Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gas Line Connected

Gas Line Trenched from the Street to the House

The Trench has a Sand Base Ready for the Line

Gas Company Workers Connecting the Line

The Line (black) is Laid in with Wire (yellow) to make it easy to find
 After the Line is In they Cover it with More Sand

The Yellow Tape, which is left in the Trench, is an Early Warning to Any Digging

And the Yard is brought back to Normal. Relatively Speaking

And the Meter is Installed
We’re fortunate enough to have gas pass by our house out in the street and have decided to connect to it for our heating, hot water and cooking. Over the past few weeks we’ve been watching the progress of the line installation. It takes more than a few days because of all of the steps required and the necessary inspections.
The trench has to be the right depth with a base of sand. Then the line has to be laid with a heavy wire so a metal detector can find it if needed. Then it is connected to the street and the house. After that a cover of sand is placed over the line. Then yellow tape is laid over the sand so that if any one starts digging they’ll be forewarned that digging a little more could result in being removed from everyone’s Christmas present list. Lastly, as far as trench work goes, they then put top soil over it all.
Once that’s all done and all inspections have been passed, they bring in the meter and connect it. Then there is work to be done in the house. But that’s another day. All told, it’s taken about three weeks from trenching to gas meter.
We’re happy that it’s now all connected. With the upcoming cold weather, they will stop doing the installs once the ground freezes. Fortunately we’ve beat that and we’re now ready for a cozy house in the winter.
Enjoy your day.


  1. Looks to me like the also did an initial digging for your plantings-to-be. Can you take advantage of that?

    1. I've started a couple of gardens on the perimeter. But they were done mostly as staging points for plants that I've picked up or had sent to me (your's!). I still have a lot of fill to bring in so most yard work won't happen until the spring. Good idea for a blog post though. Thanks.

  2. Good idea to bury that tape. Do you have DIG SAFE in RI?

    1. I think the tape may be required by code. I know they buried a red one in the electrical trench.

      Yes, Dig Safe is in RI as well. They've been really good and helped find an abandoned gas line when we were doing the demo. The best part (other than finding buried lines) about Dig Safe is that there is no charge for their services. It is always worth the wait to have them check for buried lines.