Consider this scenario: you’ve installed your propane tank (all by yourself), and the only thing standing between you and the numerous advantages of propane use is the lack of a propane line to your home.
So, if you’re in this situation and you’re scoffing at the idea of letting the gas company run the line for you (you’re a self-proclaimed do-it-yourselfer! ), don’t worry just yet.
To run a propane line from your tank to your house, simply follow the procedures below:
How to run propane line from tank to house
Let’s start with the basics before we look at how to run propane line from tank to house on your own:
What type of plumbing should I use for this project?
To utilize propane safely and reliably, you need utilize the right pipe.
While rigid black steel piping has been the standard for years, CSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing) pipes are becoming increasingly popular among professionals.
CSST pipe is a high-strength tubing system that can be easily routed inside the house and includes quick-to-assemble connectors for leak-tight seals.
However, to safeguard your entire house from potential lightning strikes, make sure it’s bonded according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
A ground wire is connected directly to any CSST nut or to the rigid propane gas piping just before the CSST tubing in most cases.
Quick Tip: Because code requirements vary by location, consult your local building code if you’re unsure whether or not to use a particular type of tubing.
Make sure you have the right size propane gas line
Another crucial aspect of pipe selection is ensuring that you select the suitable gas line size for the application.
To make a long tale short, the pipe must be sufficiently large – this simply means that the size you choose must be able to feed enough propane to connected appliances for them to run efficiently even when they are all on at the same time.
The sizing tables supplied in standard gas codes are the best way to identify the optimal pipe size.
How deep should a propane line be buried underground?
If the line is to be run underground, a depth of 12 to 18 inches is normally considered suitable.
This is deemed deep enough to protect the entire setup, and the exact depth is determined by the density/type of traffic that typically passes through the area, as well as the topography.
It’s worth noting that your local building code may provide information on the recommended depth for your area.
Quick Tip: Corrosion protection is often required for gas piping lines that come into contact with materials that may corrode the pipe. CSST piping must never be buried below ground without being protected by a sealed, nonmetallic conduit.
Make a rough sketch
Prepare a schematic from your building design showing the exact positions of the appliances the propane line will supply, the load demands for each appliance, system pressure, and available piping routes and required lengths before routing the tubing.
The load requirements of the appliance can be found on the manufacturer’s nameplate (on the appliance).
With the drawing, you can make sure you have the proper tubing and equipment for the work and avoid having to make costly changes later.
It will also be simpler to make other critical judgments.
For example, based on the location of the propane appliance(s), it’s easy to determine the ideal area to drill the hole the line will pass through while entering into the home.
Step-by-step instructions on how to run a propane line from a tank to a home
Here’s how to run a propane line from the tank to your residence on your own:
Step 1: Lay out all of your pipework.
You cut/thread the individual sections as needed after measuring out all of the necessary pipes according to the drawing.
Apply pipe dope or another appropriate sealer (which keeps threads sealed) before proceeding to avoid possible leaks.
Step 2: Make a hole in the ground (through the wall)
Drill a large enough hole in the wall using a drill bit of appropriate length (all the way).
Drill at the location you marked on the line when you sketched it.
Fix the pipe to the tank in step three.
The initial end of the piping should be connected to the propane tank.
In most situations, the right fittings on the end (of the pipe) are snugly screwed to the aperture (on top of the propane tank).
Step 4: Put the pipework in place.
Next, run the line from the propane tank in the yard all the way into the home through the previously drilled hole in the wall.
Don’t forget to bury or secure the pipe as needed.
Step 5: Connect the appliances to the pipe
The next step is to connect the pipework to the propane-powered device that will be used.
There are no hard and fast rules here; you might, for example, use a threaded fixture/fitting and Teflon tape to connect the pipe to the appliance.
Step 6: Caulk the crack in the wall.
Spraying expanding foam insulation into the pipe’s entry point (to your residence) can be done.
Tips on how to run a propane line from the tank to the house
Keep the following in mind if you’re running the propane line yourself:
• Permits may be necessary.
Before beginning this type of line project, most jurisdictions require a permit. Check the code in your area.
• Prioritize your safety.
Immediately after the installation, inspect the gas lines, fittings, and all propane-fired equipment for leaks (should, at the worst, be done before your first use).
• Purchase of new appliances
It may be necessary to run a new line from the meter to add a new propane-fueled appliance to your system, especially if no arrangements for additional appliances were made when the current line was installed.
How much does it cost to run a propane gas line from the tank to the house?
The usual cost varies depending on the type of pipes, permits, the job’s intricacy, the distance between your propane tank and your home, the fittings required, and other factors.
If you’d rather have your local propane company handle the task for you, HomeAdvisor.com recommends budgeting anywhere from $15 to $25 (per linear foot).
For professional installations, the national average is around $20 (per foot).
Last but not least,
Propane safety necessitates a properly installed and secure connection between the propane tank outside the home and the appliances.
Follow the steps in this guide to run a new propane line from the tank to the house properly and securely, and enjoy the many advantages of this versatile fuel source at home.