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Gas pipes in dry lining walls
In 1989 a qualified gas fitter re routed pipework from a new meter box up a dry lined wall that is open ended in the loft space. Also a few years ago British Gas have put a new meter in (who are saying that it's not their responsibility, even though they connected to an illegal fitting).
Yesterday a gas fitter was checking my gas fire but said he had to test all appliances. When he spotted the gas pipe at the meter running into what he thought was a cavity wall, he said this was illegal and phoned transgas who turned the gas off. I'm now left with no heating, no cooking facilities or hot water with my partner and I and 4 children. Was the fitter right? What can I do now?
You will have to look into it further but to the best of my knowledge unless regs have changed recently, you can have gas pipes in dry lined walls. Either have the pipe battened and sealed both sides of pipe and open vented at both ends to stop the cavity filling with gas in the case of a leak, or totally cover the pipe in dry lining adhesive for the same reason, the pipe through this length should be covered in yellow pvc tape to protect from corrosion.
Answered 11th Oct 2013