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not_a_plumbernot_a_plumber Posts: 1Member
My parents are getting work done at their house. Mainly their pool and concrete in the backyard. In the process to gas lines were opened and then capped. In short their gas was turned off. So they call me over to get their hot water back. I turned the gas on at the main, and the meter is moving... slowly. Long story shorter, the pilot will not reignite. Do I have to wait for the system to pressurize? Please help. Thank you in advance.

I am not a plumber.


    I intend this comment in the best interest of you and your folks. Get a professional out there ASAP. You really should not be working on gas if you need to ask such questions.
  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Posts: 2,430Member
    If the gas was left off it should have been done for a reason.
    If it was supposed to be left off, the main should have been locked.
    Call the contractor and see what's up.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Posts: 5,967Member
    You need to find out IF the gas line is even safe to be turned on. That's #1

    2d if the meter is moving and nothing in the house is running SHUT IT OFF something leaking.

    Don't take a chance. What kind of contractor cuts and caps a gas line and leaves the customer without gas.

    An UNLICENSED ONE. How do you know he capped the gas line right?
  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Posts: 5,860Member
    I would call the gas company and state that there is a leak somewhere in the house and state that you have shut the gas off at the meter.
    Most gas companies that receive a report of a gas leak must some how address the issue.
    This may get the contractors attention and possibly the building inspection/permit people might also check in.
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 10,884Member
    I might add that you may not smell gas from the leak, particularly if it is underground somewhere, until something blows up.

    Please do as others have said -- shut off the gas and notify the gas company.

    Then, after they have sniffed around and report no problems on their side of the meter, get a competent gas fitter in there to find the problem and fix it.

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • Tim McElwainTim McElwain Posts: 4,259Member
    As a former gas company employee I am telling you to call the local gas company NOW! Do not wait call NOW!
  • HotanCoolHotanCool Posts: 53Member
    He turned the main back on?! :o
  • HotanCoolHotanCool Posts: 53Member

    As a former gas company employee I am telling you to call the local gas company NOW! Do not wait call NOW!

    Hey Tim,I joined the Grid after you left. The guys told me the best training they ever had was from you, up in the old 2cd floor training room. It's a shame that room was dismantled and the old safety measures/training went with it.
  • Tim McElwainTim McElwain Posts: 4,259Member
    Yes it was a very difficult time for me when they decided to get rid of training. I have however survived and when I left Prov Gas at age 55, (I am now 79) I have had a very interesting journey with my knowledge of gas. I own and operate Gas Appliance Service Training and Consulting and the Gas Training Institute here in RI. So I am still a gas man!
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