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Old 10-08-2008, 07:39 PM   #1
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My old house has natural gas fittings for gas heaters but they're not where we would like them to be and two of the rooms don't even have them. What is typically used for plumbing natural gas? steel pipe? copper? PEX? I'm going to get some estimates for the work but I like to learn as much as I can beforehand. Thanks.

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steel for gas so far as i know

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How far are you going to run them?

Depending on size it uses 1/2" black iron pipe.
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Either black iron or flexible corrugated stainless is used.
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I hate track gas line. It looks terrible!
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Black pipe and gasflex are the most common. Gasflex is expensive but it installs real fast. I use both depending on the situation.
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Black pipe is neater looking and cooler to use.


~snicker~ any of you pros ever see a dry waller run a screw in to the flexable stuff that was run inside a wall.....that was one dry waller that gave up smoking lol
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Black pipe is neater looking and cooler to use.


~snicker~ any of you pros ever se a dry waller run a screw in to the flexable stuff that was run inside a wall.....that was one dry waller that gave up smoking lol
I'm a black pipe guy myself. I just seems much safer.

I use flexpipe for short runs and never in the wall.

Usually it is when I am in a hurry and being lazy...
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Thanks, black pipe it is.
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Also, don't arbitrarily assume that 1/2" pipe will be adequate to supply the appliance(s). In many, many circumstances it will not. Gas pipes must be sized, which is a complicated process that your plumber hopefully understands.
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Cool! Are we allowed to pick on him?

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Also, don't arbitrarily assume that 1/2" pipe will be adequate to supply the appliance(s). In many, many circumstances it will not. Gas pipes must be sized, which is a complicated process that your plumber hopefully understands.
OP didn't respond when i asked what they were hooking up but they did mention a water heater.
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My old house has natural gas fittings for gas heaters but they're not where we would like them to be and two of the rooms don't even have them. What is typically used for plumbing natural gas? steel pipe? copper? PEX? I'm going to get some estimates for the work but I like to learn as much as I can beforehand. Thanks.
Just a do-it-yourselfer's opinion, you can run your own black pipe(black iron) It really isnt that difficult either! Your local supply store will have all the sizes you could imagine, to make this job as easy as pie. I just finished the install of a 54ft run(from meter to furnace), with three bends(elbows). It really wasnt that difficult! If you can read a tape measure you can map and measure your run and put it where you want it! Thats exactly what i done, i drew a map of measured lengths of each run and exactly where i wanted it to go. I only missed with one measurement by 1" and well black pipe has some flex for those small mishaps(miscalculations). So a simple pull in the opposite direction made the a perfect fit for the install to go excactly where i wanted it to go!

So do it yourself, you will have a blast! Get yourself a couple of pipe wrenches, and a tub of pipe-dope, and enjoy yourself when your done enjoy the fruits of your labor! Besides your labor=$0.00 thier labor+$65.00 hr. you do the math!
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I'd be curious to see wht you size you ran. Allowances must be made for the amount of flow in cu in for each.

The pipe can.t be all one size and feed a WH and furnace ect
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