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Old 04-29-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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Question Water heater gas tubing...

Alright, just recieved my new water heater for my TT! Yeehaw! Question is this....went to Lowes to get copper tubing for hooking up the gas line, and the guy helping me said that I had to buy Type "L" copper to run LP gas thru. Went ahead and bought it, even though it was twice as much as the regular tubing. Since I have to solder a coupling to join it to the original line, do I need to buy special solder also...the employee didn't know the answer to that one. Or did he just blow smoke up my hoohaa?
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:33 PM   #2
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Was there a problem with the existing gas line and connection? Sorry, can`t help ya with the solder question, never done it.
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I don't know about were you are from but were i'm from you can't solder gas piping. You have to use flare fittings to join 2 pipes together.
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I don't know about were you are from but were i'm from you can't solder gas piping. You have to use flare fittings to join 2 pipes together.
I do marine air conditioning and I silver solder copper tubing all the time. All of my equipment comes with soldered joints. You need to use either 7% or better, 15% Silphos(trade name). I would not trust lead base solder for a gas line joint because of the possibility of cracking from vibration.
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Residential and commercial codes do not allow soldering gas lines. RV codes may be different but I still wouldn't solder a gas line. If there is any gas in the line, the torch could touch it off.
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I do marine air conditioning and I silver solder copper tubing all the time. All of my equipment comes with soldered joints. You need to use either 7% or better, 15% Silphos(trade name). I would not trust lead base solder for a gas line joint because of the possibility of cracking from vibration.
Air conditioning lines are another story. Refrigerant doesn't burn or explode, unlike propane.
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Thanks for all of the help guys! Guess I'll be heading back to Lowes to buy a flaring kit. Gotta love theives...wouldn't be going thru this if they hadn't stolen the heater at the dealer lot! Guess it's hard times for everyone though. Just wish they would've unbolted the line instead of cutting it!!! Would've made life so much easier!!!
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Thanks for all of the help guys! Guess I'll be heading back to Lowes to buy a flaring kit. Gotta love theives...wouldn't be going thru this if they hadn't stolen the heater at the dealer lot! Guess it's hard times for everyone though. Just wish they would've unbolted the line instead of cutting it!!! Would've made life so much easier!!!
Shouldn't the dealer be taking care of this then? On his lot he is responsible.. no matter what his signs say..
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Shouldn't the dealer be taking care of this then? On his lot he is responsible.. no matter what his signs say..
I agree seann, but I really got snookered on this deal. First of all they weren't a Jayco Dealer, just a used TT lot. I'm a total newbie at this, so the salesperson convinced me that it was just a storage compartment and that I could by an access door for $35 bucks and install it myself, because all TT's are sold as is. That should've set off alarms then...but we were in a rush and really liked this trailer. Nothing like being foreclosed on to rush things along! Discovered more problems today, but will be a seperate thread!!!
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I agree seann, but I really got snookered on this deal. First of all they weren't a Jayco Dealer, just a used TT lot. I'm a total newbie at this, so the salesperson convinced me that it was just a storage compartment and that I could by an access door for $35 bucks and install it myself, because all TT's are sold as is. That should've set off alarms then...but we were in a rush and really liked this trailer. Nothing like being foreclosed on to rush things along! Discovered more problems today, but will be a seperate thread!!!
The salesman told you that the hole where the water heater used to be was a storage compartment and only need a door? Wow, what a sleazy character.
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