“I found this amazing Western Holly gas range, fully restored, and knew I had to have it for my place,” Tina said. “So I bought it on the spot.” She smiled. “And only then did I start thinking about the logistics.” Getting the stove to her NYC home was the first challenge. “I really wasn’t sure what was involved with taking out the old stove and having the new stove installed.”
Friends tried to assure Tina that she could make the swap on her own, but she wasn’t so sure. “I’m not exactly comfortable working with gas,” she said. “One little leak could put you in a dangerous situation. I don’t want to blow myself up because I have no idea what I’m doing.”
She also wasn’t sure if her rental agreement allowed for DIY installations of gas appliances. “Considering how strict the terms are in some other areas,” Tina said, “I figured I’d better check. Sure enough, there was language in there strictly requiring the use of a licensed professional.”
Tina called her NYC plumber and explained she needed an appliance hook up. “As part of that process,” Tina explained, “they inspected the old gas lines and whatever fittings were still staying in place to make sure everything was safe and up to code.” Over time, gas lines can develop tiny holes and leaks for a number of reasons, ranging from exposure to the elements to friction against nearby materials. If that’s the case, those gas lines need to be replaced. However, in Tina’s building, the gas lines were relatively new and in good repair. The installation was done quickly and professionally.
“I love my new stove!” Tina said. “I’m so happy my NYC plumber could help me make it happen!”