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Old 02-28-2008, 09:50 AM   #1
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adding a gas fixture - will the metter support ?

i want to add a gas cook top in my basement. the existing fixtures are a 40 gal water heater and a boiler that heats water for the radiators for the whole house, about 2,600 sq ft including basement, about 6-7 radiators. do not have other metrics on the boiler.

i also do not have any metrics on the meter itself, although i recall seeing a number 75 on it, if that means anything.

i am quite skilled at pipe-fitting and have done gas work, rearranged and refit pipes. i do not have formal training that would have given me the knowledge about calcs and moderating meter size and fixture consumption but will eventually acquire it, for the time being i am picking y'all's brains. to make a long story short, i know the official advice is that this type of work falls outside of the DIY domain but i feel confident branching out a T and fitting a few nipples, as long as you tell me that the meter supply will be sufficient.

i will be home tomorrow evening, i can post some pics and perhaps look for some numbers on the meter/fixtures, if you think it would be useful.

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How far will the cook top be from the main gas line coming into the home?


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Old 02-29-2008, 05:41 AM   #3
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you can tee off any main supply into a ON DEMAND item is just that...your furnace, hwh and exsisting stove the chances off all 3 running and the added item are not that common.for what the add on would use would not be a major drain on the others even during normal cycles.stoves/ranges are the least compared to a furnace or boiler
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How far will the cook top be from the main gas line coming into the home?
the line is running right above it, so only maybe 4-5 ft below the tee.


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Old 02-29-2008, 09:22 AM   #5
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You really need to know how many btus the meter will deliver and how much you're using. I went through the same process but I eventually found the specs of the meter online (275k btus). I had the gas company (keyspan) come out and give me a bigger one (425).
I tear things down and build them up.
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