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    I just got a one-off call from an architect about a house they designed and built (I only do commercial, or else i'd look it up) and he told me that the plumber did not ground the gas line/meter, among other things. He also told me that the house was built under the 1999 "standard" code? Does this ring a bell to anyone?

    Can anyone clarify this for me? The house is in east tennessee, and I don't have a copy of that code (is that the actual name of the code?).

    I told him that I've never seen a meter that wasn't grounded, and I haven't... but then again... I don't do residential.

    Someone help me keep a client happy!

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    csst?

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    • #3
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      no csst in the system

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      • #4
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        I would think you wouldn't use gas pipe for grounding.
        Last edited by stokefire7; 01-19-2010, 04:10 PM.

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        • #5
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          I've seen grounds applied for one inspector and removed for another. Don't quote me, but I think grounding is only an issue when the gas pipe enters, then leaves a building, as if to feed another unit/building. also, I think the input and output of a gas meter must be bonded when the meter is located in the home/basement.

          I can't imagine a 6AWG ground and ground rod is going to have a lower impedance than the gas line coming to the premise.

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          • #6
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            the electricians always bonded our gas lines to our water lines. it was their inspection and not ours. city of los angeles for the most part.

            rick,
            phoebe it is

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            • #7
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              It always amazes Me that Many never have a sit down with the Plumbing inspector on their project.
              Some have been difficult, but all have answered My Questions.
              I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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              • #8
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                like rick stated thats the sparkys job..

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                • #9
                  Re: Grounding a gas meter

                  Originally posted by plumbworker View Post
                  like rick stated thats the sparkys job..
                  On a W.H. replacement , would You bring in an Electrician to do the bonding?
                  I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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                  • #10
                    Re: Grounding a gas meter

                    Originally posted by toolaholic View Post
                    On a W.H. replacement , would You bring in an Electrician to do the bonding?

                    tool, of the thousands of heaters i've installed and replaced, both in new construction and service. i've yet to see 1 that had a jumper wire/ bond between the hot and cold. remember that the hot and cold are also common at every tub or shower valve.

                    the stainless corrugated flexes don't have a dielectric isolator either.

                    do you guys require a bond at the heater

                    rick.
                    phoebe it is

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                    • #11
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                      A phone chat with the Authority Having Jurisdiction might clear things up.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
                        tool, of the thousands of heaters i've installed and replaced, both in new construction and service. i've yet to see 1 that had a jumper wire/ bond between the hot and cold. rick.
                        I see bonded (hot, cold and gas) heaters all the time. Of course, the ones I see bonded are new installs, not replacements.

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                        • #13
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                          Rick, I've only done it in Tiberon Ca.I think . This was some Years ago on a large remodel. I may have got it from a code check plumbing book. I'll find out in a few days. I'm almost 67 and memory is slipping
                          I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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                          • #14
                            Re: Grounding a gas meter

                            Originally posted by plumbus View Post
                            i see bonded (hot, cold and gas) heaters all the time. Of course, the ones i see bonded are new installs, not replacements.
                            required in your hood?
                            I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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