Things you should know...


How can I get temporary heat during a power outage? You could have a generator installed for thousands of dollars. A more reasonable approach would be to have a gas log installed in your fireplace. Don't have a fireplace? Why not try a gas room heater? Both of these supply heat when the electric is off. You can get this peace of mind for hundreds NOT thousands of dollars. So stay warm until the electric comes back on. Give us a call and we'll take care of the rest...Experience you can trust

Did you know that using a plastic vent on a gas dryer is against code? As lint catches in the folds of the vent, it causes a fire hazard. Flame from your gas dryer's main burner can ignite this lint and burn right through the plastic, unrestrained causing a house fire. A metal vent of the correct size needs to be installed using approved methods. Need help? Give us a call and we'll take care of the rest...

Corrugated stainless steel tubing (csst) is a modern marvel that replaces ridged steel pipe. It carries gas through your building to all your gas equipment. This product greatly reduces labor costs by eliminating pipe threading and many fittings. As always, we're tested and certified on this great product. Whether you need gas run to one new appliance or a whole building, give us a call...

I "sank the tank." That's what you'll tell the neighbors when you buy a new gas BBQ and have it hooked up to natural gas. No more tanks to hold you hostage to their running empty in the middle of grilling. No more hauling that heavy, awkward tank to a filling station. Natural gas never runs out and is always ready to grill. So call us to pipe gas to your new BBQ. Then, tell everyone, "I sank the tank."

What are some of the dangers associated with chimneys in older homes? Most older homes have bare brick chimneys. This means there is no liner to protect that mortar that holds the chimney together. Acid laden moisture that's produced by your furnace may be eating away your chimney. Holes develop that could allow carbon monoxide to enter your home. The solution is to have a liner installed in the chimney. This isolates the carbon monoxide and sends it up and out of your home. Give us a call for a free inspection of your chimney.

Repairing an indoor gas leak:

After you've called your gas supplier and they have made the situation safe, its time for repair. What do you really know about natural gas? Think about it and ask yourself these questions before diving in and making a mess of things:

    1. How much build-up of gas is in your house?
    2. Do you know the explosive range of natural gas?
    3. How much heat does it take to ignite natural gas?
    4. Is natural gas heavier or lighter than air?
    5. How much pressure are you dealing with in the building?
    6. Should you bond the pipes you'll be cutting to prevent a spark?
    7. If you're going to do an air pressure test, how much pressure will you use?
    8. What is the maximum pressure that valves in furnaces, water heaters, ranges and etc.can withstand before being ruined?
    9. What type of joint compound should you use?
    10. What type of manual valve never holds up against a pressure test?
    11. How will you stop the gas flow?
    12. Will your home owner's insurance cover you if things go wrong?
    13. How do you line up your piping properly?
    14. What fittings are the correct fittings for your particular situation?
    15. Have you been tested & certified to install flexible pipe? or are you just going to risk it?
    16. Where and when can you use plastic pipe?
    17. What type of plastic has to be used with natural gas?
    18. Where can you acquire specialized compression gas fittings?
    19. How far do you cut those threads when threading pipe?
    20. What type of pipe is allowed for natural gas piping use in buildings?
    21. If your installation fails, how will you deal with the consequences???

Repairing an Outdoor Gas Leak

Extreme care must be taken when fixing a gas leak. Some leaks have hidden dangers. If you were to accidentally cut a plastic service or fuel line & gas was leaking out creating a howling noise. Your first inclination may be to bend the pipe over and stop the noise, smell & danger that you've inadvertently created for your family & neighbors. Don't do it! Static electricity from the flowing gas could ignite the gas and you'd be on the receiving end of a blow torch. What you don't know about natural gas can kill you! The correct course of action would be to call your gas supplier immediately for help in coming up with a safe solution. For repairs on private property gas lines call Natural Gas Experts. We have experienced, trained professionals who know how to handle natural gas safely.

If you are considering installing your own natural gas lines, ask yourself these questions first:


    1. What does my gas load consist of?
    2. How large of a pipe do I need?
    3. Will I have one pressure or more than one?
    4. What's the current pressure for this gas equipment?
    5. Will my gas equipment's warranty be voided if I use the wrong pressure?
    6. What protection do my pipes need from corrosion?
    7. What protection do my pipes need from lighting?
    8. If you need to dig down in the ground, what's the first critical step?
    9. How deep do you have to bury the gas line to satisfy code?
    10. How will you ever find that plastic line in the future when the grass has grown over your ditch line?
    11. Most of all, if your installation fails, how will you deal with the consequences???

Time/Temperature Relationship in Scalds

Water Temperature
Time to Produce a Serious Burn
More than 5 minutes
1-1/2 to 2 minutes
About 30 seconds
About 10 seconds
Less than 5 seconds
Less than 3 seconds
About 1-1/2 seconds
About 1 second
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