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Decorating may have saved my life.


Blackhat
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Doing the kitchen this break and after stripping wall paper I was tidying up and could hear a buzzing sound, first thoughts were of an insect caught in the paper on the floor but after clearing up could still hear it.

What had happened was that water from stripping the paper had dropped onto the gas pipe that led to my cooker and a small leak was causing the water to bubble creating the buzzing sound!

How lucky was that? It is a very small leak at the site of a connection and could have been leaking for a long time but you cannot tell, anyway, gas off at meter for now.

Query, do I call British Gas or a local engineer? Probably covered on house insurance but need to check.

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spuds

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AitchBEE

Regarding the gas safe checks, we have them done every year by our services utility provider. They provide the service via a contractor, and I have never seen the different engineers who have visited, do the same supposed safety checks ever. Taking this up with the utility company, they have still not provided a reasonable answer, as to what should be provided.

I once had reason to complain to Corgi (before the name change) about a central heating installation, that one of their members had undertaken. All they were interested in was the one metre of gas pipe from the ground to the boiler. That incident ended up in the local small claims court.

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Blackhat

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Well that went well, called 3 local gas engineers, first one to answer was around in 15 minutes, new piping fitted, checked for leaks, all done in 30 minutes for £35 cash.

Thanks to the gas safe register.

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Woolwell

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The link will not work because of underbars (when will this site get that fixed!) but to find out about annual gas safety checks go to gassaferegister.co.uk click on the advice section and then on get your appliances checked. You could ask for the landlord's records.

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Blackhat

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Link works fine for me.

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Aitchbee

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I will call my heating engineer, Stephen, who repaired my hot water problem, at a very reasonable cost, a while back.

He used to work for the council, but set up his own company,(2 man), about five years ago.

I don't use my gas fire at all. I might ask him to take it away as it's only an ornament.

My heating only goes on when its very cold outside. (below zero)

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Aitchbee

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FE - we used the same technique when pressure-testing large BT cable joints, especially after making a new joint enclosure.

We used LEAK DETECTION FLUID No.4...soapy water, applied with a Leak Detection Fluid Brush No. 1, 2 or 3.

It's simple but it works!

(Main cables are air pressurised to help keep water out and also to help locate main cable faults)

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