Research shows that a fireplace can increase the value of a home. When a fireplace malfunctions, it may be necessary to replace it or the homeowner may just want to improve the appearance of a room. A fireplace makes an especially nice (and very functional) touch when added to a bedroom or finished basement. When a ventless model is selected, there is no need to cut holes for a vent pipe in the ceiling.
You will need:
• Ventless natural gas fireplace
• Joint compound
• Natural gas black pipe and pipe fittings
• Pressure gauge with air hose fitting
• Bicycle pump
• Pipe wrench
• Crescent wrench
• Joint union (possibly)
• T fitting (possibly)
• Soapy water
• Tape measure
Step 1: Choose the location for the fireplace and plot the path of the pipe to connect with an existing natural gas line. Record measurements taken by using the tape measure.
Step 2: Look online and in stores to find the desired size and style of fireplace. These come in wood, stone, and even marble. They feature different sizes and types of faux log baskets, doors, and artistic designs.
Step 3: Purchase the correct diameter of black natural gas pipe to run gas to the unit. Many hardware stores will cut and thread this pipe at no charge in the measurements that fit your needs.
Step 4: Thread the pipe from the fireplace unit to the gas source. Use enough joint compound to ensure a tight seal. Inquire in the plumbing department of a hardware store to find out which type of compound is recommended for the job. Do all the threading but do not attach the pipe to the gas line.
Step 5: Close the nearest gas valve and if necessary, install the T fitting to tap the new line into the existing one.
Step 6: Attach the pressure gauge to the end of the new pipe. Pump up pressure to a level of at least 15 psi, using the bicycle pump.
Step 7: Monitor the gauge to determine if pressure is lost. If it is, the leak must be identified. Place the soapy water on one joint at a time, keeping an eye out for bubbles that appear. Tighten the fitting or pipe with the crescent or pipe wrench until bubbles stop forming. Re-test the area as necessary until steady pressure is held for a minimum of ten minutes.
Step 8: Remove the pressure gauge. Attach the new line to the existing line. A joint union will be required for a male to mail connection. Half of this union should be attached to the small male line running from the T fitting and the other half should be attached to the new line. Use the large nut to connect the two halves.