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Converted Oil Furnace to Natural Gas - Fuel Smell Issue

This weekend, we had our fuel oil furnace replaced with a natural gas one. The oil furnace broke near the end of the winter and we were waiting for a deal to kick in on a whole new furnace + A/C unit. ...
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Two Gas Lines Running into House

I seem to have an old underground gas pipe coming into my basement which seems to still have gas in the line, however it is not connected to my meter. I am currently digging out my mud room (on the ...
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How to tell if clothes dryer temperature control is working?

I dry all clothes on the lowest temperature setting in the natural gas dryer. This is because they dry fast and come out piping hot. But now I need to dry some clothes at a lower temperature, but I'...
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Gas line sizing for a manifold system

So I thought I understood the charts for natural gas pipe sizing but now that I have added everything up I am confused. The gas line coming from the road to the meter is only 1” line. So it doesn't ...
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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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The oven in my range has stopped heating up, but the burners still work

The oven recently stopped getting hot, but the burners still work fine. Any ideas about what might be wrong? Here's the kind of stove I have: Hotpoint® 30" Free-Standing Gas Range Here's what I ...
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Have Gas Water Heater…Wondering If It Needs to be in a Closet

I received a "gift house" from my father-in-law a few years ago. A lot of the problems have been repaired over the past few years, but I have a major one that keeps kicking my butt. The previous ...
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Adapting 3/4 gas outlet to 1/2" appliance?

One of these things is not like the other. That's a 3/4 gas outlet and a gas dryer with a 1/2" fitting. What's the best approach to making them connect? The dryer is old so I'm a bit leery of trying ...
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House and Shop on 100 AMP Service

I'm looking at buying a home that only has a 100 AMP service. I would like to have a small woodworking shop in the basement, but am worried that this will be too much for the service. While upgrading ...
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My boiler's gas burner tube is catching fire, how do I fix this?

About 1 or 2 times a week I hear a roaring flame when my boiler tuns on. I've check on it and it appears one of the boiler gas burner tubes is internally on fire (see video I took of it). What is ...
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Is it safe to replace a Furnace pressure switch with one of a different rating? [duplicate]

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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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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Measuring Incoming Gas Pressure to Stove

I have a new BlueStar Platinum range that I'm trying to hook up. I am wanting to make sure everything is connected per their instructions. They mention the following regarding the incoming gas line: ...
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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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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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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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Fireback with gas line

I have an old brick fireplace that had a gas line installed in it years ago. It works fine, but doesn't produce much heat when it's turned on (most heat goes up the chimney). I've read that a cheap ...
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Will connecting a 1/2“ natural gas line to 3/4” line for a fire pit cause issues?

I have a 3/4" natural gas line coming in to the house. Before the manifold there is a 3/4" line directly to my furnace. Also there is a manifold that splits into 4 1/2" lines that go to appliances ...
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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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California code for gas range ventilation

Is there a california code for gas range ventilation to the exterior of the house. Because I have a gas range that has a downdraft but the exhaust is hitting the wall of the the cabinet.
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Natural gas mini-tank water heaters? [closed]

I have a need for a point-of-use style mini-tank (4-10 gallons) which runs on natural gas. I see a lot of electric mini-tanks of this kind but none that run on NG or even LP. Do they exist? I cannot ...
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Just installed natural gas fire pit and now getting a whistling sound

Just installed fire pit and now getting a whistling sound in the house when fire pit on full range .I'm going to explain what type of pipe and size of pipe..... 4 years ago decided to build a outdoor ...
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Wet basement: is the gas pipe the culprit?

My basement gets water in it when it rains heavily, seemingly originating in one corner in particular. The plot it sits on can get swampy in a heavy rain. I've tried a couple of the easy solutions (...
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Test Existing Natural Gas Barbecue Line Without a Hose

I have a natural gas hookup on my back deck and want to purchase a natural gas barbecue. There is a quick connect at the hookup and a valve to turn it on, but when I turn it on I don't feel any ...
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Is It Okay To Keep Relighting The Pilot Light on A Water Heater?

My Water Heater is old and about a year ago it stopped relighting automatically. I have been putting it on vacation mode, pushing down on the knob and clicking the restart pilot light button, turn it ...
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How do you cut threads in plastic coated steel pipe?

I'm doing a home improvement project, and I want to bury 10' of 1/2" pipe. I've been to the city and understand the codes to do this legal. In my area, buried pipe has to be either plastic coated or ...
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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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Proper Gas Pipe size

I have a contractor who gave me a quote to replace a 72' outdoor gas line to a 400K BTU pool/spa. The previous line was 3/4" IPS and that is also the current line size that is coming from the Meter. ...
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How do I find gas leak behind the wall or the cabinet?

I know that you can buy a gas leak detector wand about $30 and you can scan to the pipe. However, if it's behind the wall or under the tile (You can't see the pipe). Is there anyway to check it before ...
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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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Will my gas meter accommodate the demands of a new tankless water heater?

I'm hoping to install a tankless water heater, and I'm trying to figure out if my current gas meter can handle it. So I'm trying to figure out how much gas my furnace uses. It's a Goodman ...
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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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Very odd gas furnace installation in apartment… How do I change the filter?

Here are some pictures of the installation: http://imgur.com/a/UWSyD This furnace is actually in my unit. It looks like the previous tenant or landlord just jammed a bunch of filters on both sides. I ...
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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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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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Is it ok to put a bend in the gas supply to a boiler?

I am replacing the natural gas valve on my Utica MGB-100HD boiler. Currently, the gas valve goes directly into the pipe that feeds the burners, and the valve sticks out awkwardly, encroaching on the ...
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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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Need advice on removing fireplace gas starter pipe

I have purchased a gas log kit to convert our wood-burning fireplace to a ceramic-log/gas fireplace. The fireplace currently has the following gas starter pipe in place: Using a pipe wrench, I have ...
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Gas stove burner won't shut off

I have a very old Viking Professional range in my house. The former owner told us that the front right burner wouldn't shut off one day and he was forced to adjust a screw within the knob post in ...
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How is a “ground joint union” different from any other union out there, and why are they specified for gas service?

The various documents (manuals, installation guides, etc) available for gas water heaters refer to the use of what's called a "ground joint union" between the shutoff valve and the appliance tee/drip ...
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What size and type of fitting is this?

This is the fitting connecting the copper (yes, copper tubing is OK for gas lines where I am) gas line feeding our water heater to our water heater. What size and type of fitting is it?
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Natural gas smell in house after new roof installation

We just had our roof replaced today, and I've noticed a distinct smell of natural gas at random times while walking through the house. When they were here they had large pieces of wood up against the ...
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How is heat output controlled in closed-vent gas fireplace inserts?

Comparing Empire VFRL-18 and VFRL-18-10, the former is 26k BTU while the latter is 10k BTU. The look and price are identical. My question is, can I buy the 26k BTU unit to use in my living room, but ...
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What is the ideal fitting to reduce gas line diameter from 3/4“ to 3/8”?

I purchased a gas dryer that accepts a 3/8" NPT gas fitting at the back (typical of most gas dryers, I assume). My main gas line in the wall is 3/4". Total distance from meter to gas dryer is about 15-...
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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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Can gas company determine that the gas was shut off at the meter (without sending to inspect)?

For example, let’s say the homeowner thought they smelt a gas leak inside the home, so the homeowner shuts off the gas at the meter. Would the gas company have a way to know that the gas was shut off ...
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Is replacing a natural gas cap with a quick-connect valve a task exclusively for a professional?

Is there a specialized wrench that I should use on this cap to the natural gas line? I'd like to install a quick connect valve for a barbecue hose More importantly, at the local big box store, the ...
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Is it safe to pass a natural gas hose under a wooden step, and to keep it pressurized?

Is it safe to take a flexible natural gas hose such as the one pictured and pass it under a patio's wooden stairs to reach a BBQ? Can it simply lie on the concrete under the patio? Can you ever leave ...
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Upsizing a Gas Line

I currently have a natural gas pipe coming into my house with a 1" diameter. It currently terminates after about 20' and supplies a hot water heater (33,000 BTU) and a furnace (60,000 BTU). I want ...
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What's the difference between LPG and natural gas cooktops?

I've seen a lot of cooktops, some rated to be used with LPG (liquid gas or propane) and others with natural gas. Some companies have 2 models of the same design (one for LPG and one for natural gas). ...