Whew! Dryer Installed!

Well, that’s a relief. Just finished installing the gas dryer. It works, too.

When I went to Home and Rural, looking for a new gas dryer, he said… “Aw. Install it yourself. Since you already had a gas dryer, it’s easy!”. And I thought, gee, you’re right. It’s just a pipe supplying gas.

But of course, there’s always a hickup. After the dryer arrived, I noticed I had two male ends, and needed a female (hey!! kinky!). So I went to Home Depot with part of the gas pipe, so I could be sure I had the right fit. The guy flipped a bit — I think it was because I was a girl, and girls obviously can’t hook up a dryer. But he especially hated the fact that part of the pipe used for the old dryer was galvanized, and that’s usually used for water, not gas. I said, “So, what? Will it explode or something?” He said, “Ya… I certainly wouldn’t use it”, and sold me another part to replace it. As I left he called… “You know how to test the line for leaks?!?!” “Ya, ya. Liquid soap.”

After I got home, I tried to get the galvanized piece of pipe off, but couldn’t. Even Reid tried – there’s no way it’s coming off. After numerous internet searches about whether or not to use galvanized pipe for gas, I found no warnings. In fact, I found that one US state must use black pipe or galvanized pipe for gas. That’s enough for me, it’s safe.

So I cleaned out and attached all the vent piping, attached the gas line, plugged it in and turned it on. Ok, so maybe I quickly left the room and hid behind the door until I heard the gas ignite and the dryer not explode. But it’s done. Absolutely unimpressive. I’m just glad I didn’t shell out yet more cash to pay someone to do something so simple. And I’m sure Reid didn’t mind all the swearing that went on as I fought with the pipes.

2 thoughts on “Whew! Dryer Installed!”

  1. I think the Home Depot man was concerned that you were using two different types of metal, not that one of them is galvanized. When you have two different types of metal, they tend to corrode each other. I think it has to do with ions or something like that. Try looking that up on the Internet. I’d be glad to be proven wrong, so let me know what you find.
    –Thomas
    (found your site through Debbie’s “I love Luisa” posting on blatherings)

  2. Interesting.. don’t know much about that. (If he did know about it, the Home Depot man could have explained that to me!)

    Here’s something I did find on the Internet (a little difficult to understand):
    http://www.freepapers.net/essays/Corrosion_and_Rusting.science.shtml

    I’ve also seen some sites mention a problem when joining metal parts with screws of a different type of metal. I think, too, that some other corrosive element might have to be present: water, or something? As in this quote about corrosion:

    “Dissimilar metals in the presence of a conducting liquid, known as the electrolyte, develop an electrical potential that causes a current to flow whenever a suitable path is provided.”

    The above was from this site:
    http://irc.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/cbd/cbd020e.html

    Well, that’s enough digging for today!! I’ll keep an eye on the two different pipes, but I don’t think I have much to worry about.

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