Gas Leak number 2

if only it were this easy

You may think this picture shows some kind of make-up removal kit or kitchen surface cleaner, but it’s neither.

It’s a gas leak detector.

If only it were that easy.

I called the Old Boiler cowboys out again, as I could smell gas.

“Yup,” he tells me, pointing a big blood pressure type gauge at me, “it’s leaking.”

“Is it the same leak you fixed last time?” I ask, hoping for a quick and cheap solution to the problem.

But, after two floorboards are again untimely ripped from their rightful place, he sucks his teeth and says,

“Nope, that cap’s fine. Must be somewhere else.”

And with that, he looks vaguely in the direction of the kitchen, and its hardwood floor: a feature we hoped would prove attractive to potential buyers.

It wasn’t laid by us, so I have no idea what’s underneath it.

Could be a layer of chip board, could be the original floorboads, could be concrete.
But it seems we’re about to find out.

If only we could just spray that stuff about a bit, and then use the little plunger thingy to identify the exact location of the leak, instead of wrenching up every piece of lovingly laid wooden flooring between the meter, the oven and the boiler.

He’s coming back tomorrow, with more tools.

He may get to meet one of the removal firms who’ve taken to sending out laughable estimates, and who’ve prompted us to list every friend without a dodgy back, a full time job or a cluster of kids.

So far we’ve come up with two…

About Beta Mum

Here you can find the ramblings of a trapeze artist turned journalist who ran away from the circus to join the BBC. Cathy "mine's a Kir Royale" Keir then spent thirteen years working in Jersey, Guernsey and Devon, before downgrading to what you see before you. She has contributed articles to The Guardian, The Stage and Television Today, Junior Magazine and both the BBC and Bad Mothers Club websites. She has two children who think women can’t be prime ministers. She blames herself.
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5 Responses to Gas Leak number 2

  1. I sympathise, I really do! We went through similar earlier in year. The expense, the hassle, the mess…. horrible! Hope you get this sorted as quickly (and cheaply) as possible.

  2. PS – greatly enjoyed your allusion to the Scottish play!

  3. Beta Mum says:

    MatL – after all that waiting for the corgi people to turn up, it turned out to be a leak on the Transco side of the meter. So we paid a callout fee for the diagnosis, then Transco came out and fixed it for free.
    Still, we’ve got an intact kitchen floor, so all is well and there’s no smell of gas.

  4. Mya says:

    That’s good news! What a relief.
    Is there a local rugby team you can bribe to help with the removals? They’re fantastic for picking up fridges, pianos etc. and probably not as ridiculously expensive as most of the big firms seem to be.

    Mya x

  5. Hassle, hassle, hassle. Glad you got it sorted. Always more of a worry with little ones around.

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