fix. The new pipes go through the attic according to current city building codes.
However, the old pipes are still under the house and some of them stick out of the baseboards. One such pipe occupies a spot on a wall where I want to put a bookcase, but it is in the way. It's just an old, steel pipe with an elbow and a cap. An old cast iron heater used to be there, but was removed when central air was installed.
Can I safely remove or cut it out? Since it is no longer in service there won't be any gas. But what about residual smell? And how can I cover up the hole in the wall? What tools can I use? The pipe hangs over old hardwood floors that I want to preserve. I could use a good strategy to avoid cutting into the old floors.
Thanks for any help you can offer!