I just bought an old farm house that has an unattached garage with a
furnace in it. It did not work and the gas valve was turned off at the
meter so I had a friend do a pressure test on the line from the meter
at the house and it did not hold the pressure. So do I call the gas
company to come fix it or will they not touch it?
What is an expected cost of something like this if I DIY it?
The distance is about 30 feet.
How deep are most codes for NG lines? 24"?
What could be used to dig a hole that deep as easy and cheap as
Easy and cheap are antithetical in this situation... :)
I have no idea what your supplier arrangement is where you are. Here,
we're off a tap off the main transmission line and the responsibility
ends at the meter (although they do do a snifter test every couple of
years or so, it's more to protect themselves than worrying about me...
May as well call 'em and ask, first. But, I'd expect to dig and find
the one end and go from there. You could always rent a small trencher.
The gas company is responsible for the meter, and everything on *their* side
of it. On *your* side of the meter, *you're* responsible. Call a plumber.
Depends on the size of the line, the material used, the number of fittings
needed... hard to say with any degree of precision, but you can *probably* do
it for under a hundred bucks.
"Most codes" is not relevant. The only thing that matters is *your**local*
code. Call the local government agency that issues building permits. They'll
either be able to answer that question, or tell you who can.
Rent a DitchWitch.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
round here, the local gas co (Rape Gouge Extort) will come out and do just
about anything you want them to. but at a 1598% markup. running NG lines is
not that difficult. unless you have to cut and thread your own pipe. local
diy center has a pretty good selection of different sized threaded pipe.
make sure you get the paste and not the tape for the threads. the tape
BLOWS. if this seems complicated still....call a plumber....cheaper then gas
Codes vary by area, but I believe 18" is a general rule. As far as cheap and
easy? Cheap, a shovel, Easy, rent a trencher.
I would consider calling around to see if you can find someone that installs
polyethylene pipe rated for under ground gas. It will cost more, but it
lasts longer than coated black pipe. Some areas may even allow copper, but
it is a regional thing whether copper would be allowed.
Best bet would be to contact the local inspections office to see what they
i used the yellow plastic pipe. you can get the ends that are
compression fit to the pipe at plumbing supply store., i put a T in my
pipe just out of the meter . trenched about 2 feet down (gas dont freeze
though" . you can usually buy different lengths of threaded pipe to get
it into the garage. your pressure out of the meter is usually about 4
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