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Old 02-12-2010, 12:08 AM   #1
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I have two antique vehicles that I store in my basement. I have a gas water heater and a gas central unit licated in the same unfinished area.
I have not lived hear but three months and I plan to build a separate garage.
I am constantly concerned with a possible gas leak and the consequences.
Is there any kind of moniter that could detect such a leak?

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I would definitely pull the fuel lines loose and drain the gas out of the cars! Of course you don't want it just sitting in their tanks anyhow.

Liquid gasoline will of course burn which is not real comforting if stored in the basement but it is not as dangerous as the gas fumes which can be explosive. And since both can travel along the floor it makes it particularly dangerous to have either around pilot lights on water heaters and furnaces that tend to be near the floor. This is why code in most places requires them to be elevated off the floor. Not sure I full grasp the concept a few inches is supposed to make but I guess it makes some sense.

Not sure what kind of detector you would get to spot gasoline leaks in your situation. My fear would be it would give you false security as any sort of pilot light to gasoline combo disaster is probably going to happen quickly. I wouldn't ask your fire department because they will have hissy fits if they find out you are storing cars with gas in your basement.

Carbon monoxide detectors should be part of every home's fire security scenario. I would double check smoke detectors in your situation too. Every home should have all of its members briefed on an emergency evacuation plan too.

Build that garage as soon as you can! Get the cars out of the house.

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Old cars are notorious for gas leaks and fumes, none of which is good where there is an ignition source. Build that garage quickly or remove all fuel/fumes from the vehicles.
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Yeah, storing cars with gas in the basement is not a good idea
Is there a garage door to the basement ? Is it designed as a garage ?
Is it all just one big open space ?
Your Insurance company might have a problem with it too
It would really suck to find out after the fact that something like this violates your insurance policy

I did store my (newer) MC in a back bedroom at the last house
Unheated room, not near any gas flame, door kept closed
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can you isolate the space just like a basement garage under a house
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Sorry to disappoint some of you but the auto is a 1976 MGB Roadster with 10,237 miles. Bought new by my late brother. Nine car shows and 8 first place finishing.
The other is a VF700 Honda Motorcycle 1986 model 3K miles--Mint condition---
Not what some consider "antique" but they are special to me.
I also park my 2001 Truck in the basement.
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Sorry to disappoint some of you but the auto is a 1976 MGB Roadster with 10,237 miles. Bought new by my late brother. Nine car shows and 8 first place finishing.
The other is a VF700 Honda Motorcycle 1986 model 3K miles--Mint condition---
Not what some consider "antique" but they are special to me.
I also park my 2001 Truck in the basement.
If this is a basement garage, I see no reason to do anything with the vehicles. I would not remove the gas from either unit. If you need to remove them from the structure, they should be ready to start. I would put a fuel stabilizer in the tanks to minimize needle sticking. Especially in the MG, if it has the SU or Stromberg carbs. Run the car enough to get the fuel stalilizer into the carburetor bowls.
What gas leaks are you referring to? Gas from the cars or natural gas? Any gasoline leaks should be repaired before you bring them in the structure. You can buy a natural gas detector for under $75.00 that will detect levels that you cannot smell.
Millions of people have garages next to or under their house. I doubt any of them put the cars in there with no fuel in the tanks.
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If this is a basement garage, I see no reason to do anything with the vehicles. I would not remove the gas from either unit. If you need to remove them from the structure, they should be ready to start. I would put a fuel stabilizer in the tanks to minimize needle sticking. Especially in the MG, if it has the SU or Stromberg carbs. Run the car enough to get the fuel stalilizer into the carburetor bowls.
What gas leaks are you referring to? Gas from the cars or natural gas? Any gasoline leaks should be repaired before you bring them in the structure. You can buy a natural gas detector for under $75.00 that will detect levels that you cannot smell.
Millions of people have garages next to or under their house. I doubt any of them put the cars in there with no fuel in the tanks.
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building codes typically require a firewall seperation from house to garage. those vehicles in the basement are not a good idea unless the batteries and gas tanks are removed.
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building codes typically require a firewall seperation from house to garage. those vehicles in the basement are not a good idea unless the batteries and gas tanks are removed.
I'm assuming he's in a garage, otherwise, how do you get cars into a house?
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I'm assuming he's in a garage, otherwise, how do you get cars into a house?
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Many older houses had carriage doors in the basement that led to the backyard (ground level)
At one point they did not have gas heat/HW etc & the basment was a (the) garage
We looked at one house that was setup like this
Back was a walk out (drive-out) basement & there was also a 2 car detached garage
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I'm assuming he's in a garage, otherwise, how do you get cars into a house?
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My neighbor drove his car into his house, through the wall - stopped in the dining room.
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My neighbor drove his car into his house, through the wall - stopped in the dining room.
I hope he removed the gas from the car after he "parked" it.
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