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Old 08-28-2011, 09:33 PM   #1
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Looking for some information on how to work with Gastite and its fittings. Are there special tools required? Whats the best way to cut the line? Not much information online about it. I'm looking into taking the course in town but haven't had any luck finding one running at the moment.

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Old 08-28-2011, 11:09 PM   #2
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You cut it with a good quality tubing cutter.
I believe you can get certified by somebody that sells it.
There is nothing hard about it.The main trhing is to make sure the cuts are clean and square.
The other thing you need to do is to be able to read the sizing charts.

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There is a GasTite branded pair of cutters they sell specifically for CSST. They have four rollers opposite the blade. Most tubing cutters only have two. The CSST cutters will give you an effortless, near perfect cut every time. The four rollers support a larger area of the tubing, and eliminate the cracking/splitting you run into with regular tubing cutters.

You can certainly do it with regular cutters, but you'll want to keep a file handy to clean up the burrs you will have on some of your cuts. If the end of the tubing is not smooth and flat when you tighten the fitting you will have leaks. I did it with regular tubing cutters for a long time, but after using the CSST cutters I wouldn't want to do it again.
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Thanks guys! I also found a YouTube video that shows the same - looks very easy to work with. I figured they'd have some cool fusion tool or something....
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Nah, it's pretty low tech. Honestly, the materials are so expensive I've switched back to copper and/or black iron pipe on the bulk of my installs. Add to that the grounding requirements (which require a licensed electrician and another permit/inspection in my locale) and it just doesn't make sense to use it. Fast and easy, yes.....expensive, YES!
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