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Old 10-23-2007, 10:07 AM   #1
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Underground Propane Gas Line Question


I have to dig/install a new propane gas line from my tank to the house and was wondering how deep this should be. Also, what kind of line? Should I put it in a bigger pipe or protective sleeve? Any appilicable info would help. The cows on my land crushed and broke the line so I have to run a new one. The house was homeowner build and concidering how half ass everything else is done, I dont trust to copy what he did, I want a proffesional opinion! Winters a-coming and my wife requested heat. Thanks, Chris
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Old 10-23-2007, 03:17 PM   #2
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I run mine atleast 18" deep with poly. I like to bed my gas lines with sand to protect it from rocks. Do not forget the tracer wire either.
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18 is good, but maybe 12 is all that's needed.

Steel pipe with that poly coating would be cow proof as anything could be.
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" Cows broke old one " Ever work around cows ? Muddy slope is deep !!!
Easy for Me , I have a back hoe. I'd go 3' around cows.

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how deep was the old pipe?
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It would not be hard to trench an extra foot or two to be on the safe side. I would guess they buried it shallow before. I've ran plenty of gas and water on farms without any call backs, but I've also sank up to my knee in the middle of a dirt road before after a heavy rain so it's possible for a cow to put a little weight on it.
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Now imagine the point load,on only, one hoof , maybe running.
I can see a break on a coupling,If It's at 18" of sloap. Don't miss the milking parlor, He He
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Well, d-rez said it was crushed, so I'm guessing it was close to the top and not metal.

There isn't a huge difference between 12 and 18 in terms of protecting the pipe. It does make a difference if it is a high maintenance line and you have to dig that sucker out every few years.

I imagine the tank is fairly close to the house, so a backhoe may not be the way.

Burying a gas pipe 36 is silly. I've seen it that deep when all they had was a 36 bucket.

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