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Hi all,

Been a long time since I posted here, but after reading this thread:

http://groups.google.co.uk/group/uk....dd33b2620a6918

....I remembered what a top bunch of people frequent this group.

Anyway, that aside, I have a question, the answer for which I've not
found by searching the group.

Yesterday we looked at a house in Southampton (3 bed semi) which is
electrically heated. It also has an electric hob (all flavours of
which we loath), and only a quarter of the windows were double glazed.

Double glazing costs and the cost of fitting a combi for central
heating we can figure out, but:

a) How would we find out if there is a gas pipe down the street?
b) How much would it cost to get it connected to the house with a
meter?

There is a suspiciously gas-pipe-looking pipe (capped tapered threaded
affair) descending into the cupboard under the stairs (hard to see,
but may be from the floor above). But it's unknown if this is a gas
pipe or not.

Any advice gratefully received.

Thanks,

Tony

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Hi all,

Been a long time since I posted here, but after reading this thread:

http://groups.google.co.uk/group/uk....dd33b2620a6918

...I remembered what a top bunch of people frequent this group.


The uk.d-i-y Lunatic Association were in full flow there.

Anyway, that aside, I have a question, the answer for which I've not
found by searching the group.

Yesterday we looked at a house in Southampton (3 bed semi) which is
electrically heated. It also has an electric hob (all flavours of
which we loath), and only a quarter of the windows were double glazed.

Double glazing costs and the cost of fitting a combi for central
heating we can figure out, but:

a) How would we find out if there is a gas pipe down the street?


Check with next door and see it they have gas. The pipe under the stairs if
it goes back to the street will be most certainly a gas pipe.


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Hi all,

Been a long time since I posted here, but after reading this thread:

http://groups.google.co.uk/group/uk....dd33b2620a6918

...I remembered what a top bunch of people frequent this group.

Anyway, that aside, I have a question, the answer for which I've not
found by searching the group.

Yesterday we looked at a house in Southampton (3 bed semi) which is
electrically heated. It also has an electric hob (all flavours of
which we loath), and only a quarter of the windows were double glazed.

Double glazing costs and the cost of fitting a combi for central
heating we can figure out, but:

a) How would we find out if there is a gas pipe down the street?
b) How much would it cost to get it connected to the house with a
meter?

There is a suspiciously gas-pipe-looking pipe (capped tapered threaded
affair) descending into the cupboard under the stairs (hard to see,
but may be from the floor above). But it's unknown if this is a gas
pipe or not.

Any advice gratefully received.

no idea about the cost but find out here...

http://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/Gas/Connections/

Jim A


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a) How would we find out if there is a gas pipe down the street?


Ask any neighbour? Being a semi you must have at least one?

b) How much would it cost to get it connected to the house with a
meter?


Ask a gas supplier?

There is a suspiciously gas-pipe-looking pipe (capped tapered threaded
affair) descending into the cupboard under the stairs (hard to see,
but may be from the floor above). But it's unknown if this is a gas
pipe or not.


The vast majority of city or large town buildings had gas fitted when they
were built. And if it's not needed it was rare for the supply to be taken
out - just capped. In the '50s many went all electric as there was little
difference in running costs - and town gas was poisonous. Only when North
Sea gas arrived did the large price differential come about.

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In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
Dave Plowman (News) wrote:


There is a suspiciously gas-pipe-looking pipe (capped tapered
threaded affair) descending into the cupboard under the stairs (hard
to see, but may be from the floor above). But it's unknown if this
is a gas pipe or not.


If it comes *down* from the ceiling the house may have been piped
*internally* for gas - but this won't be a gas *supply* pipe. Is there also
one coming *up* from the floor?

The vast majority of city or large town buildings had gas fitted when
they were built. And if it's not needed it was rare for the supply to
be taken out - just capped.


If the property was built within the last 50 or 60 years, chances are that a
supply was laid in from the main and simply blanked off if the
original/previous owner didn't want it. In that case, it *may* be that all
that is needed is to connect a meter between the incoming pipe and the
internal gas distribution pipework.

*BUT* be aware that if the gas main in that road has recently been renewed
(plastic fitted in place of cast iron), any properties not using gas at the
time will have been disconnected from the main - and a more costly digging
operation will be required, to make a new connection.
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