A technitian from our gas company told me that gas pipe line to a gas
light in our garden is leaking and needs be repaired. I dugged up lawn
to expose the entire line of 100 feets and found multiple leaking
spots. A yellow plastic pipe is used except short length of one end
section which is copper pipe. I am going to have the entire line
replaced by a single copper pipe. I am wondering if this is something I
can do myself. It appears not so difficult. Is there anyone who did
Electric will probbably save you money, is very DIY friendly, and you
can install a timer or light sensor to pick its on times.
With compact fluroscent lamp its very efficent too, and can be briter
than a gas lamp, with no leaks ever
Electric is definitely easier but it's not quite as romantic is it? I
guess it depends on whether the lamp is used in a decorative situation.
I think gas lamps that show the flame are really neat additions.
If you have to ask, you probably shouldn't do it. Learn first under the
watch of a skilled person, then do it. Gas is not something you want to
experiment with. Local codes may prohibit you anyway.
The most difficult part is digging the line up. You already did the hard
labor, get a pro to make the connections for you.
Thanks to all responded.
The light is serving as ornamental purpose as well and our Home Owner
Association does not allow us to change. Anyway it looks very
aesthetic and we like it.
We aggree to that gas light is wastfull since it is on even during the
It is true we did the hardest part of the work. We are leaning towards
letting a pro to do the the rest but I just wanted to ask about DIY
Do I better off using plastic rather than copper? Our present gas leak
problem is due to clacks on the pipe. The clacks appears caused by
tree roots either pressing or pinching the pipe.
I don't know where you are located or what the local code is, but I can
tell you this. Here in the USA the gas companies use plastic piping
for lots of natural gas applications. On the other hand, I've never
seen them use copper. As I recall, there are issues with components
contained in the natural gas causing copper to corrode. Before you do
anything, I would check the local codes, as it's easier to do it right
the first time, rather than do it all over again later.
My location is suburbs of Atlanta. The total distance between the meter
and the light is about 100 feet. Presently a 1/4 dia copper tube of
about 6 feet from the gas meter is used and the rest is a 1/2 dia
yellow plastic pipe. A short piece of tube which comes out from the
light fixture is also a 1/4 dia copper.
On 15 Jun 2006 08:39:16 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Tell your homeowner association to take a hike off a cliff and explain
to them that you care about our natural resources and if they dont
like it, maybe the DNR in your state will contact them. There is no
reason to waste gas 24/7.
Copper is a better choice for pipe
Yeah nearly every gas lamp was removed by law here too.
The OP may find a minimum bury depth for the new line. If he goes with
plastic and it crosses any area where it might get damaged I would put
it in conduit pipe for mechanical protection
And don't forget to run a wire (usually yellow) along with the plastic
pipe, so that it can be found by a metal detector in the future.
That is what the local gas company does when they replace the line to a
If I had something witty to say, this is where I'd say it.
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