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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:14 AM
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So, Sunday night, there's the faint odor of gas by the stove, right?
dolo calls the gas company, who comes out with their sniffers and soapy water. They determine that the origin of the smell is a leaky shut-off valve, and they tell me that I(!!!) need to replace it.

Okay, so they go down in the basement and turn off some valve thingy. Say that doing so shuts off gas flow to the stove, and that I can now safely replace the valve.

Monday morning, we go to the hardware store and purchase a replacement valve. I grab my handy-dandy pipe wrenches and have at that old bugger. Imagine my surprise when I get the old valve off and the 1/2" gas line drops out from the floor and starts blowing gas into the basement.

I call the gas company, dolo calls 911. The fire dept. comes out and shuts off all the gas to the house (3 meters, even though it's a single-family -- don't ask). They get a fan and ventilate the place. Gas tech arrives and tells me that the Sunday crew had shut off the gas flow to the DRYER, not the stove (I kinda figured that, Glen). She helps (woo-hoo) replace the faulty valve, but then finds more seepage in the line. Turns on two of the meters, but not the one for the stove. We still can't cook.

Oh -- and did I mention that around this time the pressure valve on one of the water heaters fails?

Yesterday, back to the hardware store to buy some pipe dope (hee hee) and a new water heater pressure valve. I seal up every last fucking joint on that line, unplug the stopped meter, reconnect it, and turn on the gas. I relight the pilots on the water heaters and boiler. I just took a shower, after three days.

I am not a plumber. I am not a gas man, despite what my friends and family may say.

Gee, I sure hope we don't all die.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:16 AM
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1. Golly! That's really something...
Keep posting every 20 seconds so we can be assured that you haven't blown up/asphyxiated or something else...

:hug:
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:17 AM
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2. why should he post slower than normal?
:scared:
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:23 PM
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19. ...
:rofl:
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:17 AM
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3. Don't you guys dare die!
Needless to say, I hope you find the source of this thing. That's freaking serious shit (well, DUH Terry)
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:20 AM
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4. You forgot the part about
how they're not planning to compensate us for the 890,934,928,028 tons of gas that leaked out, on the meter, due to their employees' incompetence... :grr:
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:40 AM
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6. WHAT?
ASSHOLES! :grr:
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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:04 AM
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7. I'm sure you will pursue that one
That's ridiculous. That was their mistake, and you shouldn't be forced to pay for it.

BTW, with all those issues, do you have a carbon monoxide detector in the house?
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:05 AM
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8. Nope.
Probably not a bad idea, though -- then again, CO is caused by combustion -- if we have a gas leak that catches fire, CO will be the least of our concerns. ;)
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Cathyclysmic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:10 AM
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13. Holy Fuck!
greedy little bastards. :grr:
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sundog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:32 AM
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5. sounds like a great honeymoon
:thumbsup:

:P
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:08 AM
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9. now you can't have sex
cause after sex you'll wanna smoke x(
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:09 AM
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10. We're married now.
We can't have sex anymore, anyway.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:09 AM
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12. good point
*whew*

nothing to worry about then
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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:17 AM
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15. Sure you can.
Just not with each other.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:32 PM
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20. caromba!
ya only been married what, 3 days? ;)

nice job on the pipes, BTW.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:09 AM
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11. .
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 11:25 AM by Richardo
On edit: hedges copped to it first.
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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:14 AM
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14. I advised you to buy the house had coal-fired appliances...
...but you wouldn't listen.

Why won't anyone listen to me? :dunce:
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:20 AM
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16. Get a canary.
:hi:



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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:01 PM
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17. after i do electrical work for people, i call back a couople days later
if their house hasn't burned down by then, it's probably safe.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:04 PM
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18. That's f***ed up
I'd file a written complaint...
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:36 PM
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21. Doesn't being a homeowner RAWK?
:hi:
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Susang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:38 PM
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22. Shit!
Be careful you guys! :hug:
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GirlinContempt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:53 PM
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23. Do you own the house?
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:55 PM
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24. Welcome to home ownership.
If it isn't one thing, it is something else.
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