I have to move some 3/4 "gas plumbing that is 20+ years old.
Basically it sticks out too far into the kitchen so need to move it
back a couple inches. Normally I would just remove the piece and
replace it with a shorter one. The problem is the piece goes back into
the firewall and I get a wrench on the 90 elbow.
I don't want to torque the pipe.
Can the pipe simply be cut and threaded in place using a pipe thread
ratchet? My other option is to demo the firewall.
How far does the pipe stick out?
The pipe threader will need at about 3" clear to the wall to create the
Threading the pipe will "tighten" the pipe into the elbow; but there is
a chance that this will cause a leak.
I'm not sure how I would approach this situation..........
If the 3" protrusion was ok I might go for the "cut & re-thread" option
but you'd have to be able verify "no leak" inside the wall.
Another approach would be to remove the offending pipe, use a job saw,
jig saw or large hole to cut an access hole. Install the new (shorter)
pipe w/ valve & test for leaks.
Replace the wall piece that was removed.
Just thinking out loud here, with no particular experience: if there
is enough clearance from the wall, is there a way to clamp the pipe
sticking out of the wall so that the torque from the threader will not
be transmitted to the fitting inside the wall? Maybe just a long pipe
wrench and a helper to provide an opposing torque as needed?
I ended up busting through the fire wall. It took a good while, but it
seemed like the "right" way to go about it. I got it all done with a
minor leak in the final piece. It is a 6" straight piece between 2
90's. I don't think it will be too hard to finish up tomorrow.
Does anyone have any techniques for putting in the final piece? I
tried to get one side pretty tight then backed it off to screw into the
other 90. I really don't see any other way to go about it.
Thanks for the help and suggestions!!!
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