I shut off the propane gas line at the valve and removed the corrugated
metal connections just past the valve to an old hotwater heater (which I
took apart, just for the fun of it - but that's a different story).
What do I *cap* the gas line off with?
I ask because the gas line is "safe" with the valve turned off, but the
valve can be nudged by someone, and while it stinks immediately if you open
that valve, it seems that I should cap off the gas line with a
semi-permanent cap of some sort that has to be screwed off so that it won't
On Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:28:59 -0000 (UTC), "Danny D."
Either find a fitting that will cap the fitting which the corrigated
pipe was on. Take the corrigated pipe to a hardware store and tell them
you need a cap to fit. Or, the valves are usually just standard 1/2" or
3/4" pipe threads. Remove the adaptor that fits your corrigated pipe,
and insert a 1/2 or 3/4" common pipe plug.
I agree, ALL gas pipes should be capped when not used. If something
contacts the valve, it can be turned on. I know of one unoccupied home,
where a raccoon got behind a stove which was still connected to the gas,
but the valve was turned off. The coon turned on the gas, and some
burners were open on the stove. The whole house was filled with gas, but
fortunately there was nothing to ignite it, so nothing exploded or
burned, but the people had a huge gas bill to pay.
On Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:33:57 -0700 (PDT), Uncle Monster wrote:
Thank you for that additional hint.
Even though there is a shutoff valve an inch away, I agree with you that a
dab of sealer and some kind of leak detection would make lots of sense,
simply because there is an open flame three feet away at the second hot
Thanks for the advice, as I am decidedly not a plumber.
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