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Is This Gas Installation Really Safe???
National Grid is replacing 1940's gas mains on my street and sleeving house services with yellow plastic pipe. It seems most of the house meters are being moved from the basement to the outside. Problem is, my gas comes in right next to the front door of the house, and the meter would look pretty ugly.
The contractor said, no problem, we can leave the meter where it is. What I didn't realize until I got home for work and they were finishing up is that the old low pressure services are now converted to 60 psi supply in the plastic pipe. I now have a regulator in the basement and 60 psi of gas before it steps it down to .7 inches or so. They did run a vent from the regulator to outside and install an new curb valve shutoff at the grassy strip.
Now I'm second-guessing myself and kind of wish the meter and regulator was outside. Any experts see danger in this type of installation installed in the basement?
On a side note, the meter is a Itron data logging "smart meter" that can be read remotely....wonder what type of info they can snoop out of my daily usage.