Converted to gas water heater


Old 12-06-05, 01:47 PM
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Converted to gas water heater

I had a new water heater plumbed by a licensed plumber and have some questions. He took a T fitting off the supply to the furnace and ran black pipe for about 4 feet then went to yellow flexible gase line that runs for about 6 feet down the side of the water tank to the gas regulator. It seems odd to me to have that much flex tubing. Most water heaters I have seen have black pipe to a union right next to the gas regulator. The use of the flexible tube leaves the pipe hanging and flopping around. I figured I could add a pipe hanger to solve this problem. Would using copper hanger on black pipe be OK? My guess is the lack of hanger was an oversight. Does this installation sound reasonable? Thanks
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Old 12-06-05, 09:15 PM
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Post a picture of this installation, if you cannot load an image on this site then go to and provide a link back to this thread to see your situation.

Sounds like a shortcut but Gastite is legal in most states. They either got lazy on you or didn't want to make numerous cuts for black iron and fittings.

Support is needed for gastite, per mfg. specifications.
Old 12-07-05, 06:43 AM
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I'll post a picture tonight. I am at work right now. I am probably going to plumb it the rest of the way myself. Any tips or tricks I should be aware of?

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Old 12-07-05, 07:34 AM
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There is nothing wrong with flexible gas connectors. Here in California it is REQUIRED to use flexible connectors.

It does sound like your installation is just sloppy.
Old 12-07-05, 07:53 AM
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It's not as bad as it sounds. The black pipe comes across the ceiling joists in the basement to the area with the heater and makes a 90 to about the top of the heater. There is the shutoff and the rest is flex. The flex crosses the top of the heater and is secured with a clamp then straight down to the regulator. Pics to follow tionight.
Old 12-07-05, 04:12 PM
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Please see photo, I would appreciate your opinion

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