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Offline LowSL2

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Gas Leak Detection
« on: May 12, 2013, 09:48:44 AM »
What do you guys use to detect gas leaks?  $ears gives us the soapy bubbles to look for gas leaks. They just recently gave me a gas leak detector that looks like was made in the mid 90's.  I had a recurring recall on a new Bosch cooktop that had a gas smell. Last tech replaced all the valves three times. They sent me out with the detector. Found a small leak at the pressure regulator. The geniuses that installed it didn't seal the threads... Bubbles didn't work either.

So, what do you guys use?

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Re: Gas Leak Detection
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 10:49:38 AM »
Lucky you. Sears/A&E doesn't provide me with a gas leak detector. Nobody in our unit has one. So, if I can't find it with "Mr. Bubble" I tell the customer to call their gas company & have them pinpoint the leak and call us back to make the repair.

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Re: Gas Leak Detection
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 10:51:51 AM »
Used Mickey Mouse (or other brand) blow bubbles that the kids use to have fun.  Been using them back in the day when I serviced Mobile Homes (1970's).   Used it just last year to find freon leak in my AC.  Leak was miniscue, very tiny bubbles, had to almost use magnifying glass, but I found it none-the-less.  :rofl: O0
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Re: Gas Leak Detection
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2013, 11:26:37 AM »
Dollar store liquid dish detergent, it's cheap enough that it is thin and flows. Always find the leak.

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Re: Gas Leak Detection
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013, 11:47:59 AM »
I use a Bacharach Leakator Jr. to find the leak area and dishwashing soap to pinpoint the leak. Before that I had a UEI detector that was a piece of junk.

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Re: Gas Leak Detection
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 12:15:29 PM »
Out of curiosity what does that thing cost, site does not give an indication.
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Re: Gas Leak Detection
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013, 12:48:02 PM »
I bought off ebay back in January for $168 shipped, which was the best price I found at the time.  There's one on there right now with no bids at $115 and a BIN price of 156.95 shipped, with 20 hours to go. The one I got was new but I think it was pretty old stock, the batteries died after two uses.

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Re: Gas Leak Detection
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2013, 01:06:31 PM »
Still works though.  I am skeptical of Ebay.   Bought a craftsman IF thermometer brand new in case.  Worked accurately for a week, then gave temps 10-15 degrees below actual temps.   took to sears & they would not warrant it because I did not have a Sears receipt although it is a Craftsman.
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Re: Gas Leak Detection
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2013, 01:07:31 PM »
Soap bubbles. POCO just tells my customers its in this area of the stove(Usually burners). I go out and cant ever find a leak...........

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Re: Gas Leak Detection
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2013, 01:53:17 PM »
Again I like the kiddy bubbles.  I use a 1 inch natural paintbrush & scrub the heck out of the fittings with bubble solution which causes it to bubble up.  I find even the tiniest of leaks with careful observation & adequate lighting.  Like I said I found a minute Freon leak, the bubbling was very slow & tiny, fraction of an inch in diameter, but they were multiplying.
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