Well, it is true - I need support, you need support, and gas lines need support too.
Gas lines in particular need support! You don't want them to sag, especially near a joint!
This is the final walk through of a brand-new house.
Seeing a 16' long gas line on the brick wall of this house I looked carefully at its support.
Not good. It was such a long line there were three supports. Horizontal gas lines in this fashion should have a support every 4' - 6'. That long a run is very heavy.
Look what they used! Plastic anchors!
I wouldn't use plastic anchors in my house to hang an important personal item on the wall! I don't use plastic anchors for much at all.
Plastic anchors are NOT, NOT, NOT made for applications with brickwork, and for such heavy materials!
What should be used instead?
Lead anchors have been around for a long, long time. They are tried and true.
There are other anchors, even stronger anchors, but this is a gas line that may need to be removed at some future point. You need good support, but support where the screws, or bolts, can be removed.
Those plastic anchors did not even last a couple of weeks! And with good reason.
THAT MEANS TO ME THAT THE GAS LINES WERE NOT INSTALLED BY A GAS PROFESSIONAL.
And, what do you know, the gas installation on the house had had the County approval sticker! Methinks, well mebets (to invent a word), that the County never bothered to walk around the house to have a peek at it. It did snow a couple of days ago when they did their inspection. Walk around the house. Not today!
This is a large house (five-car garage) and this gas line services a Generac generator large enough to virtually power half the house in the event of a power failure. Can you imagine a gas leak near a generator?
Also, this is LP gas! Liquid Propane is exceptionally volatile and explosive!
My recommendation: it's the little things! Plastic anchors on brick might seem like a little thing. There were a lot of seemingly little things on this new construction inspection. The opener did not operate the door to the microwave; a chip in a granite counter top; the connector clamps were loose under all three panels boxes (!); the receptacle into which the third dishwasher was plugged was behind the dishwasher and on the floor (!); aluminum wrap on exterior wood trim was not installed with aluminum nails (!); many wall switches were upside down*. Some of these are "little" things that can eventually add up to big, expensive or important! And these and more were found. All say the same thing - UNPROFESSIONAL WORK.
And THAT, brothers and sisters of the congregation, is the BIGGEST problem with new construction.
Get a home inspection on new construction!
* To me, on a single wall switch, up is on and down is off. That would bug the heck out of me as a homeowner!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560