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Old 05-31-00, 10:00 AM
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I want to move my gas dryer to a new location but want to avoid having to rerun all new black cast pipe. Is there a problem with running copper tubing to make the connection?
 
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Old 05-31-00, 10:04 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by steve varani:
I want to move my gas dryer to a new location but want to avoid having to rerun all new black cast pipe. Is there a problem with running copper tubing to make the connection? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hi:Steve Varani

Your asking if it's okay to run copper tubing as a gas line.

There sure is. Copper used as a gasline anywhere's inside a structure is illegal in every state I know of.

The sulfer found in all natural gas, even in small amounts, will corrode the inside of the copper tubing and it will spring leaks over time.

The only exception is found in mobile housing. In this situation, the inside of the copper tubing is tin lined and legal but as mentioned prior, it is the only type of copper that is legal and in this application only, that I am aware of.

In order to comply with the codes of your city and state, black iron or galvanized piping must be used in all structures.

The second reason is to prevent a moving wall from shearing the tubing in an earthquake or other type disaster.

My suggestions would be to contact a licensed plummer in your area or inquire at the city's building office about the rules/laws and codes in your community.

Good Luck,
TomBartco
Natural Gas Energy Technician and Consultant


 
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