DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Plumbing Forum > Gas line drain wait time




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-04-2010, 06:58 PM  
DrHicks
Big Hog
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 102
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tmiranda View Post
I ended up doing it last night before I read all these lol. I turned off the gas at the meter and then left for the hardware store. i figured that was enough time. Apparently in Wichita we do not have to call the utility company as the gas came back on just fine. The whole project took only about 45 min including a trip to local Ace hardware store. I did have a scare at first. After I got the dryer hooked up to the gas line I went back to the meter and turned the gas back on. I went and turned on the dryer and then I went over and lit the pilot on the water heater. After about a minute I started to smell gas. I quickly shut off the water heater and got some soap and checked all my connections and everything looked fine. (i knew it would be, i wrapped each pipe with gas line plumbers tape 3 times and tightened everything crazily tight) so i waited for about 5 minutes with the dryer on and i didn't smell the gas anymore so I went ahead and re-lit the pilot on the water heater. Everything seems fine.

Way to go, man! By the way, there ARE certain rewards to having a wife who thinks you're pretty handy.


__________________
DrHicks is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-17-2013, 08:57 AM  
Kimspetcare
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1
Default

how long to do you have to wait for the tru-blu sealant to cure before you can do the leak test?



__________________
Kimspetcare is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-17-2013, 09:57 AM  
CallMeVilla
Senior Member
 
CallMeVilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,174
Liked 332 Times on 261 Posts
Likes Given: 125

Default

DrH is absolutely correct. We all have stories .... I went to a place where the gas smell was really strong and the tenant was a smoker. Yes, way. Seems they had installed a new stove and the dumbass had either used white teflon tape or NO TAPE at all on the fittings.

The white tape was turning to a sticky goo and the unsealed fittings were bubbling when I applied testing solution.

I threw him (and his lit cigarette) out of the place and re-sealed all the fittings properly with Rectorseal, not gas tape.

"I wondered why there was a gas smell in the kitchen," Mr. Joe Camel said.
I took my money and got the hell out of there.

Oh, wait until I tell you about the overhead power lines that were arcing in the rain at his place .... another day, another story.

boom.jpg  
__________________
CallMeVilla is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-17-2013, 08:07 PM  
Caduceus
Plumber
 
Caduceus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posts: 25
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kimspetcare View Post
how long to do you have to wait for the tru-blu sealant to cure before you can do the leak test?
Instructions should be on the label from the manufacturer for cure time or if curing is necessary. If not, a tradesman who is experienced in gas line installations should be consulted to check the work, test it and verify that it is safe. I do not recommend gas piping work to be done by DIYers.
__________________

Last edited by Caduceus; 09-17-2013 at 08:55 PM.
Caduceus is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-17-2013, 08:31 PM  
Caduceus
Plumber
 
Caduceus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posts: 25
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DrHicks View Post
On a gas line, you do NOT use that white Teflon tape. There is gas-line tape that is usually yellow.
One of the reasons why I have a difficult time giving advice on gas line repairs and installations to DIYrs is because of the myths related to gas piping and the controversy that ensues when I give the advice.
Another reason is because too many products have become available on the market to consumers, they are given the impression that it's "safe and easy" with the product and the truth is that they really don't understand the proper application of it. It creates a very unsafe situation.
I could go on a rant about how white teflon tape is okay and what the true purpose of thread sealant is...but I won't.
I'll just leave it at this. People who are not properly trained and educated on how to do gas line repairs and installations should not do them.
__________________
Caduceus is offline  
nealtw Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-17-2013, 10:59 PM  
CallMeVilla
Senior Member
 
CallMeVilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,174
Liked 332 Times on 261 Posts
Likes Given: 125

Default

Well .... Caduceus, while a rant is not needed ... maybe you could calmly outline your thoughts about tape and sealants in general? How about industry standards when it comes to making sure basic repairs are done safely?

Everybody here counts on pro's (like you) to share experience, stories, and best practices. You could stop someone from a bonehead mistake!

plumbing.jpg  
__________________
CallMeVilla is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-22-2013, 08:54 AM  
Caduceus
Plumber
 
Caduceus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posts: 25
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Strange. I just posted a reply about an hour ago and it's gone. I guess glitches happen.

Repost but a shorter story. I may have given the impression that I was being aggressive in my response above, but my matter-of-fact tone may not have translated well over text. I was, in fact, very calm but maybe a little too quick to the point and I apologize for not being more clear.
Recent events with a close friend of mine has solidified my reasoning for not giving gas advice on the forums and recommending a professional instead. He did some work with internet advice and though most of the work was great, some very important stuff was missed and created a very dangerous situation.
For me to outline my thoughts on PTFE and thread sealants would be contrary to what I have already stated. It would seem to others that I condone the use of it by DIYers by explaining how it should be used. I feel that there are too many pieces to the puzzle of gas line installation to safely advise on it, but these are just my opinions and anybody else can help if they choose.
I'm not hating on DIYers, I'm a huge fan of helping friends and family as well as strangers on the forums. I just think that there should be a line drawn on certain subjects. When a person asks a question like Kimspetcare did, you have to question how knowledgeable and experienced she/he is with gas lines and how safe could the installation be without even knowing the basics of 'pipe dope'.
Safety is always a concern with every trade, but with gas there's the surprising element of "BOOM, JUST BLEW UP A WHOLE FREAKIN' HOUSE!!" Y'know what I mean? So, I'm not hatin' on anybody. I think that a very cavalier attitude is given towards gas line repairs...even 'basic' repairs...and not enough respect towards the power of what natural gas can do.
(<----indicates non-aggressive post)

__________________

Last edited by Caduceus; 09-22-2013 at 09:17 AM.
Caduceus is offline  
nealtw Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-22-2013, 09:29 AM  
nealtw
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 8,923
Liked 677 Times on 606 Posts
Likes Given: 1197

Default

I agree with Caduceus here, very little of this should be done by DIYs, it's one thing to have something not leak the day you do the work but it also has to last for years and often hidden in walls.
It's one thing to change out a stove or hot water tank but running new lines, should not be incouraged.

Strange. I just posted a reply about an hour ago and it's gone. I guess glitches happen.

I have forgot to hit the post button from time to time.



__________________
nealtw is online now  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Inaccessible AC Drain line brimhack HVAC 10 07-14-2010 06:25 PM
Underground downspout drain line edlank General Home Improvement Discussion 3 04-07-2009 04:25 PM
Drain line thermal expansion ticking edlank Plumbing Forum 2 03-26-2009 06:18 AM
Freezing drain line johnnyboi1016 Plumbing Forum 8 09-20-2007 07:48 AM
Sewer drain line question Texasguy Plumbing Forum 6 07-03-2006 03:43 PM