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Preparing For Gas Line Installation In New Construction

by Charlie Clarke

Building a new home requires a lot of planning. Much of what needs to be done needs to be done at a specific point in the construction process, and this includes the installation of your natural gas line. Here is a brief overview of the process.

Inform The Authorities

Before digging can commence, the contractor or customer must call the digger's hotline. They are reached by simply picking up the phone and dialing 811. Your call will then be routed to the center nearest you.

The operator will need your personal information, such as your name and telephone number, and they will need the address of the home you plan on having a gas line installed. If the official address has not been decided, you will need to provide a physical description of the location.

Wait For The Utility Contractors To Visit

Once you call the digger's hotline and place your request, the operator will contact the utility companies that are in your area. They will each send out a representative to locate and clearly mark their lines. This will generally take a few business days, so be sure to call 811 well enough in advance. This will avoid potential construction delays, which can cost money as well as time.

Confirm Everything Has Been Located And Marked

Before you pick up a shovel, it's extremely important that every utility company that needed to send out a locator has in fact done so. The digger's hotline will let you know which utilities are in your area. In addition to the natural gas line, there will be other underground utilities, such as plumbing and sewer, that need to be identified. Make sure you can visibly see that every utility has indeed been marked.

Decide The Meter Placement

A natural gas meter can't just be placed anywhere. It needs to be conveniently located to service technicians and their equipment, but just as importantly, it needs to be placed in a safe area. State building codes vary, but in most jurisdictions, a meter must be at least three feet from any window, vent, outlets, air conditioners, doors, or heaters. It must also be carefully placed in snowy climates, so snow and ice aren't routinely burying the meter.

Start Digging

While some homeowners prefer to dig themselves, most prefer to leave it to the professionals. This is because the pits and trench will often need to be dug by hand rather than with an excavator or other mechanized piece of equipment.

Two pits will need to be dug that are 18 inches deep, four feet long, and two feet wide. One will go along side the house at the meter; the other will be dug at the street, where the gas line will be connected to the source. If the gas company will require buried conduits, you will need to join the two pits with a trench. The gas company will also require you have sand at each bit and along the trench.

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