Some interesting points made there, thanks guys. I admit it was a bit of a rant but it does seem strange that this should happen given the evidence below.
From reading this website my diagnosis was partially blocked pilot which I did state to him after the condemnation.
Please forgive any typo's my fingers are frozen!
This was the last job the original guy did yesterday; as he left he said he's off on his hols for 2 weeks! Yeah thanks!!
So I have a powergen eng coming next week @£70 callout (they ARE current gas sup) and for ref BG wont come unless I take out a service [email protected]
£300PA or pay a similar call out, not that desperate, yet.
Some more info for consideration: (due to being discon I can now peer at and dismantle parts I couldn’t before)
Baxi bermuda pw2 /552 boiler / fire installed replacing existing (unknown) boiler, it is fitted in my dining room chimney in a standard 3 bed semi, fitted in 1983 by BG and serviced annually (?) by BG, I have the original invoice for installation and last service report from 2002. I know its old but it was perfectly functional.
The service report states 'ventilation satisfactory - yes, flue satisfactory - yes, appliance sound - yes'. I also have 2 (corgi) check sheets from when the cavity insulation was fitted 2 months back, they tested the flue with the boiler running with smoke matches before and after the job and there was no problems. I was in the room but didn’t actually see where the smoke went - they are corgi and they said fine!
The original invoice states 'the flue from the boiler will be taken to atmosphere using: (handwritten) existing flue liner if suitable' flue fits snugly into the adapter plate 6 inch or so above heat ex. Flue o/s dia is 5.5 inch. The space around the flue is blocked up with insulation so any smoke / fumes went up the flue not around it. I pulled some of this out and could see that the flue goes up at least to the ceiling where it disappears round a kink in the chimney, there are e no fireplaces upstairs but the chimney breast drops from being 6 foot wide to 2 foot.
bomb test - the bomb was placed on a bit of metal from his pocket ontop of the heat ex without the boiler running, everything went up the correct way.
Smoke match test - boiler and fire running full tilt, firefront not fitted.
Doors and windows shut, vent in wall so open I could and still can shove both my arms through it together (what size does it legally need to be?) match held next to the fires rectangular flue where it fits into the boiler cowl. No test on the fire or boiler alone was performed. There are no extractors in the house just another identical but open chimney in the next room. - The only source of heat currently. He only performed one test in front of me and didn’t intro any more ventilation and retest is the wrong?
Heat x - seems quite clean, I gave it a quick brushing and only a few bits of rust and gritty material fell away, I pulled out the 2 plates from ontop and the middle of the heat x and used a bottle brush between fins, again no significant debris, my highly technical test
blowing from above I felt the draft below in all corners of the boiler cavity so its not completely clogged up. For 20 years service I’d say its in very good nick.
The cut off:
He didn't 'ask' permission but did say if he didn’t discon he would notify the gas board who would turn off the supply in the street immediately, he left a notice on the fire front and a form I had to sign. Does that make it legal?
Banter - he wasn’t for talking throughout and didn't like my questioning the cut-off procedure and asking about what to do to get reconnected.
Liar ?- ok maybe a bit strong but he was totally unhelpful and it seemed like he'd decided to discon it before he'd arrived.
Me 'competent' - If I was Corgi reg I wouldn’t have called him out, my chosen career does however prove I have a working knowledge of aero / fluid dynamics, electrics and electronics (not for telling where on this forum but 'aeroplanes'.... is a good a clue)
Where can joe public view all the corgi regulations to which their property should comply? Its nowhere obvious.
If I refuse to sign something in my line of work based on safety grounds or not I have to back it up with chapter and verse from a QA controlled document or risk being hung drawn and quartered