My gas stove is from the late 60's and I want to remove it. It is flush against the back wall and I can't see what type of gas connection it uses - flexible pipe or hard ( rigid) pipe. How do I find out? If it uses a rigid gas connection, how do I disconnect it?
I can't believe noone has answered this for you yet. You've probably already gotten this taken care of but if not or, for anyone else who may need the help do this. It's going to get long winded but safety first so I'll try to cover all of the bases.
First, just try to pull it out away from the wall a bit. It might be a little stubborn after all, it has sat in the same spot for quite a while. It should pull out at least enough to get a peek behind it. Look behind and see if there is a flexible connector or a loop of copper tubing and follow that to the floor and try to determine if there is a shut off valve down there. It may be easier to use a hand mirror at this point. If it is a flexible connector that is original to the unit don't move it any further. Find where the gas line comes from and see if there is another shut off valve. If you have a basement, go under the unit and see if there is one on the line down there and turn it off. It should have a lever or a knob that is pointing parallel to the line. Give it a quarter turn so it is perpendicular to the gas line. If this is the old bronze type you may need to use a large plier or an adjustable wrench to get it to turn. When replacing the range, replace that valve with a brand new ball vlave. The old bronze ones usually leak after they are disturbed. That's a different project. If you cannot find a secondary shut off, turn off the gas at the meter or tank. The reason for this extra caution is that if it is a flexible connector from that time it will either be brass or aluminum and because of age it may very likely break when you are pulling out the range. These must be replaced any time you find one, they are totally unsafe. The new approved ones are stainless steel. If the supply leading to the range is a loop of copper tubing it should be safe to pull out but finding that secondary valve is still good practice regardless. Remove the burner grates and pans and lift the top. Some will lift right up, others will have a latch system or lock screws. Look around the edge for screws first that might look like they are holding the top down and remove one and lift on the top near that point. If it lifts take the other out etc. More common is a tab that is behind the seam between the top and front face. Take a stiff putty knife and slide it in the seam near the corner. If it goes in about 1/4" and hits something, push against it, if you feel it move slightly, lift up on the top with your other hand and see if it will pop up. If it does, do the same thing in the other corner and you are open. There might even be a prop rod inside along with a lot of dirt, crud and goo. There might be a single latch in the center, you'll have to kind of figure that part out on your own. Now, with the top open generally, the line will enter at the left rear as you face the range and connect to the unit. This is where it is to be disconnected. Use two wrenches, one to hold the fitting on the range and the other to unscrew the flare nut. That's it. Remember to shut off the gas supply to the unit before doing anything and then go kind of slow and determine what you have for connections, get the top open and use two wrenches to loosen the fittings. If you have copper tubing for a connector, that can be re-used if you wish but if it is the old style brass or aluminum flexible connector, it has to go and be redone with either copper tubing or an approved stainless steel flexible connector.
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