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.