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Question DetailsAsked on 9/8/2016

How much should I pay to re route one gas line a couple of feet and hide it inside a closet out of sight?

Gas line extends from the ceiling of the kitchen supplying a water heater on the second floor. It is currently in the middle of my kitchen exposed looking like a stripper pole. It used to be hidden inside a wall but we removed the wall and discovered this gas line that needs to be re routed and hidden in a pantry closet.

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Depending on whether the pipe is accessible from below to allow rerouting into the closet wall (ideally from an open joist basement or crawlspace), could be from as little as probably around $250 to as much as $1000 or more, depending on how much repair is needed to drywall and flooring.

Plumber portion generally around $250 IF the wall is accessible from top and bottom (or with minor tearing into drywall) to be able to divert the pipe to the closet wall (or other suitable wall) for the connection to existing piping. If it means tearing into flooring and you have the plumber do that part, could be as much as $500-700 range depending on how hard the floor is to cut into (think concrete or tile for instance).

And repair of surfaces which he had to cut into could be as little as a DIY job for $25 or so on up to a couple hundred for a handyman to do some drywall repair and repainting, on up to $1000 or more if a decorative ceiling or finished flooring has to be cut into.

I would find a well-rated and reviewed plumber or two (gas fitter in a few Northeast states, though manyu plumbing outfits have at least one man with a gas fitting certificate/license in those areas) to come out and give you a bid - and bear in mind going up the pantry wall may not be the cheapest. It might well be cutting and abandoning that line and doing a new run to the attic from another location, or running that line outside and up the wall to the attic will be the minimally invasive solution - think outside the box for cases like this. IF running it up the outside wall (if allowed in your area) be sure he uses mounting clamps that set it off from the wall enough so you can get a protective sheet of plastic and a paintbrush in behind it, so you can paint the pipe to prevent rusting. Would be helpful if the pipe was pre-painted with metal primer and two coats of Rustoleum or similar exterior metal paint before he puts it up, but will need touchup in the future so leave enough room for that, using standoff brackets rather than flush clamps.

Bear in mind running it exposed in the closet (if even allowed in your area - not so in many) will be a negative come sale time, so unless cost is prohibitive I would conceal it in a wall or run it outside if possible.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


Thank you LCD I appreciate your input. Plumber will charge $400 to reroute the gas line and put it inside the pantry closet. I guess that is reasonable charge based on your input. Thank you for your fast response.

Answered 3 years ago by Buster2016

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