I was installing a new hose bib in a 1999 house, gigantic mc mansion type with all the bells and whistles, except no hose bib for the deck. Simple job of t'ing off the kitchen sink cold copper punch a hole out and screw on the sillcock. I was not expecting to run into 1/2 inch flexible gas line. There is about half a second of frozen stupidity in theses moments and then total panic running to find the gas meter. I talked to the home owner, called the boss and started to find parts for a repair. Thats when things got interesting. Apparently there are at least four different types of flexible gas tubing in use in the portland or area and none of the parts are universal. Luckily I was able to find the name of the gas line in a mechanical room and after five or six phone calls track down a distributer of "diamondback" pipe and fittings. Five hours later and the "simple" hose bib job was done and the gas was back on. Has anyone else run into this. What happens when these companies go out of business. Which brands are most popular? In the portland area there is Wardflex, Trackpipe, Gastight, and Diamondback.
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