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Question DetailsAsked on 1/12/2015

Do I need a certified plumber to replace outside gas line? What is good price for 70feet in Pittsburgh PA?or can

Had a leak/crack in pipe near gas meter and was told line needs to be replaced from road to house. Hopefully can just snake it through old line. Just had two quotes, one from plumber is three times as much as one from an excavating company. Just want to make sure I am doing the right thing.

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Yes, at least to make the connections - or in the few areas requiring that, a Gas Fitter (plumbers will be able to tell you if they are licensed for that).

Another place to get a quote - the gas company - many will do new installs at a reasonable fixed price.

I very seriously doubt (and would not do it if you could) that you willl be able to snake new tubing through an old black iron pipe - even if it goes through, that makes for a poor environment for the tubing, and a break in the metal pipe would then put a sharp metal edge on the tubing - asking for a failure, in my opinion.

You did not say what kind of price you got - I would guess about $5/LF if in thawed ground (without any tunnelling under sidewalk or drive), maybe 50-100% more if hard frozen.

I would guess the excavator is planning on digging a parallel trench, then having the gas company do the actual install - but make sure his price includes the entire replacement, including hookup and rebuying the line and any sidewalk/drive repair as needed. Plumber probably figured his cost to run line and do hookup at metear, gas company connection at street, and a subcontracted excavation company doing the ditching. I would get another quote or two, after clarifying with gas compnay how much they will do and for how much.

Be sure to check the latter - because in many areas everything on the street side of the meter (including meter) belongs to the gas company and is their responsibility to maintain/replace - so might cost you nothing if they do it.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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