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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

I'm trying to install this GE gas range, so I attached everything and tightened all the nuts. Unfortunately, there's gas leaking at the base of the stove (where the flare connects to the stove). I ...
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I ran out of propane and now the water heater pilot light will not stay lit

I had run out of propane. Now that I have propane, I can’t get the pilot light to stay lit on my water heater, nor will it stay lit even long enough to light the burner. Click for larger view:   ...
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What is this pipe thread compound on my LP regulator fitting?

I'm replacing a faulty regulator on my gas grill. When removing the old regulator, I noticed there appears to be some sort of compound on the threads. Here is a picture of the threads with the old ...
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What are the requirements on buried propane lines?

I haven't been able to find online references to the rules, and I don't own a code book. We have a 300 gallon propane tank, with 5/8" copper line going to a standby generator and into the house for a ...
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Why would a patio heater slowly die out over time?

I have a propane (not LP) patio heater similar to this one... using a 20-lb. propane tank... I have an issue where the flame will slowly die down over a period of time. Let's say within 30 minutes ...
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LP for gas stove

I am trying to hook up a 40# LP tank to my house to supply my gas stove. I have the LP conversion kit installed and piping installed and inspected to the the exterior. Can I just use flexible piping ...
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What is the most affordable equipment required for brazing?

I'd like to have an economical brazing torch for small jobs. I've been reading that propane & air is the new acetylene or mapp for brazing. This item on Grainger mentions propane/air as the fuel,...
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Underground Propane line to fire pit

I'm building a propane fire pit in my backyard patio with a pea stone surface. I want to have the LP tank located 12 feet away from the fire, and I don't want to trip over the line. What can I do ...
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How to run an interior gas (LP) line

I need to run a gas (LP) line from outside the house to a cooktop in the kitchen. Here's what I think I need to do: drill a hole in the exterior wall and the header (from the attic) of the same wall ...
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Why won't propane come out of my nearly-new propane tank?

I bought a new propane tank (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bernzomatic-20-lb-Empty-Propane-Tank-309791/202034840) and had it filled up, then used it on two separate days to fuel a weed burner torch. ...
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If my regular propane tank for the house runs out, can I use a BBQ tank as a temporary fix?

If my regular propane tank for the house runs out can I use a BBQ tank as a temporary fix? What will I need to do this?
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What type of copper pipe do I need for a typical LP gas range?

I need to buy ~25' of copper pipe to fix our badly kinked stove line. It looks similar to (but worse than) this pic: I won't be able to measure the pipe for a couple days and the guy at Lowes wasn't ...
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Can I use 1/4 inch copper tubing with a compression needle valve to run propane to a gas light?

Can I use 1/4 inch copper tubing with a compression needle valve to run propane to a gas light? I am worried that gas would leak from the compression fitting
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Dual propane tank equalization

I recently had a second 80 gallon propane tank installed so that I would have extended run time for my 9Kw whole house generator. The second tank is connected to the first tank and to my generator, ...
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What are the code requirements for crossing a buried LPG line with an electric line?

Trenching for 1" Non-Metallic Liquidtight Conduit Type LFNC-B with 18" cover (10-3 W/G UF wire installed, 240V with 30A breaker) to serve a well. Just bumped into LPG line crossing conduit's path at ...
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Will zero pressure in a propane line cause a leak when the pressure returns

I read that the elimination of pressure in a propane line will destroy the pipe sealing compound at the treads, causing leaks. That is the reason a propane seller will require a leak test if the tank ...
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Why would the stove and broiler work, but not the oven?

I have a little 20" wide Holiday Propane Oven (Don't know the model number). Right now the oven is the only thing that is not working. The stove top, and broiler work, but the oven doesn't heat up. ...
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Does a replacement propane supply line have to be made of a special material?

One of the propane rubber hoses in a portable generator has cracked and broken in several spots while the other one is in fine condition. As a stop gap a washing machine supply line was cut and used. ...
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On demand water heater using a propane tank

I have a single wide trailer. (The main gas line blew out the back and is under code so $4,000.00 to fix it plus permits because the main need to be moved from under the Trailer). I would like to ...
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Why does my propane oven emit a chemical smell when in use?

We have a propane cook stove. Have been using it for several years. Lately we are getting a very strong unpleasant odor when using the oven. Difficult to compare the smell to anything, but not ...
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DIY pool heater - best methods? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I efficiently heat a pool? I have an in-ground pool at around 20,000 gallons and I live in the northeast (Maine). My pool gets direct sunlight for about half the day. ...
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replace 250 lb propane tank with smaller tanks in parrallel

Can I replace one 250 lb propane tank with four 50 lb tanks in parallel. The tank supplies a hot water heater and occasionally a fireplace. I can save quite a bit by taking the smaller tanks in to ...
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How to fill a 20lb BBQ Propane tank with LPG?

LPG filling stations fit forklift tank filler valve threads (1-3/4 ACME) not standard 20lb BBQ tanks threads. The 20lb BBQ threads are male 1-5/16″ ACME (OPD) threads, however most adaptors fit on the ...
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How can I connect a portable propane bottle to a tankless hot water heater?

I'm looking at a tankless hot water heater (Rinnai V65EP) with a 3/4" NPT propane input. The manual says that a 1/2" propane feed is acceptable if it is relatively short. Required gas supply pressure ...
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Gas to propane conversion in old stove

How do I go about converting this antique gas stove to run on propane? Is it possible?
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Do I need to 'burn out' the LP in the gas lines prior to swapping out an appliance?

I need to replace the flexpipe between my steel pipe and the propane insert. The one installed is too short. Alas, there wasn't a shut-off installed at the fireplace, so I needed to shut off the LP ...
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Why won't this 3/8 male connector for a natural gas dryer fit a 3/8 female connector?

First off, I changed the Natural Gas orifice to a factory ordered LP orifice, I am not just trying to hook up a LP line to a natural gas dryer without setting the dryer up correctly for LP. My ...
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Is it safe to run a propane appliance from a portable propane cylinder?

I want to install a small propane range/stove in my cabin, but don't want the hassle & expense of a giant propane tank in the yard. With the understanding that I use a regulator and the lines have ...
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Can I keep my propane tank valve open?

I just bought a new Portable Fireplace and it can contain the propane tank inside it. I also bought some firestones to put in the fire area. The only problem with this is that if I want to turn on/off ...
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New Propane Run

I just had a new propane tank installed, however before the company would put in the tank they said I needed to replace the flexible copper tubing with the appropriately sized black pipe or CSST. They ...
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Is MAPP gas actually hotter?

My hardware store sells both MAPP and propane torches. The MAPP torches claim to burn hotter. I was curious how much, so I took a look online. By this table, propane burns in air at 1967 C, while ...
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Is it normal to smell gas near a gas range?

I recently extended our LP gas line to the kitchen so I could install a gas range. Since I'm technically not a qualified professional, I had the gas company come and test the line for leaks. There was ...
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Connecting gas logs to small propane tank

I'd like to install some propane-gas based logs in my fireplace to use as an auxiliary heat source this winter. Mainly for when the power goes out (I have electric heat pump), or for very cold ...
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Can I use a 40 lb propane tank just for my central heating?

I want to know if I can use a 40 lb propane tank for my central heating. I have not tried anything. I don't want to put natural gas in, just want the propane gas. If someone can answer that, I want ...
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How can I prevent a tankless propane on-demand water heater from freezing up in very cold climates?

We are considering installing a tankless propane on-demand water heater in a residential setting, where multiple tenants use a shared bathing facility (presently served satisfactorily by a 40 gal ...
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Installing propane tank to gas range with strange copper pipe

I am replacing a gas range and the gas line that was connected to the previous range doesn't fit into any of the fittings that came with the installation kit or directly into the range (which is how ...
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Propane - Putting liquid propane in a vapor canister?

I want to get a flame-weeder, but it runs off vapor propane. The tank it comes with has a vapor valve - whatever that means. Can I go get my propane tank filled up with any propane, or do I have to ...
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How do I go from 1 copper propane line to 5 propane lines? Do they make a splitter like cable tv does? [closed]

Do they make a copper propane line splitter like cable tv. I nee to go from 1 line to 5
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propane line installation

I have a cottage in Connecticut that is gutted and being re-built. It is on a slab. There are 2" x 4" studs (stringers) lying flat over plastic on the cement floor. I wanted to install conduit now, ...
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Propane HVAC system - convert to use wood burning stove?

is it possible to remove the propane part of the HVAC and replace it with a wood burning stove? If so what would I have to change - eg the chimney etc etc?
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Can I run a gas hot water heater on propane?

I have property where I am boon-docking an airstream. I've been looking into a passive solar hot water heater design, For the holding tank I was looking at using an old hot water heater, I found a ...
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connecting bulk propane to generator

I live in a rural area and have a ~125 gallon propane tank on a concrete slab that is serviced by a mobile propane delivery company. We use it for hot water, the gas range, and our forced air heating ...
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Least complex solution connecting 20lb propane tank to 1/2" male NPT through a twin-stage regulator

I have a furnace equipped with 1/2" pipe for gas supply. The protruding pipe is male npt. The 10KBtu wall furnace expects 11-13" w.c. Are there solutions out there that go from a 20lb propane tank on ...
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BBQ: Add Propane Connection with Y Connector

I live in Western Europe, where there are two common types of gas cylinders for BBQs: butane and propane. I have a BBQ (second hand) that came with a butane bottle and regulator of 28 mbar. The BBQ is ...
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How come gas burners don't melt? [closed]

A gas burner (torch) that burns mapp gas is advertised to have a flame temperature of 2900 C. Steel melts at 1300 C. Gas burner tips are made of steel. How come they don't melt?
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Propane tank to air tank conversion

I got a new and empty big propane tank from a neighbour (he works at the propane distribution in the city) and I wanted to convert it to an air tank. I know even thought it looks like it, the tanks ...
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Short run of propane to stove and tankless WH

I have a small stove with a propane conversion kit and a 3gpm propane tankless water heater. This is for a small MIL suite ~650 sqft. Both the stove and the water heater are on the same exterior wall, ...
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Can I use a small BBQ regulator to reduce propane line pressure from 10 PSI to 11" wc?

Propane company hooked up my permanent propane line today to the garage. I told them to put a T with shutoff BEHIND the 2nd stage regulator, (for a future propane generator). But they put the T in the ...
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What could cause the blower in my furnace to come on?

Ok my blower just turned on, my propane furnace and it's not in operation due it being summer. My thermostat is set at 65 and the room temp is 78. The heater never actually fired it was only the ...
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How do I permantely plumb 5 tiki torches around my pool by placing a T on my buried propane tank which feed the pool/hot tub heater?

What is required to "T" off of my buried propane tank that feeds my pool/hot tub heater so I can permanently mount 5 tiki torches around my pool?