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They typically charge over $150.00 for a licensed Plumber to install the gas range or clothes dryer. If a person is a good skilled mechanic and finger tightens all the connections fully, being very careful not to cross-thread any fittings, then tightens the connections to about 30 foot pounds of torque, what else is needed? Do you have to add any "old fasioned Pipe Dope" to the fitting to make sure the seal is tight, or do today's fittings just work fine without it? Rick.

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  • rdebeer Jun 27, 2009

    I am only talking about the use of a sealant on the threads of gas pipe fittings or not the use of a sealant. Obviously, the fittings must be tightened correctly and tested with soapy water to be sure there are no leaks before you proceed with any lighting of the pilot or any other flame.

  • rdebeer Jun 27, 2009

    That is the answer I was expecting, the simple use of a teflon tape as a lubricant. Thanks.

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Teflon Tape, Pipe Dope, and "The Green Stuff" are all simply lubricants.
(that is a highly debated topic among Tradesmen however)
Metal on Metal makes your seal... the teflon simply acts as a lubricant so you can tighten the threads onto one another more easily..
When dealing with gas - however (and is code in some states anyway) it is good to use a "sealant" or pipe dope as you call it - to .. #1 get a tighter thread compression - and #2 to protect your home.

Metal expands and contracts with temperature, and may eventually loosen enough to develop a leak. It also corrodes... and adding a sealant/lubricant will allow for easier uncoupling in the future.

I would spend the $.49 on a roll of teflon tape... or $4 on a small can of "The Green Stuff" as a good investment to protect your future. :D

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They charge that much because they are usually certified gasfitters! If you don't install something correctly and wind up causing a fire or explosion in your house, guess what? NO INSURANCE! Don't try to do it yourself. Almost always a municipal building permit is required to do any gasfitting work in your home, and can be obtained only by a licensed and certified gasfitter.

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