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Old 10-08-2008, 04:00 PM   #16
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when I saw them switch over to pex, I believe that is what they used not sure, Just know it is a yellow pipe that resembles pex. maybe some could enlighten me on the correct term of the pipe. well any way when they switch over they disconnect the old pipe from the street, where they connect the new pipe.
I'm to very curious about what it is. yes dig and see if its connected to a pex type of pipe. BOB.


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Old 10-08-2008, 06:34 PM   #17
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I come from the school of call before you dig. If that's been there for many years, as it appears then I'd wait an hear what the Gas people can tell you. You don't know how thin walled (rusted) that pipe is underground. I'd tell them I'm concerned about how rusty it is and if it's pressureized. You don't need a leaky pipe that a spark can ignite on you property.

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Old 10-08-2008, 06:49 PM   #18
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have to agree with the call before you dig, here they didn't charge to come out, give'em a call, they might answer over the phone but at least have someone stop by, as you mentioned, could some day pop it by mistake.
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:23 AM   #19
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No continuity between the mystery pipe and the gas main. So they are not connected. I need to go out in the day light and look at some ohm readings. Any suggestions on what to look for?

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Old 10-09-2008, 06:28 AM   #20
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That's about all you can do with the ohm meter. Your next steps are to check your neighboors setup and from there either call the gas company or dig carefully around the 1/2 inch pipe. In my area, the gas company wants me to call if I suspect something is wrong with the pipes on my property. They will send a technician out and there's no charge.
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Whatever the mystery pipe is, it is NOT the Emergency Gas Shut Off. I have one of those in my yard and it looks nothing like that. Its round and flat, sort of like a tin of cat food. There's a hole in it and the guy from the gas company sticks a long "T" shaped metal pole into the hole to shut off the gas in an emergency. Every home in my neighborhood has one. They are usually near the street/curb area or on the edge of the front lawn (near the public sidewalk). They would NOT be so close to the gas meter. The Shutoff in my yard is painted a bright orange/yellow color and I believe it has a flat cover to keep ground out of it.

At the moment We Energies is busy installing Emergency Shut Offs in people's front yards who do not have them. I've seen the round holes they drilled in the lawns of some neighborhoods and those holes had confused me for awhile, as I coudn't figure out what they were for. I just presumed everyone already had one, but they didn't.

My indoor gas meter has an old Side Branch attached. It used to run to the home next door to me and the old sign is still in my basement. The old pipes are still underground, too, running between the two houses (although they are not in use).

Could it be a vent? I know there is a vent on the outside front of my house near my gas meter. Do you have a vent near it? Mine is a weird little plastic pipe that curves. I admit I don't know what the vent is for, but it has been there for ages (since the 60s at least if not older). We are both in Wisconsin so... Could your vent be covered to keep water out? Anyway, I presume my plastic pipe is a vent.

Are you sure the thing is a pipe and not just something that got buried there over time? People do like to stick stuff in their yards or they drop stuff or it gets blown there...? Leaves fall and in time turn into ground. Squirrels bury stuff, too.

You should call your Gas Company to look at it, to be on the safe side.
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Don't go poking at gas lines on the street side of the meter. That's why you pay that utility bill every month and curiousity killed the cat, and in the case of gas, well, see for yourself. I was a mile away from this last spring in Bozeman Montana man+gas+explos&aqi=g4&fp=q07gBlqSm5s

Whatever your stub is, if it is pressurized, that's just one more thing to eventually start a serious leak thru corrosion or by getting whacked with equipment, so yeah, I'd deal with it.

First, I would spray down all the connections I could get at above ground, both inside and outside the house, with soapy water to check for leaks. (A leak will blow little bubbles)

Then, whether I found a suspected leak or not, I'd request the utility to inspect the meter. It's there equipment, and they're responsible for it (at least in my area).

It's ok to poke at some sleeping dogs. Gas? Not on the street side of the meter. NEVER. Don't touch 'em.
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:14 PM   #23
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I'd have to agree with the theory of an old gas line that has been replaced, but I have a question on your gas metering set-up. Where is the moisture/dirt trap? Maybe you don't use them in your area but down here we do. It would be a piece of pipe, usually twelve (12) inches long teed into the line just before the meter, going straight down and capped on the end. This would be to catch and moisture or dirt that may get into the gas line and keep it out of the meter and your home. Being as it is on the suppliers side of the meter it would be theirs to maintain. Thanks, David
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:39 AM   #24
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I have said this many times in this forum. Don't fool around with gas!!!! call your local gas company have them hook up a locator to the pipe and they can tell you exactly where it goes and if it is active.


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