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A day in the life of a gas engineer......


My services Posted on Thu, June 16, 2011 21:18:44

Ive introduced an ‘ask a question’ forum, DIY guides, and im half way through producing an iphone app, and a new services page! 🙂

New oil tank required…

Comments Posted on Thu, June 16, 2011 21:16:36

Um….. time for a new one?

Please note….. it has not been leaking, but is taking on water.

Keston flue tube problems

Dangerous stuff Posted on Sun, April 10, 2011 00:12:04

some of you may remember the problem that used to occur with the old corrugated flue tube fitted to the keston c40 / c55…… well there was a new type issed, unfortunately this one degrades too……….

gas meter…. possibly this area is subject to subsidence?

Comments Posted on Thu, March 10, 2011 22:50:34

ok, possibly only gas engineers will get this, but i will try to explain. gas meters must be accessible so ou can

read the meter

turn off the gas in an emergency

test for gas leaks

other gas related tests…..

check this out…….

bloody thing is 20 foot in the air!!

burst pipes and more burst pipes..

Technical Posted on Sun, February 27, 2011 21:59:10

i have had more burst pipes this year than i have had for the last 6 years…… even a burst water meter!

Bats in the burners…..

Comments Posted on Sun, February 27, 2011 21:38:59

On servicing a semi commercial oil burner I was amazed to find a dead baby bat in the fan. I was doubly amazed to find ANOTHER dead bat in the other identical burner. obviously they were a bit dried out, but what on earth makes a bat climb into the burner? i dont think it came in through the flue, as to get to the fan it would have to get through the heat exchanger baffles, then through the blast tube, then through into the fan….. my bet is they climbed in from the floor……..


Burst pipe – Jumbo size!

Dangerous stuff Posted on Sun, February 27, 2011 21:30:13

ok, so on arrival, i see this.

no problem you think…… 10,000 sq ft wharehouse……….

as i got close, i realised there was a deep base rumble coming from the unit, water pouring out of the vents half way up the building…………

I forced the door open and walked into what felt like a set from predator. the entire 10,00 sqft of wharehouse was 6 – 8 inches deep in water, every single thing that could float, was floating, it was pitch black save for random sparks were coming from one room, ……. and water was pouring down from everywhere. the sound was indescribable. A mind numbing crashing roar, that went on and on.

I had a look for an external stopcock, found it, it was rusted solid, and very very big.

I went back in, and frankly it was a bit scary…… my torch wouldnt reach to the end of the warehouse, and stuff kept bumping into me as it floated by……..

As water was running from above, i decided to investigate the upper mezanine……. heres what the stairs looked like …. sorry about the picture quality – bit ‘blair witch’!

(picture is on its side)

Anyway, there was an absolute waterfall from the mezzanine, from under the door. i shone my torch throught the window, and could see nothing. a judicious shoulder to the door produced no response. thinking thbe door had swelled i pushed my crowbar into the gap and levered the door open…………….


the water poured out to a level of about 3 foot, filling my wellies instantly, and washing me across the stairs and into the handrail…. the room was full to about 3 foot…… 12 by 20 room……

consider …… 10,000 square foot wharehouse, 6 inches deep………… big water bill……

by this point i realised ‘fixing the leak’ was not the first priority…..

on investigating i found the stopcock. as you can see i now realised why the flow was so high….. 50mm thin wall copper incomming main……. WOW!

Needless to say, is was very stiff! You can just see the water level…….

Long story short

I switched it off, and it took 24 hours to empty the room above, 3 weeks to stop leaking out from the walls……. 2 months and its still not dry!

80’s copper pinhole leaks

Technical Posted on Sat, December 18, 2010 16:38:28

not seen this in a while, it looks to be the pinhole leaks that we used to get in the 80’s italian copper tube (i think its italian) – the tube had slight internal flaws that left raised bits, so, like a pebble in a river, the flow dug a hole after the raised projection. The flow must roll over the rock, then down and back on itself. (I could do a somewhat better description, but it might get quite boring).

Interestingly, this section has been like this for quite some years.

I wonder if anyone reads this??

Comments Posted on Mon, November 08, 2010 22:58:29


Used oil burners

Dangerous stuff Posted on Mon, November 08, 2010 22:49:33

A quick test to used removed burners before they were split for parts. Flame pattern not great.

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