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WAC 296-307-41039

What requirements apply to LP-gas in buildings?

(1) Vapor may be piped into buildings at pressures over 20 psig only if the buildings or separate areas thereof:
(a) Are constructed according to this section;
(b) Are used exclusively to house equipment for vaporization, pressure reduction, gas mixing, gas manufacturing, or distribution, or to house internal combustion engines, industrial processes, research and experimental laboratories, or equipment and processes using such gas and having similar hazard;
(c) Are buildings, structures, or equipment under construction or undergoing major renovation.
(2) Liquid may be permitted in buildings as follows:
(a) In buildings, or separate areas of buildings, used exclusively to house equipment for vaporization, pressure reduction, gas mixing, gas manufacturing, or distribution, or to house internal combustion engines, industrial processes, research and experimental laboratories, or equipment and processes using such gas and having similar hazard; and when such buildings, or separate areas are constructed according to this section.
(b) In buildings, structures, or equipment under construction or undergoing major renovation if the temporary piping meets the following conditions:
(i) Liquid piping inside the building meets the requirements of WAC 296-307-41021 and is a maximum of three-fourths iron pipe size. Copper tubing with an outside diameter of 3/4 inch or less may be used if it meets the requirements of Type K of Specifications for Seamless Water Tube, ANSI H23.1-1970 (ASTM B88-1969). (See Table U-2.) All such piping must be protected against construction hazards. Liquid piping inside buildings must be kept to a minimum. Such piping must be securely fastened to walls or other surfaces to provide adequate protection from breakage and located to subject the liquid line to the lowest ambient temperatures.
(ii) A shut-off valve must be installed in each intermediate branch line where it takes off the main line and must be readily accessible. A shut-off valve must also be placed at the appliance end of the intermediate branch line. Such shut-off valve must be upstream of any flexible connector used with the appliance.
(iii) Suitable excess flow valves must be installed in the container outlet line supplying liquid LP-gas to the building. A suitable excess flow valve must be installed immediately downstream of each shut-off valve. Excess flow valves must be installed where piping size is reduced and must be sized appropriately.
(iv) Hydrostatic relief valves must be installed according to WAC 296-307-41025(13).
(v) Using hose to carry liquid between the container and the building or at any point in the liquid line, except at the appliance connector, is prohibited.
(vi) Where flexible connectors are necessary for appliance installation, such connectors must be as short as practical and must meet the requirements of WAC 296-307-41021(4) or 296-307-41023.
(vii) Release of fuel when any section of piping or appliances is disconnected must be minimized by either of the following methods:
(A) Using an approved automatic quick-closing coupling (closing in both directions when coupled in the fuel line); or
(B) Closing the valve nearest to the appliance and allowing the appliance to operate until the fuel in the line is consumed.
(viii) See WAC 296-307-41509 for the conditions under which portable containers may be brought indoors.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040. WSR 98-24-096, § 296-307-41039, filed 12/1/98, effective 3/1/99. WSR 97-09-013, recodified as § 296-307-41039, filed 4/7/97, effective 4/7/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040, [49.17.]050 and [49.17.]060. WSR 96-22-048, § 296-306A-41039, filed 10/31/96, effective 12/1/96.]
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