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jadams68 01-09-2007 08:28 AM

Moving a hard gas line.
I need to move the 1" hard gas line in my basement project 2 feet to soffit it easier. Moving the pipe isn't the problem, my question is that someone told me the couplers that connect the hard pipe to the flexible csst hose are designed to crack when you take them apart and only a licensed plumber can purchase new ones? Is that true?

Thank you.

#CARRIERMAN 01-09-2007 09:34 AM

Hi jadams68

I am not sure what type you are working with, the stuff we use is called trac pipe. All you have to do with it when you break a connection, is to cut the end off and expose a fresh ring. Basically all you are doing is cutting one ring off the end, this gives you a fresh mating end. Just make sure to use a tubing cutter to do this, don't use a hacksaw it leaves a rough edge. Other than that, it's kind of a no brainer to do.

Good luck

jadams68 01-09-2007 11:19 AM

Excellent! Thank you for the quick reply.

#CARRIERMAN 01-09-2007 11:24 AM

Hi jadams

Your welcome, but don't forget to use a solution of soap bubbles to verify you have no leaks after you are done. Don't want any fires other than where they are supposed to be.


trollmastergeneral 01-10-2007 06:13 AM

Also rember never use a lighter only soap bubbles.The reason being is that you could light a very small flame you cant even see and later that day it could burn down the house ,this has happened ,not a myth.

jadams68 01-10-2007 06:29 AM

Troll, good pt. Someone here at work said to use Ivory soap specifically for that purpose.

terrynistler 01-10-2007 03:30 PM

Whatever dish soap you have will work fine. Just watch that the bubbles don't expand at all. In this area you do have to be licensed to install/change/cap/remove csst as well as buy the parts but all above postings are correct as far as procedure. A Pressure test is far more recommended but probably not feasible to you since all regulators would have to be isolated from the test. Just check it a few times before you go seal it up in the soffit better safe then sorry. Don't know about your area but in this area depending on gas company they will come and do it and check it sometimes for nothing and other times for a very nominal fee.

jadams68 01-12-2007 06:41 PM

Well I got weak and asked a plumber to estimate the job...
He quoted me $980 :eek: !

So I said, go :censored: yourself and did it myself for $17 in material.

This is the DO IT YOURSELF chatroom now isn't it?
:thumbup: :thumbup:

trollmastergeneral 01-12-2007 08:40 PM

Another method to look for gas leaks after a repair is to mark the half foot meter ,then come back in a hour and make sure it hasnt moved:whistling2:

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