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The pilot light won't ignite on my boiler — what I should check?

We have just brought a new house and I can’t get the pilot light to ignite on the boiler, it is at least a few months since the boiler has been used. Where to I start on tracking down the problem? ...
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Gas stove burner not releasing gas

One of my gas stove burners is not releasing any gas when the knob is turned, it only attempts to ignite unsuccessfully. I was curious what the problem may be, e.g. whether some grease from may have ...
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Do local building codes/regulations control where to locate a gas meter and responsibility for moving it?

I live in California and attempted to earthquake retrofit my foundation but the contractors cannot enter the crawl space under my home to access the foundation because Pacific Gas and Electric ...
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Can I make an improvised heating system that uses calcium carbide and water?

Its winter in Australia at the moment and i'm cold. Today i found a few kilo's of Calcium Carbide (CaC2) which, if you react it with water, produces a sizable quantity of acetylene gas. I use it with ...
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How do I convert an old model propane fireplace to natural gas?

I installed a propane direct vent fireplace bought from Security Chimney International about 12 years ago. I now want to convert it to natural gas. I have phoned the company and they told me that ...
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What can I do about a gas pipe that is in my way?

I have just taken part of a studded wall out for modernization reasons, but found a gas pipe right there in the middle of the aperture. The easy way round this would be to use a 'flexi hose' is this ...
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What is involved in moving the gas line in my basement up a few inches?

I have gas lines that stick out about 1 inch below the joists in my basement. This actually starts right where the pipes enter my basement - they go over and then down. I need that "down" part to be ...
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Should I replace an existing gas fireplace with electric?

Does it make sense to replace my existing gas fireplace with a newer electrical one? Would the new electrical one require less maintenance? Would it run more efficiently and in doing so cost less to ...
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What size gas line do I need to run to my garage

I am looking to run about 50 feet of black steel gas line through a basement room, underground and out to my garage for a radiant heater. I'd like to put an underground junction in it so that I can ...
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If I turn off the breaker to the Gas furnace will the pilot light go out?

I need to turn off the breaker for the furnace but am afraid this will turn off the pilot light to my gas furnace & I don't know how to relight it. Are any special steps necessary to prevent ...
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Is this gas line not suitable for direct burial?

One of the homeowners (who is also a gas fireplace installer) in my subdivision sent an alarming email to everyone stating that the gas line between the meter and the house is not of the correct type ...
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What would cause this bad flame pattern in my boiler?

I'm living in Mexico and my landlord just installed a new boiler. When it's turned on, it makes this huge noise. When you check the burner, you can see this flame below the main burner. I asked my ...
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Does code require the gas line to be replaced when replacing a furnace?

I replaced my 45 year old (still working) original furnace with an American Standard furnace about 5 1/2 years ago. Now I have a gas leak; the Nicor technician sealed a connection in the gas pipe ...
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Is this gas range ventilation setup dangerous?

I recently moved in to a new apartment that has a gas range and oven. I have never had a gas stove before, and so I am not sure how it should work. While cooking the other night, our Carbon Monoxide ...
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Can replacing a T&P valve be done as DIY by a home owner?

I want to replace the T&P valve on my gas water heater since it is dripping water all the time. I talked to a couple of people such as my friend and a salesperson at a Home Improvement Store. They ...
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Why won't the pilot light on my gas fireplace stay lit?

Gas fireplace, pilot is off, push to ignite and it does but the flame comes on and it only stays lite for about 30 seconds and shuts down. I changed the batteries in the remote control. So not that.
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What is the correct way to secure a gas standalone range?

Can somebody tell me the best way to secure a gas standalone range. If there is an earthquake, I would prefer that the range not slide around. It's on engineered flooring over 1-1/8" plywood.
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Can a washer and dryer be next to a water heater?

I have a GE gas dryer (DSXH47GGWW) that is currently next to an exterior basement wall. I'd like to move it to the opposite wall (shared with the crawl space) right next to the water heater next to ...
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How do I set the timer for a Baxi Luna boiler?

I cannot set the timer for a Baxi Luna boiler. I have tried everything. The heating will come on and off but not on the timer.
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What could cause my radiators to go cold when the hot water is turned on?

when only heating is selected on my program timer the radiators all work fine and are hot. But when both heating and hot water are on the water gets hot but all the radiators go cold. When the hot ...
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Why is my Lennox g40uh series furnace not turning on?

I have a Lennox g40uh series furnace and it just stopped working today. I can reset the furnace and can see that on the control board both LEDs (green and red) are blinking together which indicates ...
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What could cause my gas oven not to ignite?

I have a Whirlpool gas oven Super Capacity 465. The four cook-top burners work ok. When I turn on the oven on broil, I hear gas hissing and igniters ticking. Within a second it ignites the top ...
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Why won't my natural gas fireplace light when it's cold?

I installed a Heatilator Caliber, natural gas fireplace, model CNXT4236 a couple of years ago in my basement. When the outside temperature gets below 32°F or so I have to heat the area where all ...
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How to calculate therms usage from oil usage?

The Nest thermostat states I heated my home for 155 hours in November. I estimate thats approx 100 gallons of oil used. It got me wondering if I converted to natural gas, how much would that be? ...
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Why is there an opening where the burner connects to the gas line on a gas oven?

I am replacing a gas oven igniter. On my model I had to remove the whole bottom burner in order to unscrew the bracket. I was very surprised that the burner is very loosely attached to the gas valve. ...
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How can I temporarily reconnect a fuel tank? [closed]

I am in the process of purchasing a home heated by propane..someone has removed the pigtail from the tank to the regulator..the tank fitting appears to be a quick disconnect type unfamiliar to me..the ...
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Why won't my Heil 7000 natural gas furnace ignite?

I have a Heil 7000 gas furnace Model: NUGK100DH12 Serial: L933050100 When we turn it on at the thermostat, the exhaust blower will kick on. We checked to be sure the gas is reaching the unit and ...
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Are there outdoor formaldehyde detection systems available?

We have a nearby factory polluting air with formaldehyde and when the wind occasionaly brings it to us we sense the smell and are forced to close the windows to not let it in. When the wave subsides ...
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How do I tell if my kitchen range space is set up for gas?

I have a gas line to my house for the furnace but need to know how to tell whether I can hook up a gas range in the kitchen without having a gas line installed to the spot where the range goes.
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How can I tell if these pipes are gas lines or water lines?

I recently moved into an in-law unit of a large old house. In the kitchen, there are two pipes coming out of the wall (one protruding out a little more than the other). I had assumed they were gas ...
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Gas oven jets cracked [closed]

Does anyone know who might be able to replace ceramic jets in a New World Rangette oven? They screw into the main supply pipe which is fastened into the back of the oven, but are starting to burn ...
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Why do I have two parallel gas pipes?

I've got a water heater and a hot water radiator furnace sitting next to each other, both on gas. The strange thing is that there are two parallel gas lines feeding each one of these which come from ...
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How to release a stuck gas stove knob?

Just moved in to an apartment with a gas stove which was not in use for three months. The previous owner said that the stove worked just fine, however when I tried to use the stove, all four knobs ...
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Electric requirements for gas stove

I am buying a new house (new construction) and it currently has an electric stove. One of the changes we've put in the contract it to 'remove the electric stove and adapt the stove cavity for a gas ...
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Is it necessary to replace lead gas pipes?

I have some lead piping in the cellar where the gas comes into the house. Does this comply to current Gas Safe regulations?? Edit: England
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Gas fireplace will not come on or it goes off minutes after coming on

When we turn on our gas fireplace switch it will sometimes come on, but typically doesn't. When it does ignite, the flame wil only stay lit for several minutes and then goes out. The pilot light ...
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Is there a way to find out how often your furnace is running?

With winter finally setting in, and being the first year in our new house I would like to put some sort of measurement on how often the furnace is working, before I get the bill. Are there any known ...
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What could cause a bad oil-like smell every time the heat is on?

The new gas system works great, heats quickly and seems very efficient. However, there is a strong smell that comes every time we turn up the heat. It smells like some kind of oil. Had the ...
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Why isn't my Empire heater getting any gas? [closed]

My Empire heater does not seem to be receiving any gas when I turn or press the pilot knob. I believe the gas is supposed to flow when you press the pilot knob to light the heater but nothing comes ...
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How to tell if a house is equipped for a gas stove

I live in a townhouse. My electric range died, so I'm looking to replaec it with a gas stove. But how do I know if the house is already set up with the required pipes, etc.? I suspect that I do have ...
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Should the flue always be open in a gas fireplace?

I have a victorian fireplace with a modern gas fire installed. The fire place has a hatch at the top to open/close the chimney, which the fitters have connected to a wire to force it to be fully open ...
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Need a gas cooker but have no gas supply

I am not sure about the terminology, i.e if it's called an electric cooker, burner, stove or something else. So I'll just refer to it as a electric or gas cooker to simplify things. We don't have a ...
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Add-on electronic ignition for gas stove?

Is it possible to retrofit electronic ignition into a natural gas stove? Does such a kit exist commercially?
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How can I tell if my gas fire is fitted correctly?

In a correctly fitted gas fire should the ignition system be so visible, and the base so high? How could I find if this is a correct fitting for this fire, or if not how it should have been fitted? ...
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Should I remove rust from my gas meter?

My home is about 8 years old. Despite being painted, my external gas meter has rust at every thread/joint location. The rusting is mainly on the pipe threads. I'm afraid this could eventually lead to ...
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Why do I have a reduced flame in my natural gas fireplace when the furnace or water heater runs?

I have a natural gas fireplace, furnace, water heater and barbecue. This year I've noticed that my barbecue blows out occasionally when it's on low, even in the slightest wind. I figured the burner ...
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What Steps Should I Take to Troubleshoot My Gas Oven?

I recently purchased a house, and it came with a gas oven. I've never owned or used a gas oven before, and the oven takes an extremely long time to preheat (like hours). I replaced the door gasket ...
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Can I fix a possible gas leak on a valve for a hot water system myself with Thread Seal Tape?

Is a leaking gas fitting something a non-professional should even attempt to fix? Symptoms: There is a slight off odor around the hot water system, after some experimentation of turning the gas off ...
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Is it necessary to connect a boiler and gas meter to the main fuse box?

We are getting a new kitchen fitted. An electrical survey has been carried out by the compnay installing kitchen. they have said that, our brand new and recently fitted, boiler needs a earth wire ...
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Generator carburetor problem, is it the float?

Hopefully this is an appropriate place to post: I had to use my generator today and it ran fine for about an hour but when I went outside to check on it, I noticed it was dripping gas from the ...