One thing that HIS Plumber does that people may not realize is we do install and run gas lines. Any licensed plumber is licensed to run gas and today we did just that.
Our client this afternoon had recently purchased a house that he plans on renting out. Before renting it he has been making improvements on it to make it more enjoyable. Today we changed out a gas line for the oven that was far too long.
Each job is different and often can require a different approach to complete the task. On this occasion, I spent my time under the crawlspace. I will admit that crawlspaces can sometimes be a scary place! I have been under some where I have had to crawl through more spiderwebs than I would like to imagine. On one occasion we found a snake! However, today’s crawlspace was, thankfully, a relatively clean one with minimal insects and bugs.
After ensuring that gas was properly turned off to the house, I made my way into the crawlspace. My father was inside getting ready to remove the existing pipe. It was currently sticking out more than a foot above ground level and, as a result, it was interfering with the oven’s capability to slide into place.
When I reached the spot where the gas line went into the house, we worked together to remove it. It was coming strait down into a “T”. While he spun the pipe from above, I held back on the “T” with a pipe wrench to prevent it from breaking. (I’ll throw in a tip here. If you are working on your own pipes, whether gas or water lines, make sure to hold back on any threaded connection. The older the pipe, the easier it is to break. Often big problems can be prevented just by taking an extra step of cautiousness.)