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Question DetailsAsked on 7/11/2014

What is the average cost for a plummer to change and or reposition the gas line for a gas stove?

I just purchased a new stove that is replacing a very old stove, however the old stove had an opening that allowed the stove to be placed back up against the wall. The new stove doesn't have an opening like that and the stove sticks out. I have been told that a plumber needs to change the position of the gas line so that it would enable the stove to be pushed back against the wall and align with the counter.

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If open underneath the floor (open crawlspace or basement), or if just running a couple of elbows to get it out of the way would solve the problem, then probably about $150 range, plus or minus about $50 depending on your local labor charges. If has to be relocated in the floor and there is a finished ceiling below, then could be about that amount plus you would then have to DIY or hire a contractor to repair the couple of foot square hole in the ceiling and repaint the ceiling, which could run a oneor two hundred $ more if drywall, of course more potentially if fancy decorative ceiling.


Before you jump into doing this though, check the manual that came with your range for a diagram showing what the required distance from the back of the stove to the wall is for fire safety - most require at least one inch, and commonly from 1-6 inches from combustible materials (if not fire-rated drywall), so it may be that your range cannot safely (or buy code) go any further back anyway. Older ranges commonly had a recess for the gas valve and connection, but that was done away with because of too many fires due to ranges overheating the walls or overheating the valve and tubing that was recessed in the stove, so now ranges have to have a specified minimum airgap behind them.


Also, newer ranges tend to be a few inches deeper than those of the 80's and before, so you may be stuck with the stickout in that case too. Do some measurements after you read the installation manual.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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