fireplace gas shut off valve

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Old 12-28-02, 01:02 PM
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fireplace gas shut off valve

My shut off valve is leaking gas and produces an intermittent gas odor. The gas company inspected the valve and confirmed there is a slow leak and recommended hiring a plumber. How do I replace the valve?
 
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Old 12-29-02, 06:49 AM
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mcasas,

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE FOR THIS, IT IS BEST TO HIRE A PLUMBER IF YOU LACK THE SKILLS TO PERFORM ANY OR ALL MENTIONED BELOW.

The gas valve is available at Home Depot or Lowes and can be replaced by shutting your gas main OFF. This means that all gas pilots will have to be re-lit when it is turned back on unless you have electronics on furnace(s), water heater(s) and stove.

The valve will have to be removed by unscrewing it and then reinstalled. Depending on the fittings, Flare fitting requires NO JOINT COMPOUND OR TAPE. However, threaded fitting will require the used of Pipe Joint Compound made for gas applications, Oatey - Great White with Teflon paste is the best. All should be securely installed and if possible use a detergent and squirt over the fittings when the gas has been turned back on to test for any leaks. Bubbles will immediately form if leaks are present. If so, shut gas main off immediately.

ALL GAS APPLIANCES MUST BE RE-LIT - CAUTION IS ADVISED.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND A PLUMBER IF ANY OF THIS IS QUESTIONABLE WITHIN YOUR SKILL LEVEL. THEY ARE THE PROFESSIONALS AND CAN RESOLVE ANY ISSUES ENCOUNTERED WHILE DOING THIS WORK. SAFETY FIRST.

Hope this helps!
 
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