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Old 07-28-2009, 11:26 PM   #16
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I would strongly re-consider the use of CSST throughout your house. We had our house built about 8 years ago and last week it burned to the ground. A tree in our backyard was struck by lightning and a feeder from that hit the roof of our house. The feeder struck the gas line (which was magnetized by CSST) and the gas line served as a blow torch and totally burnt our house. We had 4000 square feet and we lost everything. Once the insurance adjustor was out and very quickly saw the gas lines hanging in the burned out structure of the house (Gastite was the manufacturer of the CSST), they filed a lawsuit immediately. Cities in Texas have banned the CSST. We live in an area that is predominately known for lightning and apparently CSST is a magnet for these weather conditions. 2 different fire marshalls recommended black piping over the CSST. They both described CSST as lightning magnets inside your home.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:43 AM   #17
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Sorry to hear that...I lost everything in 1989....so I know what you're going through...I hope everyone is safe. Do you know if the gas line was grounded?
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This issue is new to me so I really appreciate all the info. Two comments. Grounding gas pipes certainly won't hurt but I doubt it will help much in a ightning strike, lightning-strike currents are way too high to bleed off via a ground. Also, I wouldn't think that rubber insulation between the wires and gas lines is what you want. This is arcing, not current leakage. Something really fire proof, like Hardie board, would I think accomplish more.

At my cabin, I run copper pipe from my propane tanks to the cook top and reefer. Next time I'm there I'll make sure it's not running along side any wiring.
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prevents arcing.
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