moving piping for slide in gas oven installation-how to?


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Old 11-23-06, 07:10 PM
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moving piping for slide in gas oven installation-how to?

My kitchen has a gas wall oven and a gas range top(natural gas). I am attempting to remove the gas wall oven and cooktop, and install a free-standing gas range unit where the cooktop is. I was all excited for the 'easy install' until I looked beneath the cabinets under the cooktop-the gas line and electric box are in the very middle of the space and are jutting out. The gas line jutts out about 5-6" from the rear. The electric box I think I can move or sink in without too much mess, but I am not sure what to do with the gas line...I pulled up a measurement of the oven I was eyeing-whirlpool- and it showed the ideal gas location to be in either the bottom left or bottom right corners, no more than 17" from the floor. My pipe is located in the middle of the oven loaction, about 2'+ from the floor-so I imagine I will have to relocate the pipe?! The house has a slab foundation in houston,tx. My questions:
1)How much would it cost-roughly-to have someone move the valve over and down and be done with it? should I call a plumber or centerpoint (gas company)?
2)If I want to do it myself, how shoud I approach it. I assume I would have to rip into the wall- I can access the other side of the wall (in the living room) and maybe just take out the sheetrock? Then how do I proceed?

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Thanks!!!!!!
Will
 
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Old 11-25-06, 07:18 PM
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This would be a little ambitious for a first time DIY projece. The gas work requires a permit. Some locations allow a homeowner to pull a permit and do the work; some do not.

If you do get involved with this, get two good 18 or 24" pipe wrenches. When you start unscrewing pieces, you always need to hold back on the next piece.

That valve is "old school" and should be replaced.

You may need some custom cut-and-threaded lengths of iron pipe. Your local supply house may provide that. Home centers do also, but the quality of the threading can be suspect.

The inspector may require you to pressure test the new assembly. To do this, you would need to DISCONNECT and cap off all other gas loads, disconnect at the meter tee, and test from there.
 
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Old 11-26-06, 12:54 PM
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Thanks for the help! This is obviously out of my reach so I will call a plumber to do this!
 
 

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