Expert plumber and entertaining character James, has prepared a truly remarkable set of instructional videos as a public service. Whatever you might need to do or get done, you’re likely to find it here –
I’ve prepared a number of articles in Adobe PDF format to provide useful tips for the householder, based on experience and observation. There are simple things anyone can and should do to keep things running and avoid crises, or cope with them when they arise. Just click on the links.
Heating controls –
Choosing a new boiler –
Boiler and heating care schemes –
Immersion heaters –
Chemical dosing of open-
How to burn less gas (and over time, save money): File: D:\Beesite\How to burn less gas.pdf
Some heating system fault-
Central heating water –
Home occupier’s checklist –
Which is the best boiler? File: D:\Beesite\Which is the best boiler_.pdf
What to do if you smell gas: File: D:\Beesite\What to do if you smell gas.pdf
Stop valves and gate valves –
Boiler flame picture –
“Save as much as £300 off your heating bills” –
Here’s the simple spreadsheet referred to in the article, in Excel (.xls) format: File: D:\Beesite\Boiler efficiency and gas cost.xls
Shower flow rates and different types of heating systems –
Cleaning a cooker hob – how to avoid blocking the burners: File: D:\Beesite\Cleaning a cooker hob.pdf
The boiler loses water pressure and the filling loop has to be used to top it up:
Gas safety –
Efforts by many, mainly unsung, engineering minds have made it possible for us to use what might be desperately dangerous gas and electricity safely in our homes and workplaces.
That noted, thousands of people are still victims of carbon monoxide poisoning each year in this country, some fatally. Gas Safety Week, supported by many organisations, is intended to draw attention to basic measures that can avoid tragedy:
- Gas appliances should be serviced regularly to ensure they burn gas well and so produce little carbon monoxide, working efficiently in the process, minimising fuel bills.
- All gas-
related work is required by law to done competently: if you employ someone to carry out gas- related work they must be on the Gas Safe register (formerly, registration was done by CORGI).
- Fit a carbon monoxide detector/alarm wherever appropriate. Modern gas boilers are room-
sealed: the air in the room in which they are sited is isolated from the combustion process – the flue takes care of everything. Older appliances, such as boilers and gas fires draw air in from the room and discharge the products of combustion via a flue or chimney. They, and flueless appliances such as cookers (especially if left on), carry the possibility of carbon monoxide entering the property.
For goodness’ sake, carbon monoxide alarms are inexpensive, fit one wherever appropriate and protect yourself and others.