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I recently had a contractor move my stove's gas shutoff valve into a cabinet. He used a gas range connector to connect the new shutoff valve to my stove. The connector is routed down through the crawl space and back up before coming out the wall behind my stove.

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The more I think about it the more I feel that this is wrong. There is only about 2 feet of pipe left and with cabinets on both sides of my stove, it makes it very difficult to connect/disconnect the stove. My contractor had to crawl over the stove after connecting it.

The warning label on the connector also says it can't be reused. If I ever change my stove or disconnect it, I'll need to replace the connector which will seem like a huge hassle if I have to go into my crawl space and route the connector through the wall.

I'm also reading online that it's unsafe for the gas range connector to be routed through a wall or crawl space. (Not sure if this is true)

First off, is this really an issue or am I overreacting? If it is an issue, what's the right fix?

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    That warning label is not there for fun. Call the gas company and get it looked at. Give them your contractor's info too. You DO NOT want to mess with gas. It'll blow up your house and probably kill everyone in it.
    – Nelson
    Jun 7, 2021 at 8:39
  • @Nelson LOL, the gas company isn't going to fix it for you. They'll come out, shut off your gas, and put a lock on it until the issue has been addressed. "Hey, thanks for pointing out your hazard. We're just going to shut off your supply until you're up to code. Call us back whenever, thanks!"
    – MonkeyZeus
    Jun 7, 2021 at 15:54

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I recently had a contractor move my stove's gas shutoff valve into a cabinet.

Why? Did you request this? Did they do this without permission?

I don't know if they're breaking any rules code-wise but that's up to your local inspector's discretion.

Someday when the flex line needs to be replaced then it can be disconnected inside the cabinet, routed through your crawl space, and pushed back into your kitchen so that you can move the stove away from the wall.

Is this more of a hassle? Yes. Is it against code? I don't know, the shutoff is accessible so it might be fine albeit in general you should always take precaution to install flex lines away from potential damage. The inside of a cabinet with large pots seems like a bad idea in that regard.

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    I looked it up and there are different rules for CSST vs a gas connector. CSST is a pipe equivalent so it can be routed through walls.
    – user786362
    Jun 7, 2021 at 15:37
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    @user786362 Good thought, bad execution. The back of a range should have an indent for this exact reason. Watch youtu.be/Ewsxmtn3dwk and share it with your contractor. He has created a hazard, plain and simple.
    – MonkeyZeus
    Jun 7, 2021 at 15:38
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    @user786362 I'm sorry but the contractor has created the following issues: cannot pull the stove out for easy cleaning, lost cabinet space, potential for gas line damage via pots and appliances, gas appliance connectors should not go through floors and walls for risk of abrasion and damage especially if a less informed person tries really hard to move the stove in the future. Yes, future people will absolutely pull the stove too hard before they ever attempt to realize "Hey, something is stuck, maybe I shouldn't continue pulling."
    – MonkeyZeus
    Jun 7, 2021 at 15:45
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    @manassehkatz-Moving2Codidact Watch youtu.be/Ewsxmtn3dwk for how this should have been properly done.
    – MonkeyZeus
    Jun 7, 2021 at 15:46
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    Thanks for the YouTube link. I’ll show it to the contractor.
    – user786362
    Jun 7, 2021 at 15:48

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