Before this house I've not had anything to do with mains gas so need a
bit of guidance. We need to move the cooker out of the kitchen for
laying of a new floor. The gas connections seems to be some kind of
twist lock fitting but has no isolator valve. Can I disconnect this and
leave the mains turned of for the boiler?
See for what it looks like.
Or if you don't trust that link use this one.
Not sure about it being a temporary thing.
Many council houses have both a gas bayonet and an electrical cooker
And to Mike, you sometimes need gorilla strength hands to get the
bayonet off. That is normal.
I always put a bit of water with washing up liquid in it around the seal
after removing the cooker to check the seal has worked.
Plenty of plumbers have arguments whether a bayonet is *only* for
temporary disconnect, or whether it is also allowed for permanent
disconnection without capping-off ... I can't argue either way, but it's
fine for the O/P's purpose.
I have disconnected a few times over the years when replacing cookers /
tiling etc. Yes they can be a bit stubborn. I always check with soapy
water that the pipe doesnt leak, both at disconnection and reconnection.
It isn't unknown for them to not seal correctly. If this happens, just
push the centre firmly, briefly. That usually does the trick.
I admit to calling the gas company for a suspected leak to discover it
was one of these beasts we'd never used. The chap showed me the trick
and explained it wasn't uncommon.
Suspect someone is claiming a benefit under false pretences? Incapacity
Benefit or Personal Independence Payment when they don't need it? They
I remember going up to Epsom via Paddington as a kid, from Cardiff on a
steam train with a ?King Class loco in front.
At my grandparents house there was what seemed to be a gigantic plug
socket next to the fire and Grandpa plugged in a huge hair dryer (or
so it seemed) with a 3 foot long nozzle that he pushed into the coals
to light it.
With hindsight I think the plug socket had round pins, probably 15 amp.
When I stayed there in the 70's, I remember a kerfuffle when a cousin
found that the top floor had bare electric wires behind a switch because
the vulcanised rubber cable had turned to dust. Emergency rewire needed,
but cousin was a GPO apprentice so he did it.
We had a couple of those, including one of the very early ones. My
grandmother had one too. (my father was manager of an electricity
showroom so we got a lot of stuff, including the cooker with a transistor
radio in it!)
Ours were all 13 amp - my father rewired the house.
Those things were great. Basically a blower with a big heater coil. By
default it started up cold, and you inserted a forked key and pulled it
back to turn on the heat. Lit the coal in no time. Basically electric
You can still buy similar things, although they seem expensive now.
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On Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:49:28 +0000, Muddymike wrote:
It's just occurred to me that if you can get a reasonably tight seal, a
sandwich bag will inflate if there's any leakage from the self sealing
connector which will not only provide dust protection but also allow you
to detect any non-trivial leakage at a glance making it a doubly good
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