Odd this came up here. Every few years I paint my meter and pipes rust
oleum forest green, to protect it and keep it looking good. the pipes
are at least 35 years old. around here your responsible from the curb
valve, and everything in your home.
say you have a minor leak and call the gas company. they come and
detect the leak and red tag your home, no service tll a plumber fixes
leak and pressure tests home.
now normal pressure is very low, a few ounces,
pressure test is 75 POUNDS:(
basically a indoor pressure test here means you rip out ALL the lines
and generally its easier to just replace them all, since there are
some grandfathered fittings that arent legal today... in 1950 they
I plan on buying enough paint to do a friends home, she is on a fixed
income and the meter connections are turning into a ball of rust.
looks bad too right on front of home.
some stuff is easier maintained than replaced. if I hadnt been
occasionally painting those pipes they would of certinally rotted away
by now, replacing entrance line here is 3500 hundred bucks:(
incidently most gas explosions are from the gas company mains, not
in your house its so stinky you know immediately you have a problem
and take care of it.
I have reported repeatedly a exposed gas company line in a field that
was leaking bad. met the service guy there once. line was hissing.
he said he would add it to the list, leaks were common and to not
worry about it.
as a child i lived by a major gas explosion in crafton pa. many died
that day and since i liked watching them work it could of been me.
explosion destroyed a big chunk of buildings. the area still looks