What I'm Seeing Now

head_left_image

Flexible Gas Tubing Should Not Be Bent Like This

Flexible gas tubing should not be bent like this.

This is an unprofessional installation.

Or, perhaps, through the years, it has been bent over and over in different ways as the range has been moved out and then back in.

All of these twists and turns put stress onto the gas line.

This is a flexible gas tubing.

It is vulnerable to damage, splitting, and crimping can cause a lesser flow of gas to the appliance.

Just because it is flexible does not mean you can do this to it.

Everything has its tolerances.

Gastite is a manufacturer of flexible gas tubing, which they call Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing, or more commonly CSST.

Of course Gastite has a website.  All CSST manufacturers have websites! 

Each website has its installation instructions.

Each manufacturer wants to make sure its product is not vulnerable to stress, damage, or ignorant installation.

Each manufacturer has a chart like this one, which I found on the Gastite website.

As to the bend radius of various diameters of tubing they all agree.

Everything has its tolerances.  And you DON'T want to stress gas tubing!  A gas leak behind a kitchen range is simply NOT the way to go!

My recommendation:  have a peek behind a kitchen range!  Gas or electric, the installation behind must be done properly.  And an anti-tip device is a recent, but important, criterion as a part of the installation so the unit cannot fall forward.  But don't mess with gas lines!  Of all things, don't mess with gas lines!

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 14 commentsJay Markanich • April 01 2017 09:50AM

Comments

This one seems to be an obvious rule but apparently not to everyone!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 3 years ago

Jay, I haven't seen one of these in awhile and so important to check out and call in a professional if a problem exists.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Kat - and sometimes things happen over time.  But I expect that initially this tubing was bent too severely.

I always pull a range out, Ginny, gas or electric.  There is information behind!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. This is an example of an over eager use of flexible tubing! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

Jay Markanich You are so kinky. That installation was not the best.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

It makes you wonder how it got that way in the first place. Certainly it was done with care.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 3 years ago

Yes, you need slack to allow you to pull out the range, but it looks like that one would kink if you wasn't careful. Sloppy!!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

One over-eager dude to be sure, Wayne!  Maybe he had just read Alice in Wonderland, and learned that if you don't know where you are going to end up you won't get there.

So, Don, you figure him for being kinky?  Exactly why?

(That was my April Fool's contribution...)

Perhaps the gas line version of the Gordion Knot, Joe?  Remember, that knot frustrated Alexander the Great so much he cut it in half with his sword.

That range would reach to the powder room in the front of the house, Fred!  Like the "Long Hose" at Costco, so it doesn't matter which side of the island you pull into, the hose will reach.

 

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I sometimes wonder if I could land a job doing HVAC and plumbing.  My goodness, I have to think I'd have more sense that the folks that did this.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 3 years ago

On our inspection today the tubing was severely bent too, Chris Ann.  I see it all the time!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Oh my, that photo illustration does give one reason to ponder a problem!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

It does appear a bit meandering, Myrl.  And weird.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Aw geee whiz Jay Markanich you have no appreciation for an "artstic bent" !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 3 years ago

An inspection bent trumps an artistic one, S&D.

But you already knew that.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

This blog does not allow anonymous comments