Propane line from tank to house?

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  1. HockeyFan

    HockeyFan New Member

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    I have a question about a propane line from the tank to the house? In our current house, I ran a 3/4 inch copper line. I'm wondering if there is a different material that can be used and/or what is recommended.
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    There are several different materials which can be used, although you should not be able to purchase most of them.
  3. HockeyFan

    HockeyFan New Member

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    Which materials would be, and I can request to purchase or possible ask a plumber to get them for me.
  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    You would have to ask the plumber to install them for you!
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Many of the specialized gas lines require special tools to install, and you can't buy the materials or tools without credentials validating you know what you're doing.
  6. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Don't be so cheap! Just run down to your wifes favorite hair salon and get your head waxed!:D
  7. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    The Duc- tape keeps my head form exploding. :D
  8. PEW

    PEW DIY Senior Member

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    3/4 inch is rather large for the high pressure side.
  9. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Sounds like a handyman quick fix to me!:D
  10. hj

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    duct tape

    The "Lion" in the "A Tale of Two Cities" used a wet towel. That would be much less painful to remove than duct tape. A friend of mine was bow hunting in MI one year when he stumbled with an arrow in the bow. It went down his boot and cut the back of his leg. When he got to the cabin he dumped the blood out of his boot, then taped the wound with duct tape rather than drive into town to the hospital. When he went to take the duct tape off he said it hurt many times worse than the arrow had.
  11. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Super gluing it together would have been my choice...
    Bonds skin instantly!
  12. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    super glue

    Except when the skin is dirty. The same reason we kept our hands dirty when wiping lead joints.
  13. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    You don't handle lead with your bare hands do you:eek: The stuff is poision. It will leach through your skin and make you crazier than a you know what house rat:D

    come to think of it, maybe thats why I get lost on the way home ppretty often.:D
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    Bill Arden Computer Programmer

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    Ignore the hecklers.
    Luckily some of us are still in areas where we can do what ever we want to...

    I've seen copper used, but black steel pipe is a better choice.

    1. No one will pound a tent stake into it. (it should be deeper anyway)
    2. it's noticeable when the phone or cable company run into it with the trencher.

    Once burred a foot or so down the low oxygen levels will slow rusting.
  15. Redwood

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    There are other materials but as stated above there is certification required to use them. It would be a great Idea that a plumber install and hook up the gas line. It's much better than a house raising experience...
  16. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    pipe

    You don't handle lead with your bare hands do you:eek: The stuff is poision. It will leach through your skin and make you crazier than a you know what house rat

    We used to handle lead pipe and sheet lead with our hands all the time. You have been brain washed by hyperbole. Anyway, back to the original question. Black, or even galvanized, pipe CANNOT be used for the underground line. At the very least it has to be something like X-Trucoat pipe with an epoxy coating, and even that is a poor material because the coating can become damage before, during, or after installation and then it will very quickly rust out and start leaking. (I have seen sections which looked like swiss cheese after just a few years of burial.) The only time I use that pipe is for a very short installation, when the better materials would be too expensive, and then I wrap and protect the entire line and fittings.
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    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    You can't bury black or galvanized steel pipe. National Fuel Gas Code Section 7.1.3
  18. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
  19. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Bill Arden Computer Programer,

    What do you think? Windows XP takes up too much space on my hard drive.
    I think a lot of it is files that aren't even used...

    I went into explorer and a lot of the files haven't been accessed in sometime.
    I'm thinking it would be a good idea if I just delete all the files that haven't been used in a while...

    Or. maybe I should stick to plumbing and answering plumbing questions on forums...:cool:
  20. hj

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    lead

    In my previous reply to the question about handling lead, I forgot the main thing. We did not keep our hands dirty because we were handling the lead. We kept them dirty so the molten solder we were using to wipe joints would not stick to the skin if we accidently spilled it.
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