We recently took out an outdated gas insert and looking to have a simple decorative firebox.
As a temporary measure I put a metal screw cap with some yellow Teflon tape on the gas pipe in the firebox.
The gas pipe goes down to the basement where it connects to flexible piping before connecting back to the black gas line (the tap is closed).
From what I have read I just need to unscrew where the flexible piping connects to the black gas line and place the cap there instead.
It's a 100-year old home so there isn't a gas shutoff valve inside the property, just at the meter instead. I'd prefer not to mess with that valve unless required.
- Is this something an amateur can do safely?
- Is it reasonable to not have the gas supply to the house turned off, or is that asking for trouble?
If the answer is to get a gas technician in then so be it, but if it's a simple job I can safely do in a few minutes then even better.