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You know how you sometimes get that super annoying feeling that you are forgetting something?

Well, it's been nagging on us for a while now. What have we forgotten?

There's something that's been put on the back burner and forgotten about, and it's about to boil over.

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Just before each room is drywalled, we do a quick run through and make sure the mechanical systems are all installed properly and hooked up. We do bedrooms and closets first, as they are the simplest.
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The scrap pile of drywall just keeps growing,
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And pretty soon, we are cornered in the great room, with no choice but to start rocking the kitchens. Kitchens are the most complex, and it's our suspicion that there's something missing.
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For the center wall between the two units, we drywall one side with Type X drywall - which is a fire rated drywall to prevent fire between units.
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We also want to minimize sound between units so we picked up these guys
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Are you itching just looking at this stuff?
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The insulation bats get stuffed in the wall between joists
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Last at bat ...
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And it's drywall time. After drywall goes up, access inside the wall is going to be a nightmare involving undoing and redoing and digging in insulation. We get the first sheet up to finish the center wall. The next sheet is for the stove. We check to make sure the vent is in over the range, the plug in is there for the microhood, the 220 oven outlet box is in and wired just in case an electric range is ever used, and of course, the 110 outlet for the electronics on the gas range ... and the gas line is ... not there. We bought gas ranges for the Moms last January, and somehow, putting the gas line in has gotten put on the back burner ... and forgotten about. Well, if we don't get a gas line in, there won't be a back burner, or a front burner for the matter. Outside we go.
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Armed with the concrete drill. We decided to run the gas line in the deck ledger board so we don't have to mess up the siding to get the line in. Also, this puts the fitting for changing out propane tanks at a good height. And then we can run the gas line in the floor joists instead of the wall.
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We opted to use iron pipe for the gas line because we want to minimize future maintenance. A flexible line will do the job, but for how long? We don't have that answer, but here's what we do know: the black iron pipe might be a little more work, but it will last longer. When we run a pipe that doesn't bend or give down floor joists, the Ram makes up a pattern from a scrap piece of plywood.
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Then he can use this pattern to drill holes all the way down the floor joists, lined up perfectly.
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Once the pattern holes are drilled, we can the drill larger holes for the pipes.
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These things would be much easier done beforehand. The big drill had trouble fitting in between the joists.
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So then we tried the little drill. &nbsp;But then this one didn't have the power. &nbsp;After much struggling and bit changes<br /><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-qvX8z0385pw/UT9oSG9popI/AAAAAAAAN60/EVSMe6DElrk/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy15.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>We finally got all the holes drilled</p><p><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5n97RfevivE/UT9oSwLcL8I/AAAAAAAAN7A/Pw-vqgx05Ss/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy17.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>And started threading the pipe through the joists.</p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-hU-rGw3_xdg/UT9oVYIFr7I/AAAAAAAAN7U/z9oWdCLkK9g/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy19.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>The pipe comes in 10 foot sticks</p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4bZv4D4bebk/UT9oVlpscfI/AAAAAAAAN7Y/ur0rM7Z4c6M/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy20.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>So after one pipe is threaded in from the outside, we add the second and connect with couplings.</p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-h7qNtIi5AEM/UT9oWlQ88yI/AAAAAAAAN7g/phuyZeRB4TY/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy21.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>And then elbow up through the floor</p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-VXtIiedRHH8/UT9oXWeESOI/AAAAAAAAN7o/jq9ixvPAMGc/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy22.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>So the gas line is in the floor, behind the range.</p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-QHZHrFgkd9s/UT9oahifc1I/AAAAAAAAN8I/CPDWvNbcfxs/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy26.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>All joints are sealed off.</p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-pGCbz4eAkVw/UT9oYXDD62I/AAAAAAAAN7w/n7wzI9P3dEU/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy23.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>And outside we've got two stub outs that we'll hook two propane tanks to.</p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-rGDV7NbECmE/UT9oaLtw6tI/AAAAAAAAN8A/_uGa82r6l7o/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy25.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>The Ram attaches the pressure test gauge to the end of each pipe and fills with air.</p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-GmAE81EeQOs/UT9oZVFoHAI/AAAAAAAAN74/CSOustl-B6Y/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy24.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>It holds pressure,</p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-3M_hWrihOgo/UT9ocDw9PJI/AAAAAAAAN8g/kYmS9nE6d00/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy28.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>But just to be safe, all the joints get soaped up to check for bubbles. &nbsp;</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-QHZHrFgkd9s/UT9oahifc1I/AAAAAAAAN8I/CPDWvNbcfxs/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy26.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>No bubbles!</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-CMuB3RWUzRQ/UT9ob_5XbzI/AAAAAAAAN8Y/r_k11GIPGcU/w470/iron%2Bpipe%2Bgas%2Bline%2Bstove%2Bdiy27.jpg" style="height: 438px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Now we can get back to drywall!</p><p><br /></p><p>So do you have a gas range? &nbsp;Is it worth the extra trouble? &nbsp;How is yours plumbed in? &nbsp;Do you have a flexible line and have never hand an issue? &nbsp;Or did we make the right choice with the iron pipe? &nbsp;</p>

Comments

I have a gas range and it is worth the effort. "Off" actually means no more heat going to the burner and will pretty quickly stop a pot from boiling over. Electric ranges never work that way because "off" means no more electricity to the still hot coils so it gradually cools. If your Moms like to cook, gas is the way to go!

Ana:
I worked for a propane company for many years and I am sure you will enjoy your decision to go with gas instead of electric for the kitchen stove. I was looking at the pictures I am not sure but is there windows just under where you came out of the house where you are going to hook up the propane tanks? If so where you are going to hook up at should be a minimum of five feet to the left or right, the reason is propane is heavier than air and if you do develop a leak it will not go into the opening or window under the house. I would also recommend putting on the ball valve and flex line to the pipe coming out of floor to the stove. Open the ball valve and plug the flex line and do a 10psi test this will insure no leaks through the system up to where you hook to the stove. Nothing worse than wanting to hook up the stove and finding out at the last moment that the ball valve or flex line is defective.

Hi Ana! We just sold our electric range for gas, BUT, it's actually dual fuel. The oven is electric and the stove top, gas. I'm no big cook, so it didn't matter to me how the oven cooked. I honestly wouldn't know the difference. However, the gas stove top WAS important to me. As Jamaunzie noted above, once it's off, it's off. Plus I like to see the flame height when I'm picking the setting, etc.

We have a gas range and an electric stove. I believe our gas line is iron, but we didn't build our house (it was 9 years old when we moved in), so I'm not 100% sure.

I do love the natural gas for cooking, though, for the same reasons other people stated.

Also, we're fortunate to be hooked to the gas company's pipeline, so we have no tanks to worry about. Something I'm sure is not an option there in Alaska!

My husband installed gas lines to our basement kitchen with iron pipe, too. Jamaunzie is right check those ball valves and lines. Our first ball valve was defective. I love my gas stove!

I want a gas stove so bad, we have electric, it's a glass top but I would rather have gas. You make it look so easy, I almost want to put one in. Time to start saving for one.

I wish my range were gas or gas/electric. I grew up with a gas range and that's what I was familiar with. When I moved to be with my husband in Central Texas there was no such thing as a gas range. I think it was just cheaper for developers to make everything electric. At the time I was excited because I thought, 'Yay! One less bill to worry about!" Now, I'd welcome that bill. There's definitely a learning curve to work with an electric range. Just because you turn the burner to 'low' doesn't mean it's immediately on low...you have to wait for it to cool down. I can't tell you how many dinners I've burned. Plus, even though my electric range is a glass-top, it's still really difficult to clean when food gets cooked/burnt on. If you have a boil-over, expect your shiny stainless steel pots/pans to have burn spots too. Have I made my case yet? Even though there's a risk of a gas leak, I'd much prefer a gas range to an electric. In my dream home...that's what we'll have.