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The Lone Drainer Recipe Collection It’s the second month of the New Year and we’re all still full of good intentions. I, The Lone Drainer, the fastest plumber in the Eastern suburbs, hereby announce my New Years Resolution: I will become a better cook. I am committing in print in the hope that my public announcement will help me stick...

Gas heater time again

Winter 2018 is coming to Sydney. With some much needed rain approaching as we head towards June 1st, it's time to go looking for some indoor heating. If you haven't run your gas heater since last winter, please dust it and ensure the bayonet fittings are well lubricated before inserting the heater hose. Check for leaks. If you're not sure...

Clear the air

Many of us are back to work today January 4th 2016 after our Christmas break. Time, love and laughter with family and friends, rest and re-charge. We've had a few plumbing emergencies that couldn't wait. Blocked drains, burst water pipes and a rusty galvanised gas service that led to a complete pipe re-run on New Years Eve. People are grateful...

Storm drains overflow

We had another storm blast through Sydney this afternoon. We were safely on a boat in Rushcutters Bay fitting the gas cooker as the 60 knot wind blew through. The rain poured down with hail stones thrown in. The storm flooded all the local street drains and in some places the gutters were up to 400mm deep in stormwater. Please...

My car is powered by sewage

[caption id="attachment_1759" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Methane powered beetle[/caption] This post was brought to my attention by the ever vigilant Richard Piper. When you ring our office for help you may speak to him. Tell him you enjoyed this post; I did! Sewage powered VW Beetle hits the road in Bristol! A Volkswagen Beetle powered by gas from sewage has taken to...

Hot Water Heaters are Big ticket items $$$$

Where is your hot water supply coming from. Is it electric or gas? Can you turn off the supply safely? The pressure relief valve (T&PR valve), usually near the top of the heater, should be eased quarterly; it does drip water under normal circumstances, but should not constantly be running. Turning your water heater off whilst on holidays saves electricity...

What do you know about your gas supply?

Winter starts tomorrow and if gas is your preferred method of heating then read on... Natural gas is a great resource to have in any home for ovens, cooktops and hot water heating. However leaks in a high pressure gas line can be extremely dangerous especially if they go unnoticed or are allowed to continue unchecked. The massive explosion in...

7 easy ways to extend the life of your Water Heater

Have you found yourself in a situation where its winter and you head home for a shower after work, or after a rugby or netball training session, turn on the hot water tap and the water is cold? There are many plumbing fixtures around your home, the bath or hand basin, kitchen sink, of course the toilet and some homes, offices and...

What Will Happen If I Ignore that Gas Leak?

Many people have no clue what natural gas smells like, so how can they recognise if they have a gas leak? Chemical compounds are placed in the natural gas to give it an odour, and most often it smells like rotten eggs. This odour ensures that when a person smells it, they would be alerted to a problem. People trained...

What’s that smell? A pig of a gas leak

As licensed gasfitters,we have electronic equipment  that detects  gas leaks from all sorts of gas appliance, gas pipelines and gas meters, but this one  is unusual.... A big pig with flatulence sparked a "gas emergency" near the Victorian city of Bendigo last week when the smell wafting from a  120kg oinker sparked fears of a potentially dangerous gas leak. Two...

Are you Ready for Spring?

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner! This means footy finals, Spring Racing and cricket! You don't have to change your sleep habits to watch the games, and you can start planning a good old BBQ with family and friends. This also means that people will want to get their backyard into shape, and the NSW State Government is helping with...

Danger of Gas Room Heaters

Last weekend, a dear friend asked me to look at his gas room heater. We opened the heater to have a good look inside and it appeared that the motor had overheated and had started to melt the casing. It was a disaster waiting to happen! Fortunately there was a tradesman working next door who quickly came on the scene...