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clearance from gas meter and regulator #215031 02/23/15 10:28 PM
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Am I correct that there is no regulation concerning the proximity of an outdoor receptacle to a gas meter/regulator?

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Re: clearance from gas meter and regulator [Re: triple] #215037 02/24/15 05:47 AM
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Locally, a gas Service and an electric Service have to stay three-feet away from each other.

I can't say as I've EVER run across the issue.

But then, I work the commercial side of the street.

I'm always surprised about what's gotten by residential inspection.

... and service call 'improvements'...



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Re: clearance from gas meter and regulator [Re: triple] #215040 02/24/15 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by triple
Am I correct that there is no regulation concerning the proximity of an outdoor receptacle to a gas meter/regulator?


No, you need 3 feet of clearance from the regulator vent in any direction. This is a Gas Code Regulation.

Here is one Gas Companies rules...

https://pse.com/accountsandservices/Construction/Documents/3885.pdf

Page 4 has electrical specs...

I once had a situation where we couldn't get the full 3ft of clearance for a utility meter and the plumber piped the vent away from the regulator to comply.




Re: clearance from gas meter and regulator [Re: triple] #215043 02/24/15 01:35 PM
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I see that there is some variation in requirements from place to place.

Some places would consider a receptacle as a possible source of a spark. Others would not worry.

Some places would measure from the regulator, while some rules speak of the entire assembly.

And, of course, requirements have changed over time. For example, Reno, Nv., used to require the gas meter and the electric meter to be clustered together today there is a separation requirement. This detail can greatly complicate service changes.

Isn't it amazing how utilities have no problem posting their standards on the internet for free access- while the NFPA screams that no codes are possible unless they have a legal monopoly? Hmmm .... but I wander laugh

Re: clearance from gas meter and regulator [Re: triple] #215046 02/24/15 05:27 PM
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It is interesting that the International Gas Code says this in reference to roof top installations

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306.5.2 Electrical requirements. A receptacle outlet shall be provided at or near the appliance location in accordance with NFPA 70. [M]


I don't see anything about clearance


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Re: clearance from gas meter and regulator [Re: triple] #215049 02/24/15 09:27 PM
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That would be the appliance, not the gas service.

Where it might matter is in your placement of the A/C disconnect and service receptacle, in relation to the gas service.

Re: clearance from gas meter and regulator [Re: triple] #215050 02/24/15 10:13 PM
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That was all I found but I will keep looking.
The gas code is written like the NEC but different. Things don't just jump out at you. Anyone have an article number?

I have not seen it discussed around here.


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Re: clearance from gas meter and regulator [Re: triple] #215054 02/25/15 12:09 AM
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I have seen the regulation in Gas Company specifications rather than code. Most that you can review online specify 3 feet of clearance from sources of ignition.


Re: clearance from gas meter and regulator [Re: triple] #215055 02/25/15 12:11 AM
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Or maybe...

National Fuel Gas Code 54-5.7.2.3

Re: clearance from gas meter and regulator [Re: triple] #215059 02/25/15 02:25 AM
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5.7.2.3 Gas meters shall be located at least 3 ft (0.9 m) from sources of ignition


I am not sure that means "receptacle".


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