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DCP03277.JPG (132487 bytes)    July 1, 2005 - Friday - This week we plumb the lines for the propane gas.  Out on the Olympic Peninsula where Sequim is located, there is no natural gas available.  That means if you want any gas appliances they must run off propane.  Flexible gas line, known as "CSST" (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing) is great for running gas lines in the attic for basically the same reason we like the PEX tubing for plumbing,  its flexible!  This means installing it is real fast as we can bend around the truss members as needed.  CSST can be used for natural gas or propane.  It is however much more expensive than traditional "black steel" pipe so we typically only use it up in the attic where its flexible nature is an advantage.  Also we use the black steel pipe anywhere the gas pipe will be exposed since it is much less prone to damage than the CSST.  This time out we are using CSST made by Ward Manufacturing which they call WardFlex.  As always we try to use products made in the USA and WardFlex fits the bill perfectly.  This picture shows a 50 foot coil of WardFlex CSST.  It is colored yellow since that is the Uniform Color Code color assigned to gas line or gas line tracing.

DCP03275.JPG (113541 bytes)    July 1, 2005 - Friday - This shot shows the gas line coming into the home in the wall between the shower/tub in the guest bathroom and the built in computer desk.  We have made a distribution "manifold" out of black steel pipe with four "ports" on it.  There is one port each for the laundry room, Bar-B-Que on the grilling deck, the fireplace, and the stove/range.  We have chose to bring the WardFlex down to the manifold on two of the runs and you can see one of the pieces of WardFlex dangling down from above prior to getting connected to the manifold.  The brass fittings seen on the manifold are used to connect the CSST to the black steel pipe.  Since the manifold is so close to the location of the range, we just used a piece of black steel for this run which you can see going out of the picture on the right side.

DCP03266.JPG (97970 bytes)    June 30, 2005 - Thursday - Many times in a large project, certain things have to be completed before others can be started.  That is the case here.  In the laundry room we will only install a gas outlet for the clothes dryer.  However, we want to make it real easy for a future owner to convert the water heater to gas if they decide to do so.  With that in mind, the gas line in the laundry room must be exposed to facilitate this possible future expansion.  Since we don't want to go to the trouble of putting sheet rock under this exposed gas line, we must install the sheet rock prior to plumbing the gas line.  Furthermore, we have to install the box to dress out the clothes washer water supplies and drain before installing the sheet rock!  This picture shows the PEX tubing connecting to the washing machine water valves on top of the box, and the drain connected on the bottom.

DCP03269.JPG (108058 bytes)    July 1, 2005 - Friday - This picture shows the piece of sheet rock installed.  We can install this piece of sheet rock since everything it covers has passed inspection, that being the plumbing and electrical.  The Seisco water heater can be seen mounted to the wall, and on the other side of the water heater the black steel gas line can be seen coming down from the ceiling.  

DCP03270.JPG (106390 bytes)    July 1, 2005 - Friday - This is a view from the other side of the laundry room.  The black steel gas pipe can be seen better in this shot.  In keeping with building the best homes we know how, notice we provide both a gas and electrical outlet for the clothes dryer.  This allows the owner to easily use which ever type of dryer they chose.

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