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Installing Direct Vent Gas Fireplace
If your local codes permit, consider doing as much of the
installation of your direct vent gas fireplace yourself. Of course, you can hire a contractor or specialist to do
it all, but if you are handy with tools, there is no reason that you can't do at least part of it
For example, once your direct vent gas fireplace arrives, you can
do whatever assembly is required, and make the space it will sit in ready. Just make double sure that you are well
within the clearance guidelines in your assembly literature, and your local codes, if applicable.
If your direct vent gas fireplace comes with a blower, you could
go ahead and lay down the power wire to the unit from the source, such as your circuit panel. With everything in
place, when the pros come to make the actual electrical and gas connections, they will save time and you will save
Just keep in mind, that if you are ever in doubt about any phase
of the installation, it's always better to defer to the specialists, whether it is a plumber, heating and gas
installer, or electrician. Also, it may be the law in your town.
So, to save money, do as much as you are comfortable doing, and
use the pros for the final hookups of gas and power. Always make sure your chosen crew is certified and licensed,
because when gas and electricity come into the mix, you can never be too careful. At hookup time, the amateur hour
must end. Let the men who know take over and make sure your installation is correct and safe.
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