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running new gas lines?

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by Twinmama, May 5, 2011.

  1. Twinmama

    Twinmama Member

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    I'd like to run some new gas lines in the house - one for a grill on a new deck and one to change from an electric dryer to gas. Can anyone recommend a gas guy for this? Thanks!
     
  2. z28lt1

    z28lt1 New Member

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    Be prepared for sticker shock. We used Dan Edwards Plumbing, but would have gone with Wacker if timing worked. Dan used CSST which is much more expensive materials, but is flexible so the install labor was much less. Wacker used standard gas lines, which was cheaper material, but involved more labor for all the joints. Total price was pretty close between the two. Permits and inspections needed. Also, depending upon the BTU's needed for the dryer and the grill, you may need a split meter, which will involve the gas company. Wacker seemed to know how to deal with the split meter and do the sizing calculations a little bit better.

    Let me know if you have questions.
     
  3. Twinmama

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    Thanks! I called two companies recommended by the gas co and just about fell off my chair when they told me the cost! Can you send me the contact numbers for the companies you spoke with? I'd love to see if they're all in the same ballpark.
     
  4. z28lt1

    z28lt1 New Member

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  5. Twinmama

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    thanks!
     
  6. ChrisL

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    Gas plumbing is outrageous and many people won't even do it. Mostly because of the insurance that these folks have to carry. Think about it... if water leaks... you replace some carpet and wallboard. If gas leaks... it can be MUCH worse.
     
  7. LSeidmeyer

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    Can I ask what the prices were you received as I'm getting a quote to get a gas line to our backyard as well?
     
  8. Twinmama

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    Since I'm not getting any appliances (eg. furnace, hot water heater) installed, there's a premium of about $800 (for the first ten ft of pipe) and then approx $50/ft after that. Yeah. It's not cheap!
     
  9. Capricorn1964

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    Yikes! That's pretty expensive!
     
  10. z28lt1

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    Our quotes weren't really based directly on the length of the run (although the piping is priced per foot), but a real time and materials quote, I believe we ran about 60 feet of gas line from our meter to our grill. Quotes ranged from $1250-1600. That said, we had our trench for the line dug and then filled by our Patio builders, so I'm sure that would add significant costs if the gas plumber had to do the trench themselves. Those prices also include the permit, although I think that is less than $100 or so. After those crazy quotes, I came very close to sticking with propane, you can fill a lot of tanks for that price. Finally decided to run the line, and am extremely gad we did. I do a lot of slow cooking/grilling/smoking, where I run the grill on low for 12 hours or more. Thankfully, don't have to worry about the spare tanks around.

    Jeff
     

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