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Incompetent work discovered by our members. Often this has been carried out by qualified and registered engineers. Readers of a sensitive nature may find reading this material disturbing.

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Who enforces against land-lords

By: OPGO Secretary  On: 08-03-2012 20:04  (5790 Reads)

Went to a house today that I had remembered from last year. Multiple At Risk situations , notices issued. Asked the lady on the phone if they had been rectified. Oh Yes she said everything's all right. Got round there. Same defects.

Always use a Gas Safe engineer?

By: OPGO Secretary  On: 04-02-2012 08:50  (5992 Reads)

Flues in voids again. First story went to a job at the behest of a major player in the gas industry which they were unable to fix. Checked as I always do the route of the flue first and it clearly had an elbow joint hidden in boxing in the living room. No CO alarm, no inspection hatch. The major player had had two engineers visit this property prior to me and not one of them had noticed this or risk assessed this. As it happens the flue was performing correctly a CO alarm fitted and was classed as NCS with advice that an inspection hatch was needed.

Visiting a Building Site today

By: OPGO Secretary  On: 12-01-2012 21:38  (6641 Reads)

Today went to new build block of flats possibly 100 flats all with boilers. First one I went to was a flue in void with an inspection hatch about 3" square . They were suprised when I put it At Risk. HSE must be failing to get the message out to builders. All the boilers in all the flats had been put in with a fused spur but not a switched fused spur. When I commented on this they apparently contacted the consulting electrician who said it was not necessary under the electrical regs. New one on me. I could only point to British Standards for boiler installations and M.I.s as I am not a consulting or qualified electrician. Nothing to do with saving a few quid then. Also saw this choc box connector where they had carefully avoided using the purpose cable clamps inside the choc box. . Apparently they are "awkward to use and they were on a price"

Don't think I will be wanting to buy a new build property in the future.

Good job this guy had ACS and was Registered

By: OPGO Secretary  On: 21-12-2011 19:55  (660 Reads)

At a job today . As I was walking through the lounge I noticed an old style DFE fire . Closeable flap and no air vent. Asked the tenant about it and he said it was disconnected. Apparently his CO alarm went crazy (Good job he had one) so the land-lord sent his engineer around who disconnected it. Apparently he had issued an LGSC on it a month previously but explained oh I should have disconnected it then.

Without the CO alarm this tenant and his partner could have been dead or brain damaged and there would have been an engineer facing jail time. As it is he faces nothing not even a censure from the authorities.

Different pressure zones

By: OPGO Secretary  On: 21-11-2011 20:29  (4665 Reads)

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A fine example of air intake and plume kit being in different pressure zones.

Wiring story

By: OPGO secretary  On: 05-11-2011 00:57  (6602 Reads)

Went to a warranty repair today. Complaint heating staying on when wireless roomstat goes off.

Condensing flue on non condensing boiler

By: Submitted by member  On: 04-11-2011 18:15  (10918 Reads)

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Bodge job done by unregistered builder. Condensing flue added to Ideal Classic after building extension.

Depressing news from the catering industry

By: Membership Secretary  On: 02-11-2011 22:36  (4677 Reads)

Today I found a catering van with the following faults:

Every day in every way it gets a little more depressing

By: OPGO secretary  On: 31-10-2011 16:45  (3941 Reads)

I would have thought at least when calling out National Grid that their operatives would know what they were meant to be doing.

 

More depressing stuff

By: OPGO Secretary  On: 25-10-2011 00:11  (3730 Reads)

Went to repair a boiler. House a bit of a building site. Look at gas pipe laid in chase in concrete as yet unwrapped. As I am looking down the pipe I am taken aback by a plastic push fit stop end on a 15mm branch.

Why gas work is stressful and depressing

By: OPGO secretary  On: 18-10-2011 22:23  (5800 Reads)

A job today typifies a situation I come across all too often in the Borough of Hounslow. Go to repair a boiler only to see a brick building in the back yard with 2 further flues sticking out. One G4 meter in the house supplies a 37KW nett appliance and 2 combis and at least one hob a minimum of 97KW nett I would think.

 


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