Even though he wrote on his invoice that he did not reconnect it, he did
reconnect it. He also wrote in big print that he and his company was not
responsible in case of damage or death.
Interesting thing, it's been almost 2 days now and I have not smelled
anything unusual. Maybe he inadvertently fixed the leak when he put
everything back together. I also ran water down every drain just to be sure.
So far so good.
JIC anyone thinks I'm playing Russian roulette here, the absolute worse
smell was an instant whiff and then nothing. Not even as much as you get
when you turn on a stove and the pilot takes a second or two longer before
ignition. I guarantee that if I *smelled* gas, I'd call gasco asap.
Know the feeling. I called the gas company out last year for a similar
incident. They brought "the sniffer" and could find nothing, even though the
next door neighbor's wife and I could both stand in that one particular spot
and get a big whiff of "gas". During the week I'm staying at a friends
house in Austin, TX while I build in the vicinity. This older, remodeled
house has a small, but detectable gas leak, I guarantee it ... but I seem to
be the only one who can smell it.
As Mom was wont to say, maybe it's coming up our collars? :)
The normal testing
pressure for local codes is usually 1-1/2 times the normal operating
pressure. Here in Las Vegas, the incoming pressure at the house entry
ranges from 40-55 lbs. In Tennessee where I first got my Master's
License, the street pressure entering the house in Knoxville was in
excess of 180#. Every house has a pressure reducing valve and in some
cases, an expansion tank. (sorry - got carried away.)
=======Wow. Those are staggering numbers. 400+ feet of head. Seems to me you should
be able to run a turbine and power your house (or neighborhood) with that.
hmm.. never even heard of a gas fitter..
I California it was just a plumber's licence.. They do both..
Would you need 2 service calls for a water heater installation, a plumber and a
Please remove splinters before emailing
If you use vegtable oil instead of water (it only takes about a cup),
you wont have to keep repeating the process as it wont evaporate. That's
what I finally had to my unused traps in my basement.
About four years ago, I added a gas water heater. The plumber then did the
(code required) leak test. 10 psi for 15 minutes. He and his partner spent the
next two days chasing leaks in the 60 year old cast iron pipes. They did not
have to replace anything, just refit some of the connections. The net cost was
$1600. Neither my wife nor I smelled anything.
So I'd say it is quite likely you have the leaks, you ought to get them fixed,
and you ought to find someone else to do it.
I was NOT the one posting about cast iron pipes, that was Douglas
Johnson, so asking me about cast iron gas pipes can't get you an answer.
I live now in North Jersey. Before lived just outside Queens on Long
Island. In both houses I think we have (had) black iron gas pipes.
Sorry to disppoint.
Sorry for the misdirected question. Funny though - I lived in
Tennessee and Texas almost all my life before moving out here to Las
The first 6 years of my life: Born in Parsons Hospital . . . moved to
Mineola. Went back during 9-1-1 on work assignment with Sheriff's
Dept. for the first time in over 40 years. Had to go back a couple
months later for Christmas ~ still have family up there. My dad was
volunteer fireman in Mineola and took a tour of the old Station house
on Jericho Turnpike. A LOT of changes after that much time. However,
the original house was still there.
Don't mess with gas leaks - or women going through menopause.
Both are explosive and easily set off - often with no prior warning.
Wish they'd come up with some kind of gauge that would warn
folks - before the explosion(S)!
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