Background context: As executor, I'm in the process of selling my late father's house. I have an offer pending; following the home inspection, the prospective buyers have submitted a list of concerns they would like to see addressed, along with corresponding sums of money they'd like to have knocked off the agreed-upon purchase price. Some of their cost estimates / requests are not altogether unreasonable, some ... not so much.
There is one item on the list I'm having trouble evaluating. The inspector noted that the copper gas line feeding a gas fireplace was not protected as it passed through the metal casing of the fireplace. See photo below from the inspector's report.
So, I agree that this is an issue, and I'm willing to address it. But how "easy" a fix is this?
Can I just wrap some kind of approved protective sleeve around the copper pipe over a short length spanning the opening? Would wrapping it with ROXUL or some similar fire-rated insulation work? Does the protection have to be on the copper pipe, or could I, for example, put some kind of plastic/foam protection around the sharp edges of the metal casing for the fireplace?
Or is this something that will require a more involved/less DIY-friendly fix? (E.g., the gas line has to be disconnected, a metal sheath added, and the gas line reconnected.)
I guess my question is ultimately -- is this a DIY type fix requiring $25 in materials and a healthy dose of profanity, or is this something requiring a professional at a cost on the order of a couple hundred dollars (figuring "dispatch fees" and all the other usual overhead)?
House is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Any and all comments or suggestions welcome.