My house is being renovated. Got rid of the oil and switching to
gas. Half the house has a crawl space, the other half is on grade
(with 10" floor joists). A new gas line will be run from the
street. The question is where to put the gas meter. My contractor
wants to put it near the side of the house adjacent to the crawl
space. Makes sense, but it would be unsightly. I want to put it out
of sight, which means near the side of the house without a crawl
space. This would entail running the gas pipe under the floor of the
house for about 29' until it reaches the crawl space. The contractor
doesn't want to do this because he doesn't want to end up with any
unaccessible gas pipe joints (i.e., burried under the finished
Question: is there some sort of code compliant gas pipe that's very
long (and flexible and comes on a spool), that could span the distance
I need without having to join multiple sections? How can I solve this
Encase the pipe inside of a larger sleeve with welded joints and threaded
sealed ends. Used to be popular in under-slab gas jobs, rarely seen any
longer. But it would prevent any possibility of leakage within the crawl
area. Use reducing wall seal nuts for the ends; Normac, etc. Obviously
you'll need to make a straight shot of it.
If you can go CSST, make sure it is properly electrically bonded for the
entire length. Lightning hitting the building can blow holes in flex pipes.
You got me? Coated stainless steel flexible gas pipe is even accepted in
government homes. Also it is International code. obviously you have some
kind of local code that denies that. It can still be installed in
Government loan and built homes.
Double wall welded seam gas piping under the floor is great stuff...
& will definitely keep the local pipefitters happy for a while.
It's gonna be expensive... Probably cheaper to trench & bury all the way
around the house.
Better yet, redo the landscaping & plant some shrubs or what not to cover
that "unsightly" meter.
To guys like myself, a meter is an attraction that starts the gears turning.
When ever I see some duct or piping I'm always trying to figure its
I almost got run over at the Mpls/Stp Airport cuz a few ceiling tile were
out & I was eyeing up the duct & steam piping,
RedCap w/ a Golf cart full o'old folks honked & swerved as he came out of
his corner rounding powerslide!
(I still haven't figured it out... that place is huge, & the Stewardesses
passing by throw me off... I'll keep looking!)
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