Running gas lines


Old 10-21-05, 01:14 PM
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Running gas lines

I am buying a house. Right now the house has a gas furnace and water heater. I am going to be adding a gas dryer and stove. The house has a fill basment with easy access to the floor joists. Can i run the gas lines myself, or do I need to get a plumber? If a plumber is needed, do you have any that you would recommend based on price, i live in the Pittsburgh PA area.
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Old 10-21-05, 01:43 PM
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First thing is to check your local code office to see if gas lines have to be installed by a licensed person. Some areas require this. It also becomes an issue with your homeowners insurance if it has to be done with a permit.
I am not in favor of untrained homeowners doing gas work. Gas is not forgiving and is very dangerous. In your case, you are adding gas appliances. This will entail having the gas line size checked to see if it is large enough to accomodate the added appliances. If not, you would be "starving" the appliances of fuel which is not acceptable. They will not operate correctly. You would also have to obtain the proper tools to do the job. These are not cheap.
This IS a DIY site however, there are some things that are better left to the pros. I do not know the going rates in your area. Get at least 3 estimates and compare prices. Good luck with your new home and projects.
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