Anyone here run their own natural gas lines?

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Old 10-19-18, 11:56 AM
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Talking Anyone here run their own natural gas lines?

I recently purchased a gas wood stove and I built the hearth and tiled the wall, but now I have to tackle the gas lines. An older gentlemen (retired custom home builder) suggested that I could save money if I run my own gas lines and just pay for someone to connect the line to my gas meter, pull the permit, and preform the leak down test.

My gas meter is literally 4 feet (on the outside wall) from where the stove will be located on the hearth, so we're not talking a huge distance. However, since I'll be under there, I've thought about running lines down to the kitchen, laundry room, and water heater closet since there currently all electric. That distance is approximately 60-70 feet.

I'm looking at using the 3/4in CSST Home Flex lines.

Has anyone ever done this or have any hindsight 20/20 that they would like to share?
 
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First question is do you know how to shut the gas off? Is there a valve nearby? Second look at the pipe, is there some way to get a T in it. You might post some pictures. But again first step is to make sure you can shut the gas off. Once you are confident with that, do some research and check back with some pictures.

If you shut off the gas, disassemble the pipe but screw things up, what will you do for heat? Heating projects are best done in the spring.

While you are doing that, at least get a quote from a plumber or two. Plumbers are your friend. Get to know some plumbers. Another issue might be you gas system might not be able to support you new heater, but it probably can.
 
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Running gas piping isn't rocket science, but it's something you don't want to get wrong. Many people here don't consider it a DIY project because of the risk if the pipes do leak at all.

But if you want to tackle the project, you can definitely do it with CSST or black steel pipe. You'll need to draw it out to figure out pipe sizing. We can help if you can provide a sketch of the piping layout and what's connected where.

Don't forget that you'll need to ground/bond the gas piping in accordance with the installation instructions if you do use CCST.
 
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Shutting off the gas at my meter is pretty straight forward, so you I do have the ability to do that. My stove will reside approx. 4 feet on the opposite wall as my gas meter. The main line from my meter enters through the wall separating my family room and my garage. I tore the drywall out to see where I could tee into it, and drop the line beneath the house and access is good.

I do plan to consult a few plumbers in my area, but securing contractors in my area is very difficult because of the skilled labor shortage; the folks we do have are ripping busy and usually booked out weeks if not months; hence why I've had to dabble in the DIY world because I really don't have much of a choice.

I'll upload some pictures so you folks can see what I'm looking at.
 
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I can understand that you'd like to save a few shekels, but I personally would never put my name on someone else's work -- especially a non-professional.
 
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Be careful and test for leaks.

As a DIYer, I've done natural gas lines in two homes. These were for water heater relocations, stove relocations, dryers, and gas grills. I've also done gas grill lines in my LP home. All my work has been done in black iron pipe, with the exception of the flex lines to the appliances. I didn't find it particularly challenging as DIY work goes. Plan ahead, be careful, and test. One thing I'd suggest, is to add in a few extra Tee's (and cap them off). This will give you flexibility for future changes. If you add valves where you put in the Tees, you can make your changes incrementally, without having to shut off the whole house for each step. I've always found stores, plumbing supply and big box, that would cut an thread pipe for me at reasonable cost.

Good luck.
 
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