....and I don't mean of the type the Queen has! I know there are a few on here so I thought I'd ask your advice.
Looking to change the gas cooker we have at the moment. Nothing specifically wrong with it, other than it's the one we inherited when we moved in and looking at getting a newer (better) one. All that would need doing is the old one disconnected and the new one connected up.
I was thinking I would be able to do this myself (I'm certainly competent enough) but I know with gas there are more regulations etc. I rang a CORGI guy I know through a business networking group I go to and he told me a few things which I hadn't realised, but he was also a bit vague as well in his explanation.
What he told me was.....
Have I been fed a pile of BS? Does the price sound somewhat excessive for the job I've explained? More importantly, is there anything to stop me from doing it myself?
- Firstly, cookers don't come with the hose for the cooker to supply pipe connection, supposedly so that Joe Bloggs (me) can't then connect their cooker up and potentially not do it right. If the manufacturer supplied a hose then it could come back to them if Joe Bloggs blew a house up. You have to, according to him, get a hose separately and only CORGI people can get them.
Is this true? Do cookers not come with the hose?, and what stops you just transferring the hose from the old cooker? Are they model specific and can only CORGI people get them?
- He also said that due to the new regs you apparently need 'Planning Permission' to connect up a cooker?! I thought. He said that through a CORGI person they can basically do this for you, or you could do it through the council if you wanted to - which basically implied that you didn't need to be CORGI registered to do a connection? Confused? Yep, I certainly was.
- I then asked him is it actually illegal for me to connect up a new cooker - this was where he was vague. He didn't (couldn't?) actually say yes, just that he wouldn't recommend it. Yeah, I wouldn't recommend somebody change their discs and pads if they didn't know what they were doing, but if you know what you're doing then it's not a problem!
I definitely know that it just had to be a 'competent' person that made the connection - but is it now the case that it has to, by law, be a CORGI person?
- I asked him how much he'd charge to disconnect the old one and reconnect the new one - bearing in mind it's just a straight swap of cookers. He said it'd be £85!!!! How much I thought?!!! For a job that'll probably take you 20 mins tops, even including attaching the restraining chains to the wall that you have to do these days.
Lastly, sorry for all the Q's, if the price does sound like it's taking the pee (which I thought it was), and I have to have a CORGI person do the job, do you know any mates in East Sussex that'll do it without fleecing me?