I have a friend who has an inch and a half service on his secondary. The company valve is a bronze gate valve. The system is 40-50 years old. We are doing an update. The gate valve is in pretty good shape, but leaks out the stem a bit. I cut open the service line to see if it was too corroded to work and the inside is in great shape. There is the company gate valve, a short galvanized nipple, an old wye strainer, another short nipple and a union. Everything is very rusted. I tried to open the union, but it wouldn't budge. From there to the pump is 1.5 inch galvanized. I want to cut the line out a few feet downstream from the gate valve, remove the union, strainer and the nipple into the gate valve. Then I'll install an new ball valve for the property owner, a filter, and PVC pipe to a compression coupling onto the existing galvanized line. Of course, I'll use PVC into the bronze gate valve. I'm concerned that I won't be able to get the nipple between the strainer and gate valve out. Any suggestions? I hate galvanized pipe!