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Connecting Gas Lines Made Easy

Connecting Gas Lines Made Easy

Connecting your gas oven or gas clothes dryer may seem pretty straight forward, but selecting the correct fitting can make the difference between a functioning gas line, and a potential fire hazard within your home. Before attempting to connect your gas lines, be sure to check with your local building inspector to see if you are allowed to do this job yourself, or if you are required by law to have a licensed contractor connect your gas lines.

You can find kits available at your local home center, or hardware store. The kits have several kinds of fittings that will adapt to your gas lines. Even with these kits you may need to purchase additional pieces that are specific to your needs.

There are two basic types of existing pipes that you are possibly going to be connecting to. Below you will find instructions on how to properly connect your gas oven or gas clothes dryer to each of these pipes.

Steel pipe

In many older homes you will find that the appliance is connected directly to the gas line with a steel pipe. You are going to want to exchange the connecting steel pipe for a flexible stainless steel tube. Since you cannot connect the flare fitting that came with the flexible stainless steel tube directly to the steel pipe threads, you are going to have to buy a flare fitting that fits not only your flexible stainless steel tube, but also threads correctly to your steel pipe. You may need to use a standard bushing reducer to connect your 1/2 inch flexible stainless steel tube, to your 3/4 inch pipe. Be sure to take this time to replace your ball joint valve. The cost to replace this part is minimal, and having this part fail could be dangerous. Be sure to coat all pipe threads with pipe threading compound.

Soft copper

When connecting to soft copper you have to “flare” The existing copper tubing with a special tool that is made for the job. You will need to flare the tubing to match exactly with the size of your flare fittings. The standard size is 1/2 inch. Be sure that you have the flare nut on the copper tubing before you flare the tubing, or you will have to cut off the flared end to insert the nut. When working with copper tubing be sure that you are careful not to kink the tubing. Once again you will need to use threading compound, and Teflon tape. Flared connections effectiveness depends heavily upon using these items correctly.

Be sure to check for leaks once all of your connections have been made. To properly check for leaks apply a simple solution of water and dishwashing liquid to all of your connections. Look for bubbles. Bubbles will indicate the location of the leak. Once a leak is found immediately shut off your gas, and refit the connection.…

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Five Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your home. It’s where you cook, eat and congregate as a family. So when deciding to remodel this popular room, it’s important to make the right decisions. With all of these important decisions to be made, there are bound to be mistakes. Luckily, due to trial-and-error of many remodelers before, there are some common mistakes people make and easy ways to prevent or fix them.

-Plan everything out before you begin. It’s far more effective to thoroughly plan and take your time when considering what you want your kitchen remodel to look like. Not spending enough time or doing enough research can lead you to want to change your entire vision halfway through. These design changes will increase your stress, budget and timeline, so it’s best to be extra prepared and stick with your original vision.

-You can’t have too much storage. Kitchens require tons of storage for utensils, food and cleaning products. Utilizing your cabinets, pantries and other storage spaces is crucial. Look into space-savers such as storage racks and cabinet pull-outs for your remodel. You can never have enough storage space!

-Don’t be too trendy, trends fade and remodels are expensive. The latest trends in kitchen cabinets, islands or tiles may only last for a few months. You should consider if something that’s so trendy will still look good a few years from now. It’s best to stick to a classic look and layout and then feature small accents that incorporate the trend- that way they can be replaced and changed with something new to suit your taste.

-Lighting is a major design component, especially in the kitchen. Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any room in your home. Lighting is especially important in the kitchen, since you need clear vision for cooking and working effectively. Take into consideration the placement of the lighting, the type of the lighting, and the amount of natural light coming in from windows.

-Ventilation and trash placement are important to keeping your kitchen smelling fresh. It’s inevitable that your kitchen will sometimes smell from the previous day’s meal, but there are certain decisions that can be made to help with the bad odors. The first is proper ventilation. A good ventilation system will help to improve the quality of the air, keep your kitchen cleaner and provide a more pleasant smell by venting the odors. The second decision dealing with smell is where to conceal the trash in your kitchen. You want to make sure there is enough room for a sizable garbage bin (unless you want to be dumping the garbage three times a day with a smaller bin). You also want to take into consideration recycling options and make sure the bin concealed to prevent odors.…