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Old 05-06-2009, 05:53 PM   #1
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My son just moved into a house,and when the gas co. came out to turn on the gas, they wouldn't light the water tank because a valve wasn't up to code. Can I buy this valve and replace it myself? If so, can someone instruct me on how to do it? Thanks!
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What wasn't up to code with it? How old is the water heater? May be more cost effective just to replace the complete unit rather than replace the valve.

I have never just replace the valve, although I pulled them off out of curiosity after pulling an old heater out. It is not really that hard. When reinstalling make sure you use gas tek or a similar product to check for gas leaks.

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I wasn't there, but it's my understanding that it's the connection valve, they said the same thing about the stove hook up and the dryer hook up. I think he said it was an I-valve.
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Not familiar with the I-valve, could it be possibly you are missing the drip leg right before the gas valve?
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must be talking about a ball valve type gas cock or shut off for the gas. I can't tell you if it's a DIY or not. How much experence do you have with working with gas ? If you have none . Things could go very wrong for you
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I don't know of any I valves that are gas rated. Lots of hydronic ones though. It would need to be replaced with a gas rated ball valve.
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as i posted in another post gas is nothing to fool with call someone who knows what they are doing and qualified to work on gas pipe.
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Could they have been talking about the shut-off valves? Old ones need a wrench to operate, the new ones can be closed by hand (I think that's code now).
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Could they have been talking about the shut-off valves? Old ones need a wrench to operate, the new ones can be closed by hand (I think that's code now).


Yes, gas rated ball cocks are code for gas
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as i posted in another post gas is nothing to fool with call someone who knows what they are doing and qualified to work on gas pipe.
While I agree you must use care when dealing with gas pipes; let face it, it is still just basic plumbing.

Just make sure the gas is off and check very carefully for leaks once the job is complete.

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