I had my local gas service company disconnect my house from the gas service line. They offered to remove the meter for me and cap the house intake pipe, which I accepted. So to be clear, the service meter has been removed from my property and the house intake pipe is capped.
I didn't turn off any pilot lights and I tried running my gas dryer yesterday (it didn't warm up). Because I didn't turn off the pilot lights, my working reasoning is that any remaining gas pressure should have been relieved by the pilot lights burning out over the past several weeks.
I need to remove a significant chunk of gas pipe to proceed with another project on the house. I realize that the most reasonable thing to do is hire a contractor to do this for me. But I'd rather not pay someone to do it if it's a reasonably safe thing for me to do myself. With that in mind, I have a few questions for anyone who might be more knowledgeable about this stuff than me.
- Is the reasoning that there is no excess pressure in my capped natural gas pipe sound?
- Is it safe to remove the pipe one section at a time moving from appliance caps toward the service intake end? Is there a recommended procedure? (eg, cap each section as you go at both ends)
- Is there a generally safe venting procedure to let out excess unpressurized gas?
- Are there any pipe handling / disposal best practices for used gas pipe? - My anxious self imagines all kinds of unsafe impurities or additives remaining in the pipe even after the gas is properly vented.
- Anything I should be asking? (aside from introspection around what makes me so stubborn that i don't want to hire an experienced person to do this)