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Old 08-13-2010, 02:17 PM   #1
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Natural Gas "Flow Rate Check"?

Today I found a handwritten card at my door.

It was from the gas company.

They wanted to conduct a "Flow Rate Check"?

A year ago, we had installed a Wield Mclain gas heater / boiler.
This unit is saving us, $20 to $30 dollars per month.

Just recently we canceled the Gas Company's furnace service plan also.
Are they attempting to check up on the reduced gas issue or tinker with the contractor (heating and cooling) installed unit?

Is this a trick and if not, how would they conduct a, "flow rate check"?


That hand written card bothers me.


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Old 08-13-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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You say "the gas company". Is the company name on the note exactly the same as the one on your gas bill?
Or just phone your gas company and try to schedule an appointment for their "flow rate check". My guess is they wont know what you are talking about.
I think somebody will be trying to sell you something.


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Old 08-13-2010, 03:59 PM   #3
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At 5 CFM a 40 gal. plastic trash bag would fill in about 60 seconds. The problem is how to do this test safely, and outside.

Knowing your htr/boiler 'input BTU/hr' from the unit nameplate and the 'heat of combustion' of NG should tell you the flow rate.

Like #2 said, I think it is probably a con job. Fraud pays. In MD,

the elements of “fraud” are:
(1) that the defendant made a false
representation to the plaintiff, (2) that its
falsity was either known to the defendant or
that the representation was made with
reckless indifference as to its truth, (3)
that the misrepresentation was made for the
purpose of defrauding the plaintiff, (4) that
the plaintiff relied on the misrepresentation
and had the right to rely on it, and (5) that
the plaintiff suffered compensable injury
resulting from the misrepresentation.

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Old 08-13-2010, 06:06 PM   #4
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Call them and invite them into the house.
When they get there, beat them to death with a bat, I like a Louisville slugger.
Body disposal can be tricky.
Email me personally for advice.

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Old 08-13-2010, 06:22 PM   #5
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Now everybody settle down...if he/she just calls the gas company, he/she can ask them if its on the level.
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