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Old 09-23-2011, 12:02 AM   #1
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As far as I know, it's always had this smell. It's hard to describe but it's only something you notice when right up next to the black pipe in one area. Is this an indication that there's a leak? My natural gas usage is zero for about three or four months of the year (I have an electric water heater) but is it possible that it's so small that it doesn't show up in my meter readings?

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Old 09-23-2011, 07:36 AM   #2
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Natural gas is odorless and treated with the stuff that makes it smell. If you smell it and are unsure what to do, call power company. Any leak, no matter how small needs to be fixed!!!!

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Mix 1/4 cup of dishsoap with water in a spray bottle, and spray the area where you think the leak is. All the joints, even the pipe. If you have a leak, bubbles will show.
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is it what smells like when you turn the stove on before lighting....
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:35 PM   #5
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Tomorrow I'm having the gas leak fixed and the gas line to the kitchen removed. I used the soap water testing method and I do have a small gas leak.

Is black iron pipe still the best material for natural gas lines?
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Black iron is still the best---

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