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I want to add a patio heater in the vaulted part of my patio. I got a quote from a plumber for $970 and that seems outrageous to me. I have overhead yellow flex pipe; and an existing line about 10 feet away. The ceiling is vaulted and attic access is readily available. I don't understand how it could be a grand for what should take a plumber about 10 minutes. Honestly it seems like a very simple DIY. I've just never worked on gas lines before. According to Youtube it's pretty simple; and I'm really not afraid of a task like this. What would you do, get another quote, just DIY the job, or something else?
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The DIY guy doesn't have over head cost, liability, insurance, worker comp. etc. Do you see where I am going with this? Everyone is an expert after watching Youtube.
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You need a different plumber, try again...
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I want to add a patio heater in the vaulted part of my patio. I got a quote from a plumber for $970 and that seems outrageous to me. I have overhead yellow flex pipe; and an existing line about 10 feet away. The ceiling is vaulted and attic access is readily available. I don't understand how it could be a grand for what should take a plumber about 10 minutes. Honestly it seems like a very simple DIY. I've just never worked on gas lines before. According to Youtube it's pretty simple; and I'm really not afraid of a task like this. What would you do, get another quote, just DIY the job, or something else?
go for it. Oh and video the start and test please - that is YouTube gold
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Gas lines require a permit and all the bull crap that comes along with it. Including inspection by the city and the gas company.

Without a permit, I'm sure it could be done much cheaper and then the plumber could be held liable for killing you or burning your house down.
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Not sure where you live but in my area you need to be a licensed and insured plumber, local town permit to open a gas line, gas company inspection, town plumbing inspection, possibly 2 town inspections. Running the gas pipe might take you 10 minutes but the other things involved take time to organize and see through. Our inspectors give us a 2 hour window so I wait around for them before I can continue forward. Maybe your area is different and they let homeowners do there own gas piping but it's a no go here. Get other prices to compare your first quote too and worst case is they are in the same ballpark and then you can decide if you want to tackle it yourself. Be careful and good luck.
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Gas lines require a permit and all the bull crap that comes along with it. Including inspection by the city and the gas company.

Without a permit, I'm sure it could be done much cheaper and then the plumber could be held liable for killing you or burning your house down.
This is the only reason I've never messed with gas before. A grand though? I get the overhead and insurance, but I just can't bring myself to spend a grand on a 10 minute task.
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Originally Posted by Jersus View Post
go for it. Oh and video the start and test please - that is YouTube gold

Ditto

It's not a 10 minute job

Quick bit from an insurer: https://blog.nationwide.com/csst-safety/

Video from the above link:

I suggest more quotes & have it done professionally

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THTers are generally frugal but you are asking about something that, if not done correctly, can kill your family. Don't cheap out.
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Originally Posted by Kenny Powers View Post
I have overhead yellow flex pipe; and an existing line about 10 feet away. The ceiling is vaulted and attic access is readily available.
Not sure I follow exactly what you have now. Black iron pipe with a flex connect on the end? Or are you talking about the yellow stainless flexible gas line used for longer runs?
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DIY=Kabooooooom
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Quote, quote, quote then pro install with permit.
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Originally Posted by Kenny Powers View Post
This is the only reason I've never messed with gas before. A grand though? I get the overhead and insurance, but I just can't bring myself to spend a grand on a 10 minute task.

Is the 10 minutes you are quoting from youtube? I would like to see you, drive downtown pull a permit, go gather material, send a 'plumber' out in a company truck, install. Then hang loose until inspected. NOW, can any of those items be done in 10 minutes?
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ran a flex line over 30 feet to switch my kitchen to gas was like $400 with 2 guys. took them maybe an hour or two

said they generally don't pull permits for stuff like that as it requires an inspection then. I told them to do it just for a peice of mind. They pulled it afterwards. Inspector came it was all good.

These guys obviously knew what they were doing tested the lines for leaks with a lighter lol. This was from a huge plumbing co.
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Originally Posted by williamwallus View Post
ran a flex line over 30 feet to switch my kitchen to gas was like $400 with 2 guys. took them maybe an hour or two

said they generally don't pull permits for stuff like that as it requires an inspection then. I told them to do it just for a peice of mind. They pulled it afterwards. Inspector came it was all good.

These guys obviously knew what they were doing tested the lines for leaks with a lighter lol. This was from a huge plumbing co.
LOL, seen that several times. I prefer soapy water, you tend not to pucker as much with the soapy water method.
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low pressure im assuming......if not def get a licensed installer
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Originally Posted by Kenny Powers View Post
This is the only reason I've never messed with gas before. A grand though? I get the overhead and insurance, but I just can't bring myself to spend a grand on a 10 minute task.
pay it. 30 days from now you won't even think about it - unless you put it on the CC.

Then add 30 more days.
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building inspector in South Fl. here. Gas requires a separate test besides plumbing for a reason.
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Iím on propane tank. Had my gas company run a new line for and install my gas cooktop. Was like $350.
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Originally Posted by Kenny Powers View Post
This is the only reason I've never messed with gas before. A grand though? I get the overhead and insurance, but I just can't bring myself to spend a grand on a 10 minute task.
Itís not a 10 minute task. Homeboy the homeowner never takes into consideration that the service company has to get parts, drive there, do the job, and there is still the overhead cost of the office taking the call, scheduling, managing, the other costs associated with being able to be in business legally and properly.

Even it you cut all that other stuff out itís still no way just a 10 minute job. Never is, thatís what it looks like to someone who has not done a ton of similar type jobs and knows from experience that thereís things that can cause hiccups and a wise company will make sure they cover the worst case scenario.

You created out of thin air a unrealistic time value for the work and so from that erroneous point forward none of the math makes sense.

maybe you could do it quick and easy- but would you take the chance at a gas leak blowing your house to smithereens to save a couple hundred bucks?

get a couple more quotes if you think itís too high, but donít act like you are a victim of price gouging and declare the company unreasonably evil.

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