Drip Leg

Old 12-19-05, 08:23 AM
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Drip Leg

How important is the installation of a "drip leg" in a gas line (in my case, propane)? I'm in an older house and none were installed, but now that I'm doing some remodeling I'm thinking maybe I should add them before my oven and my water heater. Any suggestions?
Old 12-19-05, 08:53 AM
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The drip-leg is a preventative measure. If you have steel pipe, there is a tendancy to flake. The drip-leg catches these, heavier than gas, particles preventing them from clogging orfices and valves. Good luck.
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As per NFPA 54 (National Fuel Code), drip legs (or sediment trap (the proper term), are not required on ranges. They are required on water heaters.

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