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I want to cancel my natural gas service this summer. Is that possible?

I would like to cancel my natural gas service this summer. Last year, I didn't use any natural gas during June-August. I have a gas furnace and also a gas stove/fireplace. I do not have a hot water heater since that's supplied by the building. I don't cook or use the fireplace. [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on May 28, 2014 - 5 answers

What regular maintenance should I schedule for our new home?

We bought a house, yay. It’s a small 1910’s bungalow with gas appliances and everything basically works. The foundation’s been replaced in the not-too-distant past and it’s ready for an earthquake. I've never been anything but a renter, so what kinds of regular maintenance should I be thinking about to minimize the risk of catastrophic emergency repairs? Plumbing, gas, heating, electrical, sewers: what’s a good schedule, and what kinds of things do I ask for to make clear that there’s nothing particularly wrong but I’d like to keep it that way? I looked at this old question, but most of the interesting-sounding links are dead.
posted by migurski on Nov 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Can I make Fire + Wood Deck = Safe?

We will be building a deck in a few weeks, and another aspect we would like to have with our new outdoor environment is a nice small fire to sit around for the cooler Minnesota evenings. What are our options without risking burning the deck (and/or the house) down? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Aug 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Natural Gas Smell

I did something colossally stupid this evening: Put up some pasta on the stove and then fell promptly asleep for a little while on the couch. Woke up to a terrible smell of natural gas. Found the water in the pot had spilled over and doused the flame of the burner it was cooking on. With the gas on high. It was probably like that for about 10 minutes or so. And now, four hours later, the house still has a strong-ish odor. Here is my question: does the smell indicate that gas is still present in the house, and if so, should I be concerned for the health and safety of my small children, who are sleeping a hallway away from the kitchen? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Will haz explosion?

Smell that isn't like gas from the oven/burner but is like when radiators go on in winter is in apartment. Freak out or no? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Aug 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Why is stomach gas making me feel so terrible?

Whenever I eat, I get a lot of gas in my stomach. It starts building up shortly after I start eating and makes me feel short of breath, extremely yawny, and tired - even dizzy sometimes. It lasts for hours. It takes dozens or hundreds of burps to clear this up, and when I can successfully burp enough it always resolves. Why might the gas make me feel this way? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Jul 24, 2013 - 19 answers

I don't want to blow up, but I also want a cleaner oven.

I have an old, small gas oven in my new apartment that desperately needs cleaning. The problem is that it has pilot lights. Help me! [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Jun 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Any precautions needed in soldering to a millivolt gas control system?

A gas stove in our family room uses a thermocouple, millivolt valve and manual switch to control the gas to the stove. I need to solder a new switch to the leads that go to the old switch (the total wire length is about 4 feet). What precautions do I need to take to ensure that I do not blow out the millivolt gas valve when I do the soldering? [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on Feb 18, 2013 - 7 answers

How much electricity does a gas boiler use?

I know this question is a little bit arbitrary, but any response will be helpful. I live in a 2 family spilt house/condo. I noticed that my electrical box is powering the OTHER unit's gas boiler. I assume that the electrical just feeds the thermostat and maybe triggering the pilot to boil the water?? (My knowledge here is limited.) Without knowing too much about their heating use, I am trying to determine the urgency of getting an electrician to switch it from my electricity to the other unit's electrical box.
posted by lccslug on Jan 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Have I breathed in something bad for me?

Is my unseated toilet pipe going to kill me somehow overnight? [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Sep 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Gassy baby is gassy

Please give me your best tips to burp a six week old, or otherwise soothe a gassy infant. [more inside]
posted by bq on Aug 7, 2012 - 27 answers

Stop sparking!

The sparkers on my gas cook-top keep 'sparking' even when everything is turned off. There is no gas flowing to the range but the little spark plugs keeping sparking by themselves. From my lounge room I can hear them and it's getting worse and worse. Any ideas? Should I just get someone in to fix it? European stainless steel cook-top around 10 years old. I saw this AskMefi, but it doesn't quite answer my question.
posted by evil_esto on Jun 30, 2012 - 6 answers

The car that idled way too slow

The car had run out of gas. When it got gas and finally started, it ran very strangely. How come? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Mar 17, 2012 - 15 answers

a crash course in natural gas

What are the best resources (books, journals, blogs, etc) for becoming highly knowledgeable about the natural gas industry? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Aug 12, 2011 - 3 answers

Help, I'm In An Abusive Relationship With My Innards

I've been a puking, painful sulfur factory for a month and a half. All my test results have been negative, and my GP is stumped. Wondering if anyone's experienced similar and can clue me in about what I have. Warning: Gross. [more inside]
posted by Gianna on May 3, 2011 - 22 answers

Pilot light help?

Pilot light help. [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Jan 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Repair or replace old gas dryer?

My old gas dryer turns off its fire after 5 minutes. Repair or replace? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Trouble completing yawns?

I yawn a lot, and often have trouble "completing" yawns. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Jun 29, 2010 - 21 answers

Getting rid of a gas stove in good condition

I have a gas stove in good condition that I want to get rid of. Salvation Army's donation pickup line in my area (Boston) never answers my calls and never returns my messages. What other options do I have? Also, I was told by the stove salesman that selling the stove wasn't a good idea because I'd be liable if the purchaser hooked it up wrong and poisoned or exploded themselves. Is this true, or was it just FUD?
posted by Plutor on May 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Why does my gas cooker not have gas anymore, and what do I do about it?

My gas hob/stove/cooktop doesn't have gas anymore, in any of the 4 rings. Our gas boiler appears to be working fine as we're still getting heating and hot water. The electric oven on the same appliance also works fine. The ignition works, it's just there's no gas coming through, but there was yesterday. What is wrong, and what do I do?
posted by Kirn on Apr 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Gas tank icon mystery solved?

On which side of the car is the gas tank? [more inside]
posted by chocolatetiara on Apr 1, 2010 - 56 answers

Ipod battery gas woes...

I punctured the sealed bag encasing my Ipod replacement battery and I can smell a sweet gas. Nice right? [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Mar 9, 2010 - 7 answers

What, there's no Saturn gas on eBay?

What can an 11 year old use (safely) as a sample of gas from Saturn? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Mar 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Stoves: Electric coils vs. Electric flat top?

Stoves: Electric coils vs. Electric flat top? Cost of propane tank installation? [more inside]
posted by maulik on Jan 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Why do I have explosively angry ice cubes trying to kill me?

I'd like to know the physics of why my ice cubes seem to want to kill me for disturbing their freezing. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jan 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Analog thermostat went binary.

Why has my thermostat gone binary? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Jan 1, 2010 - 10 answers

Close the door, you're letting the heat out!

My new house came with a scary, creepy "Cozy" brand gas wall furnace. It's 15º right now. How much money am I burning by using it? [more inside]
posted by hollisimo on Dec 8, 2009 - 26 answers

How to make my dog have a solid stool?

What type (not brand) of dog food is good for dogs with bad gas and soft stool? [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Nov 23, 2009 - 22 answers

Could I be brain-dead?

Could I be brain-dead? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Nov 17, 2009 - 14 answers

Is Sears always the answer?

I have $2,000-$2500 to spend on a good gas range What should I get? [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Nov 13, 2009 - 7 answers

How to get 91 octane gas in an 87/89/93 area?

How can I get 91 octane gas in an area that seems to sell only 87/89/93? What sort of damage might I have caused to a new vehicle by filling it with 87 for a little while? [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Oct 22, 2009 - 21 answers

Do we need to evacuate?

name that mysterious acrid smell/taste! [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 21, 2009 - 6 answers

Mythbust supermarket petrol for me, please.

Is supermarket petrol bad for my car? [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Aug 30, 2009 - 14 answers

emergency road trip on basically zero dollars.

A friend has been in an accident and I need to get to where she is ASAP. Problem? I only have $150 to my name. Please help me figure out whether I can make this emergency road trip without (a) dying or (b) running out of money. Main issue: how much money will gas for this trip really cost? [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jul 28, 2009 - 40 answers

How do I clean under this grody gas stove top?

How do I safely clean under the cook top of my gas range? [more inside]
posted by jennyb on May 16, 2009 - 8 answers

You spin me round right baby right round, like a record...

Need to get Excel to ROUND properly in a custom way, details inside... [more inside]
posted by emjay on Mar 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Something is rotten in my state (not Denmark).

Last Wednesday I was assaulted by a foul smell in my front (guest) bathroom. I have been trying to pinpoint the cause for several days. I'm about to go out of town and need advice on what to do, especially since I'm extremely broke and have tried all the usual methods of attack. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Oct 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Advise on camping burners?

I'm trying to find a cheapish single burner stove for camping, and a local store is selling the Primus Classic Trail burner, BUT has run out of Primus gas cylinders. Is it possible to use it with another brand? The girl in the store said it wasn't recommended, but how bad will it be: is it the "doesn't work well" type of not recommended, or the "might explode" type of not recommended? [more inside]
posted by easternblot on Aug 2, 2007 - 16 answers

Does gasoline burn at different rates in my car's gastank?

In three cars I've driven, I get about 300 miles per tank of gas. But with all three cars, I can get up to 200 miles by the time I hit 1/2 tank. But invariably, by the time I near the 300 mile mark, I'm on E. Am I nuts or do gas seem to burn faster in the lower 1/2 of my tank? Is this mental or by design? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Apr 7, 2007 - 22 answers

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