DIY natural gas fittings

I overhead a part of a conversation and was wondering if someone here would be able to fill me in on a few details. I heard that you can get a flexible natural gas piping now, with fittings, so that you can run the line yourself and just get an authorized plumber to approve it. Is that correct? What is the pipe called? And fittings? Apparently it saves you getting an expensive machine to put threads on the traditional black pipe.
Thanks from sunny Saskatchewan, Caleb
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I am in the business, and as far as I know, no manufacturer will sell flex to anyone that is not a licensed contractor with factory certification. Defiantly NOT a DIY thing. Greg
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Greg is correct, you must be certified to buy it.
The reason is this, if you put it together, how can the plumber or HVAC tech know what procedure was used to actually cut the material, the spacing etc. The only way a certified person can check it for sure is to undo all the fittings and then re-do them.
Rich
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Apparently it saves you getting an expensive

??? why don't you have the hardware store thread it for you when you buy it ? every place i have ever seen pipe for sale has a machine to thread it, $.25-50 cent a thread?
bill

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Good suggestion, but Caleb is in Saskatchewan and may be an hours drive or more from the nearest hardware store.
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No. No supplier will sell SSF to a non licenced person that I am aware of, and you can ONLY get it on a roll, and the roll costs about $500US in 3/4 inch.

Depends on what brand you buy. We tend to call it SSF.

About $15 each..

Umm...depends on what you call expensive. My hand threader kit was about $600, where the power threader is about $1500.

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Well, for LPG the "standard" seems to be copper tubing and flare fittings. Don't know about NG standards.
It is relatively easy to make good flare connections.
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Thanks for all your reponses. I didn't know the distribution was limited to licenced people, so that is helpful as well. And, as some of you guessed, the nearest black pipe store is possibly one hour, if I can get it down the road, but more likely 3 hours drive. Hence the DIY nature of my query.
Looks like a job to call the plumber in for.
Thanks again, Caleb
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If you call a plumber, be sure he is licensed to install gas piping. A regular plumbers license does not cover it, it should be a "Gas Fitter" license.

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Not sure about Canada, but here in the states, a plumber must have a gas fitters licence. I have several plumbers that we do gas pipe for, since they do not have the licence.....you MIGHT want to try a local HVAC outfit, as here, when you get your licence for that, its normally included in the ticket.

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I bought a hand pipe threader for $10 several years ago at a used tool store. It may not be as fast as the machine, but it does the job fine for home projects.
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Amen Bob,
Did my gas log and bar bq grill with black pipe. Gas guys gave it there blessing. Bought a pipe vice.cutter and a threader and still saved a bunch. OP said he would have to drive 3 hours for parts. I would drive 3 hours for this. Firsr I would see what I could scrounge locally.

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