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Old 11-03-2010, 12:34 PM   #1
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Long story short - plumber was doing a plumbing job, started taking too long and was going to get billed extra, so I told him I'll take care of the remaining work (finding the gas leak and fastening the rest of the lines). Gas leak is found and I was securing the lines. I'm ready for inspection and was wondering how does the securing on the lines look. My main concern is that I don't want it to look amateur and raise any flags:

1 1/2" x 12" clamp on a 1" gas line. I used the water line insulation jacket, cut a ring and used that to fill the gap. It works, but will this pass. I can't find a damn 1" clamp, but will continue to search. For the record, the clamp is not pulling the gas line down at all




To the left of that clamp is this one metal plumbrs strap (which I'm beginning to think its excessive with all these tie downs in one area and I also don't like the sharp edges on it):



To the left of that:


This will all be boxed in after it passes inspection. Maybe there is no such thing as too many straps.
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Old 11-03-2010, 02:32 PM   #2
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You are kidding right?
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Old 11-03-2010, 02:40 PM   #3
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My suggestion...shut the gas off at the meter and rip all that CSST out and repipe it with black iron.

Three reasons. First, that is unsafe and dangerous the way it is. That sharp edged strapping could eventually cut through the CSST.
Secondly, if you are going to enclose that flexible line you are violating code unless you use appropriate protection for that thin wall tube.
Third, it's not only unsafe the way it's run, but it's just plain ugly. Why is it coming out of the tee at an angle?
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Great. No I'm not kidding, can you be more specific.

There is no gas on right now, need to pass inspection first.

I figured on the sharp edges being a problem. In that case can I use pastic strapping or I can eliminate it all together. And the overisized clamp with foam, is that permissible or not. I dont like it either but if its OK to pass then I'll stick with it.

Why is it coming out at that angle, I don't know, I didn't run it. I'm not exactly thrilled about it but it holds pressure fine.


CSST will be enclosed. Where the T is there is no way it can be penetrate by any nails/screws/etc. Rest of it will be boxed out.
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:05 PM   #5
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Another question - Can the 1 1/2 x 12 clamp be secured around the actual T. It would fit snug around that since it is too big for the CSST.



RUnning it with black piping is too late at this point. Im hoping this passes and this mess is over and after inspection I can have someone else do work as needed.
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Use the suggestions offered. Rip it all out back to meter call a gas pro and have it all reinstalled properly in black pipe and the right hangers. Get your money back from the guy who did most of the work.
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Yep, that be hack work to the nth degree of hackness. Tear it out and do it right or go Boom
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I appreciate the suggestions. Unfortunately, I'm certainly not getting my money back in the least bit. It's already getting cold and there really is no turning back now, if I don't go forward, I won't have heat or hot water (in NJ) for several more weeks.

The metal straps are going and I'm going to a plumbing supply store to get the right size clamps. I looked again at the picture and it definitely makes the one line look more so on an angle than it is in reality (but I wont deny, it is on an angle).

Despite all of this, will it PASS INSPECTION as is. Everything holds air fine, but visually, will it pass? Again I realize this may not be the best install, but what can I do from here to ensure the best?
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:20 AM   #9
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hard to say, depends on the inspector but none around here would pass that mess, and even if you did get one to pass it, do you really want that? What kind of licensed plumber would do that crappy a job. You should check and see if he even has a license and beyond that, call the plumbers licensing board and report him for doing sub standard work.
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Wonder what your neighbors would think if they knew next door was a big BOMB !!!!!
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Well, that looks terrible. The output is mess and this won't pass at safety measures rules. To improve the project plan make sure that the workers are licensed, avoid acquaintances to help you do this kind of project, to make it better allow the home owner to do some background check first.
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