Re: caping the gas
In my opinion there some things that just aren't DIY projects and are best left for a pro. .... this would be one of those.
When it comes to natural gas connections there are usually 3 entities that have a serious interest
You may be competent in doing things but unless you know the term " no bubbles .... no troubles " you might consider having someone that's a qualified gas fitter perform this.
- the gas utility
- the municipality
- your home insurance company
If it was just a water pipe .... the worst that would happen would be a little water damage if it leaked ..... compared to a gas leak you could wipe out your home along with the neighbors.
It shouldn't be overly expensive to simply cap the pipe ... besides it's a small price to pay knowing it's done properly and safely.
Just a thought.
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