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How to (safely) permanently turn off natural gas?

Shut off at the meter is the main thing. Cap off the pipe. There should be a service valve on the cooker supply pipe already in the shut-off position. There's no reason to worry about the small ...
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How to (safely) permanently turn off natural gas?

should I somehow evacuate whatever leftover gas is in the lines of the house? It's not terribly difficult, just open a few ends of pipe and consider it evacuated after about an hour. Make sure you ...
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Hearing hum near natural gas gauge, should I be concerned – Pic Attached

As far as a hum the regulators sometimes wear out and need servicing so yes call them (there is normally no charge) calling in a service request like this may take a while if they don’t consider it a ...
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How to (safely) permanently turn off natural gas?

I would not take the pipes out because of the demo cost and the fact that having them available may increase the value of the home for resale. Call the gas utility and have the service turned off and ...
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Ball valve not able to control flow?

I'd use a needle valve: With this you get good flow control. Ball valves are excellent for on/off control, but for fine flow control they're very inaccurate because most of the useful positions are ...
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Ball valve not able to control flow?

Actually, you can probably control flow better with a ball valve since the handle gives a visual indication of it's position: Fully closed, 1/4 open, 1/2 open, 3/4 open, fully open. (There are ...
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What adjustments to the stove gas line so the dw will fit with the cabinets + countertop?

You typically get a small area, primarily at the bottom of the back of the dishwasher, for utility connections, including pass-through to other appliances. It will vary somewhat by dishwasher ...
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How to estimate and compare operating costs of gas vs electric furnace?

Heat pumps usually supply air conditioning too so they would be part of the equation. The fact that your neighbors all have converted to a gas furnace should tell you something, maybe that gas is the ...
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Gas run BTU limitation issues?

I looked around and found a page “flow calculations for high pressure natural gas”. There are many sites on line. It depends on how much math to the level of accuracy, many of the calculators are ...
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Why not put pipe dope on female thread?

The idea that a fillet of pipe dope as shown in the figure would enhance sealing is flawed. The pipe dope is a semi-liquid; it won't stay in place unless held there by some mechanical force. The ...
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Why not put pipe dope on female thread?

The pipe dope on the inside threads would be mostly pushed out of the threads into the fitting. Now that blob ends up migrating to regulators and valves causing failures. If only applied on the male ...
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