If I replace ( or indeed add) a radiator does it have to be done by a
corgi engineer or can I do it myself (and have no hassles when I come
to sell the house)? . Obviously I will need to drain down the system
so does this have a bearing on the answer?
Can I suggest that you investigate buying a pipe-freezing kit? Screwfix
sells them for <9 quid, IIRC.
If the job is going to take more than 10 mins, just put isolation valves
in circuit as the first step and you can take as long as you like,
plumbing to those.
The Corgi requirement (if indeed there is one - because that is a moot point
in itself) only applies to gas connections. Assuming your radiator is not
heated *directly* by gas, but rather by water heated by a gas boiler
elsewhere in the circuit, there's no reason whatsoever why you can't DIY it.
Leaving aside the Corgi/competent person argument, and without seeing the
article in the Corgi mag, there's an ambiguity there with "connect gas and
water to a boiler".
Is it suggesting that only a Corgi fitter can attach a water carrying pipe
directly to a gas boiler or is it suggesting that only a Corgi fitter can
attach any water carrying element of a CH system that has a gas boiler as
part of the system?
[Y'know, that seemed so clear in my mind when I started to type it - I think
it makes sense but don't try too hard.]
If you feel that any of the above is incorrect,
If you thought that this was ambiguos and misleading, look at some of
the wording on their web site. Phrases such as "likely to be illegal"
for example. They can't actually *say* illegal because the relevant
Acts don't support the statement.
Is it fuck
and can you not refer to them as engineers, they are not allowed to
ENGINEER anything, they are fitters, they fit and install
You can do whatever you want to your own boiler as long as you are
"competent" - which cuts out a significant proportion of CORGI fitters
CORGI are a self interest company, they are very good at distorting the
facts (such as conveniently pretending that you have to be registered to
work on a gas appliance FOR FINANCIAL GAIN)
Everyone who has a full UK driving licences is deemed to be a competent and
qualified driver. One only has to venture onto the roads to see that does
not hold true. Likewise any certification only means the person managed to
muddle through at time of testing and says nothing of their competence to
carry out the task at any other time.
That is quite a comical statement after seeing some of the work done by
some Corgi 'engineers' shown at times on this group.
It was only last month that pictures were posted here of an upturned
bucket used as a gas fire flue, fitted by a 'competent' CORGI registered
I'm currently working on a house where the boiler fitter has removed the
stop cock inside the house. He said it was too stiff to turn, so removed
it, fitted a new section of pipe in place of the stop cock, and said to
turn the water off out in the street if need be.
To reply by e-mail, change the \' + \' to \'plus\'.
Ah but you are confusing "competence" (as in what you've got) and
"Competence" which is what CORGI registered people have. The government set
up the scheme so they could define "Competence" as they (and the courts)
like things easily defined (it's cheaper that way). It's nothing to do with
whether they are any good at the work. Your undoubted competence doesn't
count (unless you have documentary evidence to prove it) however great it
is. Those CORGIs who are incompetent don't count either (other than that
CORGI might prefer not to have CORGI isnpired accidents). CORGI aren't
concerned with safety. The governent were concerned about being seen to do
nothing about safety - now they can say they are. The law may be an ass, and
it's supporters deserving of being told to go forth and multiply but that
doesn't stop it being the law!
(anti-spam is as easy as 1-2-3 - not)
Of course CORGI fitters are safe
How dare you slag them off:-)
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