Posted by jimbo on March 24, 2004 at 10:58:19:
In response to summary
:Matt, please understand that what you are hearing here is the frustration of some consummate professionals with the bad advice that you were given by some people who also presented themselves as professionals. It is a jungle out there. Also, thoughtful and seasoned professionals have ENORMOUS respect for gas. It can kill you. Gas work MUST be done right, every time.

You have seen replies here from at least four pros here who are in unanimous agreement that 1/2" pipe is out of the question, 3/4 is doubtful, and a proper engineering analysis will probably recommend 1" pipe. We are not pulling this out of our %#$@!&. The engineering basis for these calculations is found in a publication called the National Fuel Gas Code. This is a joint publication of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American Gas Association (AGA). It is approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
It is an easy calculation to do once all field variables are known, so a guy who walks up and says " sure, 1/2" OK " is just doing you a big disservice.

So,good luck with your project. Keep asking for advice wherever you can. The feedback you can get on this BBS could not be bought at any price.

By the way, the book I mentioned can be puprchased on line from NFPA. It is not expensive, and if you want to do a lot of home remnodels it is worth the cost.

Sincerely, Jim O'Dea

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