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Gas line Code

lchmb Member Posts: 2,997
Depending on the area you may also be required to run a tracer wire for the gas line. Check with your code enforcerment officer for requirements.


  • Bob White
    Bob White Member Posts: 3
    Gas Line

    I have a two car detached garage that sits 30ft away from my house. If I run a gas line from my house to the garage, does anyone know if the pipe has to be buried under ground or not? If so, how deep? If not, can it just lay on the ground exposed?
  • jim lockard
    jim lockard Member Posts: 1,059

    Virginia they would require a gas line to be buried 2 feet below grade. No you could not just lay a gas line across the ground. J.Lockard
  • Bob White
    Bob White Member Posts: 3

    Thanks Jim, i'm in ny and the thing is, between my house and the garage, i have a cement patio and the pipe runs along the side of the patio and i'm not sure if it should be buried.
  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    you might also consider...

    six inches above the line to lay some 1X6 in the ditch and about six inches higher tie a warning tape to one end of the line that is exposed at the meter and run it on top of that and then back fill it another foot and compact it a bit and mound the dirt over it a bit for the inevitable self leveling of the ground that will occur in the spring.
  • jim lockard
    jim lockard Member Posts: 1,059

    with your inspector he may let you run the gas line above ground on blocks as long as it is protected. J.Lockard
  • Bob White
    Bob White Member Posts: 3

    Thanks, i'll try that.
  • Anthony Menafro
    Anthony Menafro Member Posts: 197
    Black pipe

    In N.J., if you run black iron pipe uderground, it must be coated to protect it from oxidation. If you run Poly, it must have a yellow tracer wire at least 18 guage running the entire length of the piping. If you run corrogated stainless steel flexible pipe, it must also be protected from oxidation and if you enter either structure(your home or garage) from underground, you MUST vent the sleeving to the outside of the structure that it enters.You must always stay at least 18 inches below grade.

    Anthony Menafro
  • Bob_68
    Bob_68 Member Posts: 1

    I'm told the pipe has to be buried 18" unless it runs along a structure. In my case, it runs alone the foot of the foundation of my house then on side of the cement patio and into the garage. The patio stretches from the house to the garage. I just might be able to convince the town to allow me to leave it above ground. Still woring on it...

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