I'm trying to decide between two different locations for the pool equipment, and I need to lock it down so that I can spec out the pump. I'm planning on a 400k BTU Raypak, which I think is going to be a major factor in my decision. I'm looking for some advice from the gas utility experts (see sketch attached).
Option A: Place the pool equipment at point "A" This results in longer plumbing runs from the pool relative to the second option but a much more convenient location relative to gas. However, it is also right next to a deck, so aesthetics and noise are a concern. Not to mention that there is only one space available in my main electrical panel.
Option B: Place the pool equipment at point "B". This is more favorable for many reasons: shorter plumbing runs to the pool, lots of available space in the electrical panel and equipment can be hidden out of sight and make use of an existing concrete slab thats also covered. The problem is how to handle the gas line. Here's where it gets interesting; there is an existing 1" gas line already plumbed to the garage which is tapped from a branch in the main house supply, but I'm pretty sure this is inadequate given the length of the pipe and demands of 400k BTU. So, the most obvious (but perhaps expensive) solution is to run a new gas line to this location. BUT, what I think might be possible (this is where I need to be set straight) is if I can have my meter upgraded to higher pressure and modify the supply line inside of the house that feeds the existing gas line to the garage so that its isolated from the rest of the house supply (basically make the supply to garage it's own line all the way to the meter). Then of course I would need to down regulate the house to whatever it needs (7" wc?), and then down regulate the heater supply line at the point of use. I'm pretty sure I will already need to upgrade my meter no mater what (see second image)
Man, I hope that's not too confusing. Anyway, is my plan reasonable, feasible? Any disadvantages? Thanks!
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