Hiding a gas pipe within joists

Old 10-21-02, 08:51 PM
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Question Hiding a gas pipe within joists

OK, so I'm finishing off a basement that has a 7 foot ceiling from slab to joist. There is a steel gas pipe running accross the joists which is not good for the new proposed ceiling. What is the best way to route this gas pipe THROUGH the joists as there seems to be no other route to get to the appliances. Will flexible copper tubing work? What considerations are there for a sheetrocked ceiling regarding this?

Thanks for the help.
Old 10-22-02, 01:39 AM
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1) NEVER cut into or notch the bottom of a floor joist for any reason. A hole drilled in the middle part of the joist will not weaken the joist (at least 1 inch above the bottom of the joist).

2) NEVER use copper or aluminum for natural gas. There is flexible stainless steel tubing that would easily fit through the necessary holes drilled in the joists. You may not find this readily available. Special fittings and tools are needed for the ends of the tubing.

3) A permit will be required. There are serious safety issues to consider to protect your home and your family. A timed leak/pressure test must be done for the inspector's approval.

4) I'd recommend a qualified and licensed plumber.

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