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Is my plan for fixing my water heater leak bad?

Here is the situation (with pics): See that pan on the bottom? The hole in it is covered by tape. So here is what I was gonna do. Is this a good idea? First. I've gone out and purchased a new pan ...
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Do I need to replace my copper gas line before installing a new dryer? Why?

Just purchased a new dryer, and when it was delivered the installer said he could not connect it to our soft copper gas line -- he said it needs to be replaced with another type before he is allowed ...
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How can this pool heater gas line be disconnected?

This is a picture of the natural gas connection going into a pool heater. The heater no longer works. I just want to remove the heater and cap the gas line. Please see the picture. I'm not sure what ...
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What could be causing an orange flame on all appliances?

I have an orange flame in all my gas appliances (gas furnace, gas water heater, and gas stove) and cannot seem to determine the cause. Background So far, I have had the gas company come out. I had ...
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What kind of wall switch is needed for a natural gas fireplace to ignite consistently?

When we moved in, our natural gas fireplace worked well: Flick the switch & it would ignite. Years later, it started acting erratically: Sometimes, the switch worked, other times, no luck. We'd ...
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Why is a gas furnace vented but a gas dryer is not?

I live in a house in Ohio and I have four appliances powered by natural gas: furnace, water heater, dryer, and kitchen range. Of these, only the furnace and water heater are vented to the outside of ...
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Why would all pizeoelectric plugs spark when igniting just one gas stove burner?

When trying to ignite a single burner on a 2012 model gas stove, all 5 of the piezoelectric plugs start to spark. Once the chosen burner lights and I adjust the flame all the plugs stop sparking. ...
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How can I eliminate the smell of gas and smoke when burning my new gas fireplace?

Yet another question in my long running series of new house questions. I closed recently on a newly constructed house and in my final walk through with the project manager he demonstrated how the gas ...
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Is a special outlet or wiring needed when replacing an electrical outlet under a gas fireplace.?

The outlet under our gas fireplace that runs the blower fan has a short in it, and needs to be replaced. I have replaced a few standard wall outlets and was thinking of doing this one myself too, but ...
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How do I determine whether a permit is required for a new gas line?

I would like to have an exterior gas line installed (for a grill) and an exterior frost-proof faucet (so it's closer to my garden). I had a plumber come out and his quote came back "Any permit by ...
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Best way to vent gas from gas lines in preparation for opening gas line

I understand how this will be perceived by some since I’m not a licensed plumber. However, I’m not going to pay a licensed plumber $2000 for installing gas pipe. (Yes, I did go through the effort of ...
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Split Gas Line to Gas Water Heater for Gas Dryer

I'd like to install a gas dryer by splitting the gas line that currently feeds the gas water heater. Is the solution as simple as splitting the line with a tee fitting/valve where the green arrow ...
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Is flexible gas pipe safe to use for main or long runs?

The house we purchased is a "tear-down". A builder bought the older structure, partially tore it down and built a bigger house on the old footprint. A lot of the original gas piping is still in the ...
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Protecting CSST Through Studs - Are there no off-the-shelf solutions?

I am having a hard time meeting the protection requirements outlined in the manufacturer's specifications. I'm installing HomeFlex CSST in California - California's plumbing code defers to the ...
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Gas stove whines/hums - is this a safety concern?

I am located in the United States and have a natural gas (not LP) range in my kitchen fed by a natural gas utility. Sometimes when I turn on my range, the appliance makes a whining or humming noise. ...
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Can I tap into this main gas line for my natural gas grill?

see below... This is my main gas line coming into my home(after the meter of course) My question: Can I replace the street elbow here with a T and use the extra output as the source my natural gas ...
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Gas company decided to shut off gas due to leak from backfeed

I decided to call Nicor Gas this morning, because I smelled some gas around the meters. They sent a technician out promptly, and found that there was a pipe pushing gas out the house from the same one ...
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How to support outdoor gas pipe?

I'm planning on installing a natural gas pool heater. I want to have a 1-1/4" black iron pipe exit the house where it will run for about 5ft to the heater which will then be reduced to 3/4". I don't ...
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Why do the oven and burners work but the pilot light won't ignite?

Texas Gas Service turned off our gas for the weekend. We just got it turned back on, and the stove and oven will both light -- but the pilot lights won't. They worked fine before Friday. Obviously ...
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Can I drive a ground rod near a gas meter?

I am redoing the electrical in my 1940s house. The house has no grounding electrodes but the meter and panel are grounded to my water pipe outside in the front of the house. (This actually looks like ...
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Furnace: are flames in between the tubes bad?

In a Carrier Weathermaker 8000 gas furnace, is it normal for some of the flames to be coming out of the spacers in between the tubes? It seems like they shouldn't be there, since they aren't going ...
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oven repair, is it possible the gas line is clogged?

Mistaking a broiler for a storage drawer below the oven, my friend placed a single medium size piece of tupperware inside the broiler. Naturally it was lit on fire, and a lot of soot (and fire ...
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Why is my furnace blowing cold air?

My HEIL 7000 natural gas furnace has stopped working what are the most likely causes, and how to verify faulty parts? Normal operation routine Thermostat sends "need heat" signal. Exhaust blower ...
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Brand new stove burners won't light

I have a brand new Samsung NX58H5600 series free-standing gas range with five stovetop burners. The unique oval-shaped center burner works without issue. But none of the four "normal" burners will ...
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What materials are fake coals for gas fireplaces made of?

My new gas fireplace looks remarkably realistic! I'm curious what the "glowing embers" are made of. I have found replacement sets, but I've been having a hard time figuring out what materials ...
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How can I be sure there are no gas leaks around Gas Oven/Range Combo?

My wife was smelling gas around our gas oven/range combo, so I purchased some leak detection bubbles and a cheap gas sniffer. I soap tested everything visible around the flex line and this is what I ...
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Advice for swapping out my gas dryer myself

My (rather old) washer blew up on me a few weeks ago (Apparently it's been unbalanced for a while. Came with the place and I never thought too much of the vibration until it was too late.) and am ...
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Why does my gas water heater's pilot light go out when I replace the outer door?

I have a 9 year old Bradford White gas water heater, model MI403S6FBN4. The pilot light went out today, and when I went to re-light it, it stays lit while the pilot button is held down, and it stays ...
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How do I convert an old model propane fireplace to natural gas?

I installed a propane direct vent fireplace bought from Security Chimney International about 12 years ago. I now want to convert it to natural gas. I have phoned the company and they told me that ...
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What is causing my gas water heater to squeal?

I have a gas water heater. Starting yesterday, when the flame is on, the unit makes a squealing noise of moderate volume. The noise stops immediately when the flame turns off. This means it is not ...
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Tankless water heater requirements

I'm looking at the possibilities of replacing my water heater. Currently we have an electric, 2 element, 50 gallon tank heater that is 32 years old and almost ready to go. The water can sometimes come ...
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How to replace siding through gas pipes

I am looking for the easiest, fastest way to replace siding in a wall where the outside gas pipe is coming into the home. My assumption is that I'll need to turn off the gas, replace the pipe, ...
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Is this stuff in my furnace toxic?

I am in the process of removing an old coal furnace. after removing the natural gas conversion kit I now see some type of loose filler or insulation which was present around the conversion kit pipe. ...
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Converting from Oil to Gas heat. Any recommendations?

I've received news that I'll need to get a new boiler. My wife and I want to take this opportunity to switch to natural gas from oil. I'm a technical guy, but I'm having trouble deciphering the power ...
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What alternatives are there to a gas boiler for private house?

I am looking for gas boiler alternatives for private house. At this moment I have found solid fuel boiler as replacement of gas one. Could someone suggest any alternative to gas technology or other (...
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Is it safe to replace a Furnace pressure switch with a different one?

So I had some problem with my gas furnace and a technician came by to install a new one but it doesn't have the same rating and only has one tube instead of two. He assures me it's fine but I thought ...
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Ecobee 3 with two stage furnace

I have an Ecobee 3 and a Keeprite two-stage gas furnace. The furnace is currently configured to control its own staging system but I'm curious what would be the advantage of reconfiguring to have the ...
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Can natural gas go stale in the pipe?

Any natural gas experts out there? Any time I am away from home for two days or longer, my stove takes 30 seconds to light. After that it works fine day after day after day! Another similar problem ...
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gas line location for natural gas clothes dryer

In the US, what are the usual code requirements governing where you can put a gas clothes dryer relative to the gas line, and governing length and clearance for the flexible gas line between wall and ...
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Where is my gas shutoff valve for my stove or do I need to have one installed?

I am getting a gas stove delivered to replace my existing one. I am in a condominium unit, but I don't see a gas shutoff valve, there are ones for the water inside of my unit. I thought it may be this ...
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Natural gas line sizing with generator addition

I am looking at installing a standby generator that uses ~320cfh of natural gas. My utility company said I will have to have a bigger meter installed as I already have ~250cfh of potential usage with ...
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What kind of air conditioner system do I have?

I know this site says 'DIY', but if this question belongs somewhere else, let me know which site is appropriate for this question. Thank you. At the beginning of this month, I had a Coleman air ...
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bending 1/4" natural gas tubing

I'm going to install a new tube for my pilot light gas supply. Should I consider using a tubing bender, or is that just silly? I can bend it easily by hand, but I don't want to risk kinks. I can get ...
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Have these cuts for a gas line structurally compromised my studs?

We are in the midst of a kitchen remodel and yesterday had someone come and run a new gas line as we are making the switch from an electric to a gas range. This fellow is a well rated pro but I'm ...
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How should I protect a gas line in a closet?

What is the best way to protect and hide a gas line that runs along the side wall of an open (no door) closet? It sits about 2” off the ground and is 1” away from the wall. Since it’s an open closet I ...
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Will a 2 PSI natural gas line be sufficient for a tankless water heater?

I'm planning on installing a tankless water heater that maxes at 160K Btu. I only have a 1/2" line from the meter to the furnace(75K) in the same room. The city told me that there is 2lb gas from ...
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Natural Gas Furnace Installation Shut off valve Direction

The furnace installation directions specifies a shutoff valve with a 1/8" NTP plugged hole for test gauge. I bought this valve and am ready to assemble the pipes but I am uncertain about which side of ...
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Should my stove's spark plugs all fire at once?

I bought a second hand Bosch gas cooktop/stove and when I test its igniter - without having connected it to a gas supply, it only seem to spark for a single burner. If I move its igniter module wires ...
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Can a thermocouple be partially bad?

My hot water tank pilot light would go out. I could relight it and the burner would come on and heat up the water tank, but then later on, I would find there was no hot water again and find that the ...
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Pipes vented to patio

I have gas pipes being vented into a fenced in patio area. 3 years ago , I called the fire department as the gas meter inside was reading too high as I was getting dizzy. I can no longer open the ...