Can You Install A Gas Line Yourself?

Installing Gas Line

It’s absolutely possible to undertake and do any installation job yourself, providing you know exactly what you’re doing and how to do it. However, installing a gas line isn’t a job the sort of job that you should think about attempting to do yourself if you don’t have the relevant experience or haven’t tried to do, or have successfully done, it before. 

Depending on the level of experience that you have, or how well-versed in home improvement and plumbing and electrical work you are, installing a gas line is either a couple of hours work, or the sort of nightmare job that you don’t want to, and should never even think about attempting to do, by yourself.

If you’re already familiar with how to install a gas line, you won’t need to look for any advice or instruction on how to do actually do it and you’ve probably already started cutting the copper piping and sizing the rubber tubing that you’ll need to do install the gas line, and have all the relevant connectors on hand that you’ll need to complete the installation.

However, if you’re a home improvement newbie and the thought of changing a light bulb, let alone installing a gas line gives you palpitations and has you reaching for a paper bag in anticipation of the panic attack that’s about to overwhelm you, then don’t even think about installing the gas line yourself. 

If you haven’t installed a gas line before, in all probability, you’ll end up damaging your existing gas line and making the sort of costly error that can actually end up costing more for a professional to fix than it would have done for them to install the gas line in the first place. If there’s even a modicum of doubt in your mind about whether or not you can actually do the job, our advice is simple. Don’t. Call a professional and have them do it for you. 

If you are determined to do it and have your heart set on at least attempting to install your own gas line, even though it might up being one of the costliest (and most dangerous) mistakes you’ll ever make, then at least spend a day or two watching two or three of the instructional videos on YouTube that’ll show you exactly how to do it in an easy to follow step-by-step guide. 

But just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean that you should do it, and sometimes it’s easier, safer, and far more cost-effective to just call a professional and get them to do the job properly, efficiently, and safely. 

How Much Does It Cost To Install A Gas Line For A Stove? 

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The main reason you might be tempted to install a gas line yourself is the cost. By installing the line yourself, you’ll save labor costs and the only financial burden that you’ll have to bear is the costs of the parts, tools, and equipment that you’ll need in order to complete the installation.

And depending on how prepared you are to do the installation, and how much of the equipment you already possess, it could cost you anywhere between fifty and one hundred dollars. After all, your time is your own, so you don’t need to pay yourself for the work that you’re going to undertake. 

If however, you called a professional and had them do the job, they’ll either quote for you for the whole installation or measure the job by the linear foot. If they work according to the former, the installation will be at least three hundred and fifty dollars and could rise to as much as, depending on the difficulty of the installation, up to one thousand dollars. 

If the installation is being charged by the linear foot, it will cost around twenty dollars per foot for the installation. There are additional costs that might be incurred such as running a new pipe from the meter, which usually costs around five hundred dollars, or if you don’t have an existing line.

You’ll need to run a new one from the street mains, which could cost anything up to two thousand dollars. Gas line installation can be expensive, but as you can’t put a price on safety and security, it’ll be worth every single cent it ends up costing you. 

Are Stove Gas Lines Reverse Thread? 

All gas lines, including the fittings that they use, are reverse thread. And there’s an incredibly simple and straightforward reason for them being so. As the gas that they carry is both flammable and hazardous to health, the threads that the lines and fixtures use are reversed so that they can’t be connected to water, vent, or air lines by mistake.

The reverse threads that they use are purpose designed to ensure that when the lines are fitted in your home, they, and you and your family, will always be safe and secure

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