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

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

This should not happen!

TechnicalPosted by Sebastian Tue, July 20, 2010 23:27:07

Look carefully at this picture........... its a waste pipe catching a leak, piped to a drain. Stupid idea right? ok, this is why.

Leak is BEFORE the internal stopcock

The water main is being replaced TOMMOROW from the main in the street

The main is LEAD

The outdoor stopcock is 3 FEET down, and snapped off

The client needs water in the morning so i cant pinch it off

So this WAS the best solution!

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Too much flux....

TechnicalPosted by Sebastian Fri, July 16, 2010 22:35:55
This is the filter from a single stage Dungs valve running @ 143kw...... the black stuff is sticky and smells like flux......... suprisingly it was choking the valve so much that the internal working pressure (measured from the test point on the valve body), was 8mb at full fire......... unsuprisingly it locked out often!

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The ultimate quick fix....

TechnicalPosted by Sebastian Mon, July 12, 2010 22:27:14
Saw this while i was on a job today. what the hell was the plumber thinking???? And no,its not between two fixed points, despite how it looks!

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Bathroom smells

TechnicalPosted by Sebastian Sun, July 11, 2010 22:47:56
A new bathroom install was causing a smell for a large client. The entire bathroom was boxed and plastic tiled, so minimal disruption was called for. I inspected the situation carefully and noticed the toilet was internal overflow. Best guess was someone had failed to cap the overflow pipe....As you can see that was it! (its capped temporarily with silicone by me so the original contractor can come back to rectify) note - 'new bathroom' applies only to things that can been seen apparently..........

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The case of the fat wasp..... and other blockages

TechnicalPosted by Sebastian Mon, July 05, 2010 17:27:01
To my suprise THIS was blocking the supply pipe to a toilet. In fairness it was one of those cheapy 15mm small bore flexi pipes, quite twisted too. I must comment tho, as most plumbers do, I blew down the flexi - diagnosis - 'blocked' then (obviously) sucked on it to clear - diagnosis ..... nearly swallowed the little blighter.

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Damage by condensate

TechnicalPosted by Sebastian Sun, July 04, 2010 12:39:40

Amazing, this hole is directly under the flue outlet for a Keston Celcius 25. The flue was installed right, so only minimal condensate was escaping, but it corroded right through the leadwork. Ive seen this happen to copper pipe when its used as condensate pipe, but im suprised it managed to do this to lead.

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History repeats itself

TechnicalPosted by Sebastian Sun, July 04, 2010 11:26:48

Ok, so what your seeing is an indirect heating coil inserted into the immersion port of a cylinder........ its a form of retro fit........ old school right? NO, they sell these again now to add solar capability to a normal indirect (single coil) cylinder.....

I wonder if we will get 'C/D rated' boilers back one day? I think we will (not while we still use fossil fuels tho), when they realise it costs more in carbon to make 5 boilers that last 5 years each, than 1 that lasts 30 years

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Old School radiator valves

TechnicalPosted by Sebastian Fri, July 02, 2010 21:45:22
Try and find these........ I found them! Danfoss are great, I called technical, emailed them a pic and they had a code for me in 10 minutes! Thanks for the effort guys! However there arent many in stock..... and I need 30+ ...... And im not getting to install them either!

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Excessive Water usage

TechnicalPosted by Sebastian Wed, June 30, 2010 22:37:35
A client asked for an approximate water usuage for a 40 room hotel today. Not an easy one to answer. Its all down to the number of guests, type of system and how its used. I have the horrible feeling its going to mean a lot of research for not much gain. Oh well customers always right I suppose!

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