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shovelshort 02-18-2007 03:47 PM

gas line
 
I want to tuck the main gas line coming into my house up into the floor joists so I can finish my basement/ceiling. This is purely for aesthetics. However, the builder never put in a coupling anywhere in the line. I am only a few feet inside the house from the meter (as far as where I need to make alterations to tuck pipe). A friend says that I will have to begin at the meter and start taking things apart until I get to where I need to be. Problem, we are in the middle of a cold snowy winter.

My question is this: is a builder / contractor required to put one or more couplings in line for future repair work? or is this purely courtesy?

glennjanie 02-19-2007 08:54 AM

Call it courtesy or CYA ( I may be the one to make the changes) I like to put a union in occasionally. Some plumbers don't like unions because they have to be exactly in line and exact fit to keep them from leaking; no unions, no problems.
You may cut the line where ever you need to make a change, take the pipe from each side of the cut and have the local hardware store to thread them and cut one side in two pieces, threaded and include a union. This allows you to insert what ever you need without having to unscrew the whole house of pipe. Caution:be sure you cut out some pipe to allow for the extra fittings you are installing.
Glenn

shovelshort 02-20-2007 12:24 PM

Excellent! Thank you very much. This should save me a lot of work. Much appreciated.

Daryl 02-21-2007 07:27 PM

make sure to check your connections and union with a soap solution for leaks after install !!

shovelshort 03-13-2007 10:48 AM

One more quick question. Does it matter if I put the union on the inside or the outside of the house? Just wandering if temperature changes will make the union expand and leak.

glennjanie 03-13-2007 12:47 PM

Temperature changes won't hurt the union but it will hurt my feelings to have to go outside and work on it someday later. I prefer to have a main gas valve and several unions inside the house.
Glenn

shovelshort 03-13-2007 03:27 PM

Ok, I put it inside. Just seems to me that if something is going to leak, it will be the union and I wanted that to happen outside. It doesn't matter, I didn't have enough room between meter and outside wall to do it anyway.


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