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Should I replace two 75-gallon (gas) water heaters in series with a tankless heater?

We live in the Midwest in a large home that was built 20 years ago. At the time, we installed two 75-gallon gas water heaters, and the plumber did this in series, not parallel That is the correct way ...
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How can I verify that a gas clothes dryer only needs a belt repair?

As part of a house purchase? Make your offer on the house assuming you'll need to buy a new dryer, and this one is total junque that will need to be hauled away. It adds negative value in the current ...
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Is it safe to transport a gas water heater lying down?

I recently purchased a direct-vent water heater, and after consulting the salesperson I learned that certain markings on the carton indicate which sides are acceptable for transport. Every unit will ...
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Should I replace two 75-gallon (gas) water heaters in series with a tankless heater?

Option (0) would appear to be to "address this" by fixing the defective installation, without replacing anything major, since it's very likely an installation problem or a simple part ...
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Kenmore Elite range safe to use after melting LED bulb?

You'll need to heat the plastic enough to soften it, then unscrew the remaining bulb parts. Turn off the breaker before that second step. As long as plastic remains in the oven it'll stink and could ...
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Is it safe to transport a gas water heater lying down?

A water heater can be transported laying on its side, as long as it's not violently bounced or rattled. I would keep it in any packaging if possible until it's being installed. I called a plumber ...
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Doping threaded gas pipes -- which threads are the "last" threads?

It's been awhile since I worked with gas pipe, but my understanding was that your area marked as (1) are the last 2 threads. The reason is so there is no ribbon or tape hanging off the threads that ...
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What is a safe procedure for removing natural gas pipe after full service disconnect (meter removed, house intake capped)?

Any pressure in the pipes disappeared instantly when the meter was removed. Disconnected gas piping poses no special hazards, it can be removed and disposed of just like any other steel piping. Any ...
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Should I replace two 75-gallon (gas) water heaters in series with a tankless heater?

A completely different cause (unrelated to the water heaters) might be failed anti-scald valves in one or more of various fixtures around the house. Due to design of such valves, the fixture does not ...
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Are unions considered harmful to plumbing?

The IFGC doesn't allow unions in concealed spaces because of their leaking proneness. See the IFGC's 404.5 commentary. You're right to try avoiding their use, but you're not describing a concealed ...
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Kenmore Elite range safe to use after melting LED bulb?

One important point first: Turn off the power while cleaning up. You're likely to be poking metal tools into the light fitting which, depending on where you live and how your oven is built, will have ...
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Is it safe to transport a gas water heater lying down?

Radical suggestion: Ask the manufacturer how to transport it safely in a minivan? I would bet most purchased by consumers get brought home that way, and the manufacturer can probably tell you what ...
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Is my plan to extend a kitchen gas line reasonable?

Your plan is fine, but you won't find a 13' pipe. Just add 8 feet to the existing 5' pipe (or use 10' and 3' pipes). Rectorsealâ„¢ is a brand name, not a product. You'll want to use "pipe joint ...
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How can I verify that a gas clothes dryer only needs a belt repair?

Assume the dryer is worthless and evaluate the home purchase without it in the mix. "Works but needs to be fixed" tells me it doesn't work. The fact that the dryer vent isn't hooked up means ...
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What is a safe procedure for removing natural gas pipe after full service disconnect (meter removed, house intake capped)?

Normal atmosphere is at 15 PSI. Most pressures are measured relative to that. If you dive down in water, your pressure increases at about 1 PSI per 2 feet of dive. This becomes an expression called ...
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What is the ideal connection to reduce 3/4" gas pipe to 3/8" gas pipe for a natural gas grill?

From the photo, it looks like you need a simple MIP-to-MIP adapter. From 3/4" to 3/8". Those exist everywhere like at Home Depot and other places. MIP to MIP
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How can I verify that a gas clothes dryer only needs a belt repair?

Inspection of the old belt might give some clues to its failure. An old belt that is stretched too much is probably the belt. A belt that is worn in one spot might mean something else is wrong also. ...
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Alternatives to propane delivery

There are two factors at odds with each other. One is that you must use a sufficiently large propane tank so that the vaporization of the liquid can keep pace with the demand even in the coldest ...
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Is my plan to extend a kitchen gas line reasonable?

Not a complete answer but some details to pay attention to (I did something similar, though with a plumber): Put the valve in the kitchen where it will be most useful. Use standoffs to attach the ...
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Is my plan to extend a kitchen gas line reasonable?

For what it's worth, I think you could use CSST (yellow flex pipe, not to be confused with Flexible Appliance Connectors, which also flexes and is yellow) from the existing pipe. I'm not familiar with ...
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Potential gas leak under garden path - who is responsible for fixing?

I called the emergency gas people who came to inspect the site and they couldn't detect a leak, luckily. The man told me that had there been a leak, it would have been classed as damage so would have ...
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How does this stove gas valve work?

These valves are simple in operation> If the handle is inline with the pipe then it is open, If the handle is "across" the pipe then the valve is closed. The valve itself is a ball with a ...
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How to measure gas usage by appliance

Stove usage will be peanuts. We had neighbours who had standard gas range (4 burners and oven) that they ran off a pair of 100 lb propane tanks. They would go weeks to months between tank trips. ...
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Soft black specks coming out of the bathroom hot tap

I had a similar issue in my bathtub (black specks that smeared) and ended up determining it was an O-ring that had gotten old and started degrading. Replaced it and no problems since. Perhaps you have ...
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Potential gas leak under garden path - who is responsible for fixing?

Prior to the meter is usually the responsibility of the supplier. There is an emergency number to contact and they will find the source of the leak. That will determine the ultimate responsibility for ...
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Is my plan to extend a kitchen gas line reasonable?

If this was in the UK, then the work you are planning would be illegal. Only qualified (Corgi registered) gas engineers are allowed to make changes to gas pipes.
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GE Gas stove faulty rubber on regulator, can I repair this with teflon or pipe-dope?

Do not use hacks to fix gas fittings. Report the damage/defect to GE and your gas authority, and get a proper replacement.
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Safety of swapping natural gas grill quick connect

It should be very safe for you to DIY it. Just get some of the yellow PTFE tape made specially for gas for the fitting. The pressure on nat gas is only a few PSI so don't over tighten it. To be ...
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Are unions considered harmful to plumbing?

Unions are fine. You see them in plumbing work all the time. It's impossible to plumb some items without a union. What you want to avoid is unnecessary unions. If there's a way to plumb it with fewer ...
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What type of connectors do natural gas BBQs have and what's needed to modify existing stub-out?

The female quick-connect (stub-out) seems to be 3/8" Your male disconnect (hose) seems to be 1/2" Pick one and replace it. My recommendation is to replace the quick-connect with a 1/2" ...
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