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Old 02-09-2016, 03:42 PM   #1
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Gas line leak in attic


Yesterday I was up I my attic sealing some hvac ducts and I smelled a little gas.
So this afternoon I put a little leak detection fluid on some parts and bingo, we have a winner.
Anyone have a light??

Looking at the pictures, you think it's just the sealant?
Is this something I can do??

Home was built in 2006.
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Old 02-09-2016, 03:50 PM   #2
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You have turned off the gas, right? Or called the power company?
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Wow. Thats a leaker for sure. Good thing you found it. Turn gas off for sure.

It looks like something you can do. Take apart redoped_taped threads and tightened down. Check for leaks.

If those threads are rusted out on that regulator, that may have to be replaced as well.
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geez, all that yellow stainless crap..I would go around and check ALL the fitting joints for leaks...since there are no normal unions and the only way to disassemble is to take apart the brass joints that also hold the flexible gas line, you might want to call a licensed plumber...its tricky stuff to work with..
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Well there's a explosion waiting to happen.
And there's a light switch right below to make sure there's going to be a spark.
Running 4, gas appliance off of one 1/2" line, hmm.
Not getting the logic of having two shut off valves on both sides of the regulator and no union to remove it.
No shuts offs to each appliance?
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Well there's a explosion waiting to happen.
And there's a light switch right below to make sure there's going to be a spark.
Running 4, gas appliance off of one 1/2" line, hmm.
Not getting the logic of having two shut off valves on both sides of the regulator and no union to remove it.
No shuts offs to each appliance?
it probably higher pressure so they can run the 1/2 inch line to feed the other 4..thats why the regulator is there...a cheap way of not using proper sized pipe...also looks like many of those gas lines are not supported properly either...
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Yeah, just what I want to do tomorrow, find a license plumber to fix this.
I'm not a fan of my gas setup either, but I just bought the home and obviously there are some things to fix.
Hopefully this is the only leak and it's a quick and easy fix.
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Yeah, just what I want to do tomorrow, find a license plumber to fix this.
I'm not a fan of my gas setup either, but I just bought the home and obviously there are some things to fix.
Hopefully this is the only leak and it's a quick and easy fix.
yeah..no..you just jinxed yourself by saying that...,,peace of mind I would get someone in to access that mess and see what else could be wrong...
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And cut the gas off until they show up.
Just not something to let go.
House go boom, not a pretty site.
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An recommendations for a licensed plumber in the Dallas, tx area?
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If it was my house I'd be calling my gas company not a plumber and getting on there 24/7 emergincy # and telling them I have a gas leak.
You would need a plumber that also had a gas licence.
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Atmos gas will turn off the gas, but then tell you to hire a licensed plumber to fix the leak.
They won;t do it unless the leak is outside on 'their side' of the line.
My leak is on my side of the line, so my responsibility.
Even the damn home warranty won't touch it.
So licensed plumber it is.
Also, to get it turned back on I will need to have a city inspector come out and look at the whole set-up and make sure everything is up to code and it all has to be fixed before they will give a green light to turn it back on......
No more gas hot water heater or furnace.
Fun....
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Your troubles are a great example of how one problem leads to another. But with this one, whatever it costs to get it fixed right is a small price compared to the alternative. Pat yourself on the back.

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Thanks, everything will work out. Just 'Murphy's Law' of home ownership, I guess everything will break eventually.....
I am glad that I have been in the attic though working on sealing my flexible ducts. I had a damn lighter and my smoke pen in my bag of many tools and then I noticed the gas smell when I was close to the attic hatch where the gas lines are.....
So yes, I'm happy I found it, but we will see what the final verdict is, of repairs, etc......
If I wasn't a DIYer no telling what could of happened......
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Atmos gas will turn off the gas, but then tell you to hire a licensed plumber to fix the leak.
They won;t do it unless the leak is outside on 'their side' of the line.
My leak is on my side of the line, so my responsibility.
Even the damn home warranty won't touch it.
So licensed plumber it is.
Also, to get it turned back on I will need to have a city inspector come out and look at the whole set-up and make sure everything is up to code and it all has to be fixed before they will give a green light to turn it back on......
No more gas hot water heater or furnace.
Fun....
if you dont want to deal with the town and inspectors, dont call the gas company, just shut it of your self and hire a licensed plumber..
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