Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 24
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AchersAway Much easier than pipe
I'm old school and did a bunch of gas lines last year with black pips. This year I had to make some modifications and I thought to give this a try. I'm like you and was afraid it would be to difficult, need special tools or not even be safe. But I am wishing now I had done my whole house in this! It is easy, you have to be careful, same as pipe, you have to make sure you do it right, same as pipe. But there are less joints to seal so there is less chance of leaks. It is so flexible you can just bend it anywhere. You do have to take your time if you cut it, but compare to running to the hardware and getting pipe threaded every time it is a time saver! I'm looking forward to more fun with this running line out for my gas grill and for a heater in my garage!
April 20, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Kramer Won't pass leak test.
I put in a new tankless water heater and decided to use this product for the gas line. Ended up being one of the worst decisions I have ever made. The fittings don't leak to the point of smelling gas...but when the system is pressurized to test at 5 PSI(tubing rated pressure) or at code pressure(10 PSI) every fitting leaks. It does not matter how much the fittings are tightened. Most codes require that when performing a gas system pressure test, the pressure must hold 10 PSI for 15 minutes. With these fittings, I was loosing 1-2 PSI in 15 minutes. You won't detect the leaks with a cheapo $20 gas detector. But if using a good quality leak detector, every fitting will have a leak at the back side by the yellow jacket. I wasted about $200 on the tubing and fittings. I read all of the instructions and watched the installation videos before doing this project and certainly did want it to work out. I'd rather be safe than sorry so I'm ripping this stuff out and going back together again with regular steel piping. Which by the way, I found no leaks on the connections where I did use steel pipe. One last thing, if you want to purchase replacement sealing washers for the fittings they aren't available in the stores. Home Depot may want to consider a different vendor for CSST.
September 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by yojamey Huge Labor and Material $avings over Black Iron Pipe
Huge Labor and Material $avings over Black Iron Pipe
Each end needs a special threaded termination adapter that costs less than $10. The cut ends are very sharp and with a bit of care and following the directions the flex tubing was a huge labor-saving benefit
Bringing Gas to our fireplace was going to cost $1000 for 2 days of a plumber with helper to handle and I did the job myself, in an afternoon, for a tenth of that price and a bit of DIY labor.
April 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rusty Routing issues are a thing of the past.
Routing this flexible piping is the only way to go in certain applications. Feeding it up through the floor and into a kitchen cabinet that is under a gas cook top is one of them. I would have needed at least 3 elbows and a coupling with black pipe. I took plumbing in High School so threading black pipe isn't that hard but who has a pipe threader handy. Using this pipe will cut your installation time in half.
March 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by vicguyMN works
I like the look and quality of this tubing better than the other brand I have used in the past. The coating seems to be more durable, and just a higher quality than others
March 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rudy Quick and easy
This product is much more easier to use that steel pipes. The flexibile corrugated tubing allows you to quickly perform an installation. You do do not have to have exact lengths, bends and connectors. The end fittings require additional work but overall it is faster and easier. Getting the ring tight so that it does not move caused me to bend the circular corrugated metal tubing out of shape that I had to correct - the end must must be circular so that it is matches the soft circular gasket for a seal. Make sure that to get to the 62 lb ft. of torque in installing the fittings because this forces the flexible steel tubing into the soft gasket in the end fittings for a seal - check for leaking especially around the yellow jacket after installation. Installation was easy. Please note that Home-Flex and Alpha-Flex are from the same manufacturer. My local HD had Home-Flex tubing and Alpha-Flex fittings with no sign that you can use them together.
January 25, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Zane I have worked with this in the past
The previous review isn't exactly fair. I am sure there could have been user error. I have worked with this on many home in my past. Heck, I even have the scars to prove it. (This stuff can get ya if after you cut it, very sharp edges.)
It is much better than running black pipe all over a house. To get this to seal make sure you put enough Teflon and Teflon paste on before trying to screw the piece in.
January 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by homemaster Great way to pipe gas
We had a very convoluted gas pipe installation to accomplish. This flex tubing made the job ease! Great way to install a gas line.
February 10, 2015