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  1. Hello. Our gas boiler insurer no longer covers our terraced home heating system because the gas pipe running from our meter to the kitchen is steel. It runs under our wooden ground floor and its length is about 15 feet with another couple of feet for the angled bits around the meter. Would having this steel pipework replaced with copper be very expensive? Our house is a 1930s terraced build. Please see the pictures. The last picture shows the gas pioework where it enters the kitchen and splits to the gas hob and the boiler. We have an option not to replace the pipe and get insurance with another insurer who dosent exclude steel pipework. The difference between the 2 insurers policies is £170 and £565. Any thoughts are very welcome. Thanks David
  2. Are there restrictions on having windows above an external gas meter box, and if so what are they?
  3. Just to be really clear I will not be doing any of the work mentioned below. This will all be carried out by Gas Safe Engineers. We're in the process of buying a property which is a bit of a doer upper. One room houses the gas meter and boiler and we are keen on moving both of these to turn the room into a bedroom regardless of whether regulations state they are safe in a bedroom. As we don't currently have access to the property to show round plumbers would like some advice on whether my ideas make sense or are completely nuts. The gas meter is currently in the middle of an internal wall behind which is a small garden facing on to the street seen in the picture below. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 state: Protection against damage 7.1 Any person installing a gas fitting shall ensure that it is properly supported and so placed or protected as to avoid any undue risk of damage to the fitting. In my mind the meter in its current location is in breach of this regulation as whilst against the wall is protruding into the room and could be easily knocked. We are looking at having this moved to a external meter cupboard. Looking externally this is a move of approx 2.3m But if looked at internally this would be a move of around 1.78m. So the first question is can a Gas Safe engineer move this meter or would it need to be the current supplier? Taking a punt on saving money is there any chance I am correct that the current install is dangerous and that I could magically get this done free of charge? Next question is how will the gas pipe from the new meter location enter the property? Is under ground level (as you can with mains water acceptable) with the correct sleeving? Would this use TracPipe or similar? Or would it need to enter the building above ground level above the DPC? I ask about entering the building as I already need to dig a trench/pit where the proposed new meter will be for other services so thinking of the neatest solution. Also planning on moving the boiler from this room to a detached garage ~1.3m away from the main building so this will already require buried gas pipework.
  4. Can someone check that I am reading a commercial gas meter correctly. 2 photos taken 15 minutes apart. Am I right that is 5 cubic m of gas, which will cost something like £1.50? I don't mind being out by a third in my guestimate, but I do not want to be out by 10x. I am asking because we have a BFO gas blower in our gym unit - they divided 20k sqft into 3 and as the first occupant we got to choose and had the one with the existing heating system - and I don't want to find I calculated it wrongly in 2-3 months' time. We just want to take it from frozenballs to training temperature in the morning 1st thing through the winter. Cheers F
  5. Ed_MK

    Gas Meter

    I was reading a few posts in this section and the same applies with us re: our gas main is actually closer to the REAR of the property and so I have been advised the meter can go on that rear wall. this has one BIG advantage for us .. The meter location shown is 39M from the main in the road we are connecting to. Anything over 40M is classified as a "major" connection and prices go Loooopy (apparently) If we were to connect it to the front utility room wall (as you cannot run gas under a house) it would be another 17m trip around (gulp) At last a bit of luck But my real question is about the gas meter box ....well to be honest the electric one too ...I have a bricklayer starting in about 4 weeks and i need to get everything in for him....and i am presuming the 2 meter boxes are required. Due to a narrow 1.5m path at the side ..i don't really fancy a "sticky out one" Is there anyone with experience of installing a "built in one" ...I have a timber frame potton house ...(if that makes a difference Thanks in advance for any advice
  6. My Little Brown Bangalow has a narrow side-path at 960mm wide. And there is a damn great gas meter box 220mm deep ie front to back, which makes moving things problematic and even dustbins are a little tight. Q 1 - Simple question - can I get a shallower box for my gas meter? The only option I can currently see is a recessed one, which could be an answer. Q 2 - Can my gas man do such a change or would it be the gas company and forking out a large number of notes? Cheers Ferdinand
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