ugh! gas pipe is preventing range install!

calypsochickAugust 31, 2010

We have a problem with our range being flush against the wall. Right now it is sitting forward 4 inches.

We have a gas pipe that is coming out of the wall, going through our cabinets, making a U-turn, and ending at the shut-off valve. Both the pipe and the valve are preventing the range from sitting flush up against the wall. What is the remedy here?! We think the plumber may be able to move the shut off valve over to be inside the cabinet to the left of the range. That will gain us an inch. But then the pipe that is coming out of the wall is there, still blocking! Someone had mentioned removing the backing to the Wolf range and gaining more space that way. But that sounds incredibly scary and wrong to me. Has anyone encountered this problem? We are in a NYC co-op building from the 50s. And I can't believe no one saw this coming. But that's another story. Thanks!!

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Don't remove the range backing, that's part of the firestop/heat shield.

Hire a plumbing professional to recess it into the wall, no big deal here.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 7:17PM
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Really? It's possible to recess this pipe? And do you mean cut out a channel/bed in the wall for this to be pushed into?


    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 8:01PM
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Yup, open up wall, notch or bore studs, run steel gas pipe or CSST through them, protecting with striker plates, exiting where you desire, drywall over hole(s).

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 10:35PM
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You may not even need to get special, extra approval from your co-op board, as long as a licensed plumber does it. Personally, I wouldn't bring it up to them. Just do it.

It's totally, totally safe. (How did it get up to your floor in the first place, right? Through the walls, natch!)

    Bookmark   September 8, 2010 at 1:36PM
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