Gas line to porch

We installed all the gas lines early on in the project. That includes a supply to the 1st and 2nd floor kitchens for the gas stoves.

Cathy and I discussed the option to extend the gas line a few feet out to the back porch. That would allow us to have a stove on the porch where we could do our summer cooking. This way we avoid dumping extra heat into the conditioned living space on the dog days of summer.

In the end, we decided against the extension, but left a connection, in case we change our mind in the future.

Guess what! It didn’t take us long to change our minds. After a couple of days of 100+ degrees, days when you don’t even want to boil water for your coffee in the morning, I borrowed the big masonry drill from our electrician, Percy Harrison, and went to work to get that gas line extended into the porch.

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I installed an additional shut-off valve just before the pipe exits the building. This way we can cut the gas supply once we are done cooking on the porch for the summer, and keep everything safe.

I also made sure to seal the pipe section that extends through the masonry wall to the back porch with spray foam. After all, we would like to keep our building envelope as airtight as possible.

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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