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Covering a capped gas pipe after having gas fire remived

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by gap, 7 Dec 2017.

  1. gap

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    Hello, had the local gas engineer out to pull out and cap my gas fire. I forgot to ask him what to do when decorating the newly exposed wall. He helpfully chisseled into the wall a bit so the cap doesn't stick out. So I could just fill it.

    Just wondered if this is normal practice, or if I should be leaving some kind of removable plate in the wall in case someone down the line wants to put a fire back in, or to warn them not to stick a nail in there?
     
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  3. Fred61

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    There is no need to do anything more than just fill and make good the wall. However with pics being so simple to take and print. I would now put a tape measure across from a side wall and up from the floor to provide a reference for it’s location in the future. Print it off and keep safe it may be years before you need them. Fred.
     
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    Thanks for the reassurance Fred. Taking a photo for future reference is a great tip as well.
     
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    I know it's late but there shouldn't be a live redundant gas pipe left in the wall. The engineer should have disconnected at the other end.
     
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    Thanks John,
    That certainly sounds sensible, however the gas pipe seems to go straight back into the concrete floor from my gas meter without splitting into separate pipes, so I'm not sure how it would be possible to disconnect the gas-fire pipe.
     
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    It's true you shouldn't leave this gas pipe capped and hidden in filler in a wall. I had a gas fire taken out and pipe capped under floorboards. I believe this shouldn't be done either but probably like you my gas meter just had one pipe disappearing under the floor and splitting off somewhere to my central heating boiler. I'd say it's not quite so bad under a floor but I really don't think you should totally conceal it if its live.
     
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