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Old 03-10-2016, 09:01 PM   #31
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OP has a shut off at the bbq box, before the appliance according to code. There is also one at the meter if that one isn't accessible due to whatever reason. Would adding another one hurt? No, of course not. Is it absolutely necessary and MUST the installers have installed one? No, of course not. On the off chance that a gas line gets damaged, OP can just shut off the meter. Shutting down the other appliances is an inconvenience, but above ground gas lines are so infrequently damaged that he likelihood of being inconvenienced are slim. I respond to gas emergencies for a living, and rarely does this happen. Everyone should keep a wrench by their gas meter and no how to shut it off.

If you have a propane bbq, there is nowhere to add another shutoff valve. You could add a longer hose and keep the tank far away from the bbq, or... Don't bbq so close to the house and/or keep a fire extinguisher nearby! Propane bbq's aren't nearly as safe as natural gas ones and it seems like there is at least one fire caused by one every year where I live.
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So I should definitely call them on it eh?
No, that should have been done when the gas fitter determined he wanted to run it his way, without good reason, rather than your way.

Now either run it yourself or hire another fitter.
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OP has a shut off at the bbq box, before the appliance according to code. There is also one at the meter if that one isn't accessible due to whatever reason. Would adding another one hurt? No, of course not. Is it absolutely necessary and MUST the installers have installed one? No, of course not. On the off chance that a gas line gets damaged, OP can just shut off the meter. Shutting down the other appliances is an inconvenience, but above ground gas lines are so infrequently damaged that he likelihood of being inconvenienced are slim. I respond to gas emergencies for a living, and rarely does this happen. Everyone should keep a wrench by their gas meter and no how to shut it off.

If you have a propane bbq, there is nowhere to add another shutoff valve. You could add a longer hose and keep the tank far away from the bbq, or... Don't bbq so close to the house and/or keep a fire extinguisher nearby! Propane bbq's aren't nearly as safe as natural gas ones and it seems like there is at least one fire caused by one every year where I live.
code by me is that any gas line exiting the house will have a shutoff in the house and one by the appliance...so if the gas line outside is damaged you can isolate it..for the small cost of a valve..its a no brainer..
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