Capping gas line extension at the meter


Old 07-01-14, 12:46 PM
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Capping gas line extension at the meter


I recently bough a house that has a gas line that was extended from my meter that ran into a fireplace that had a gas insert in it. I would like to convert the fireplace back to woodburning and the first step is removing and capping the gas line.

The line out of the meter has a on-off valve screwed on and while I've removed the gas line running from the valve to the fireplace, the nozzle that is available to be capped is not a standard size (neither 1/2 or 3/4 cap sizes which I bought at Home Depot).

It looks like I need to simply remove the valve and then I'll be able to cap the gas line with a standard 1/2" cap.

I don't see where I have access to shut gas off at the meter. My question is whether there is any risk to remove the valve and then cap it when the gas is on? I realize I'll lose some gas, but expect I can screw a cap in quickly. Is there any risk to doing this (for example, if the pressure would be too high to let put a cap on when the gas is running)?

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Old 07-01-14, 06:42 PM
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Whether the meter is inside or outside you will have a shutoff that looks like the one circled in red somewhere near and before the meter. When you turn the valve to horizontal...... where the holes line up...... the gas will be shut off.

You don't want to do any repairs with the gas on. It comes out very quickly.

If you had some kind of flex or tubing connected there then there would be a flare fitting at the valve that would need to be removed before a standard cap would work.

If you can post a pic we can confirm it.

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