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A Step-by-Step Guide to set up correct a LP Gas installation

When setting up a LP Gas installation with cylinders and regulators there are a lot of things that can go wrong.

A certified plumber or gas fitter is usually aware of dangers and would avoid the following bad installations.

The LP Gas installations below are bad examples and should not be copied. These pictures should be an examples how NOT to install, set up or use them.

Always make sure getting a certified plumber or gas fitter is involved and handle LP Gas carefully and with respect.

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In this example the LP Gas installation has the following issues:

  1. The cylinder should not stand on sole.
  2. It is not permitted to fix the regulator on a fence.
  3. The regulator always has to be fixed on the same level or higher than the cylinder valve.

How to make it better?

For example you might want to think about:

  • Put the cylinders on a fixed installation on the ground. This can either be a piece of concrete of concrete itself. Make sure the cylinders are on the same level and stand straight.
  • Mount the regulator on a wall this can either be for example the wall of a house where you have your installation, in the cylinder compartment of a caravan or on the structure of a boat.
  • To avoid that any plasticizer in the cylinder or from pigtails goes back into the regulator and causes damage, mount the regulator on a higher level or the same level as the valve of the cylinder.
  • You can position the installation under a roof or build for the regulator to protect it from water and dirt a safe construction.

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In this example the LP Gas installation has the following issues:

  1. The cylinder should not stand on sole.
  2. It is not permitted to fix the regulator on a fence.
  3. The regulator always has to be fixed on the same level or higher than the cylinder valve.
  4. Only one bottle is connected.

How to make it better?

For example you might want to think about:

  • Put the cylinders on a fixed installation on the ground. This can either be a piece of concrete of concrete itself. Make sure the cylinders are on the same level and stand straight.
  • Mount the regulator on a wall this can either be for example the wall of a house where you have your installation, in the cylinder compartment of a caravan or on the structure of a boat.
  • To avoid that any plasticizer in the cylinder or from pigtails goes back into the regulator and causes damage, mount the regulator on a higher level or the same level as the valve of the cylinder.
  • When you only want to use one bottle for your appliances change the regulator to a single regulator. Don’t leave one pigtail unconnected as it can leak and cause danger. Usually it is very easy to change regulators. You basically need to unscrew the pigtails and copper gas pipe from the old regulator, unscrew it from the wall and reverse the procedure for the new regulator. Only experienced and certified gas plumbers or gas fitters should do that!

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In this example the LP Gas installation has the following issues:

  1. The cylinders should not stand on sole.
  2. The bottle have to be on the same level
  3. It is not permitted to fix the regulator on a fence.
  4. The regulator always has to be fixed on the same level or higher than the cylinder valve.

How to make it better?

For example you might want to think about:

  • Put the cylinders on a fixed installation on the ground. This can either be a piece of concrete of concrete itself. Make sure the cylinders are on the same level and stand straight.
  • These two bottles in our example picture don’t stand straight obviously. There is a danger that they can fall over and cause massive harm.
  • Mount the regulator on a wall this can either be for example the wall of a house where you have your installation, in the cylinder compartment of a caravan or on the structure of a boat.
  • To avoid that any plasticizer in the cylinder or from pigtails goes back into the regulator and causes damage, mount the regulator on a higher level or the same level as the valve of the cylinder.

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In this example the LP Gas installation has the following issues:

  • The regulator is not permitted to be directly connected to the cylinder. Pigtails between the cylinder and the regulator have to be installed.

How to make it better?

For example you might want to think about:

  • There are some regulators that are allowed to be screwed directly into the LP Gas bottle. The one on the picture is not one of them. Talk to your gas plumber or gas fitter to find out what kind of regulator you have and how it has to be installed.

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In this example the LP Gas installation has the following issues:

  1. The regulator always has to be fixed on the same level or higher than the cylinder valve.
  2. The gas installation has to be away from any openings and never be mounted as close
  3. The gas cylinder should not stand on an unstable construction.

How to make it better?

For example you might want to think about:

  • To avoid that any plasticizer in the cylinder or from pigtails goes back into the regulator and causes damage, mount the regulator on a higher level or the same level as the valve of the cylinder.
  • The gas installation is too close to a window. In general exchange cylinders have to be 1000m away from a door, 150mm away if it is standing underneath an openable window and 1000mm away from a pit or drain or an air vent or opening.
  • The cylinder should either stand on concrete on the floor or a concrete plate or should be fixed on a stable installation where the cylinder can be placed.
  • Make sure the cylinders are on the same level and stand straight. Otherwise there is a danger that the cylinder can fall over and cause harm.
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