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Gasfitting: October 2020

  • Gasfitting is any work involved in installing, altering or repairing gas appliances
    including the fixing or unfixing of any gas pipes, ventilation or flue pipes,
    commissioning gas appliances and ensuring their safe operation (including the
    testing, setting, checking and adjusting of safety devices, combustion conditions
    and controls associated with the gas installation and ensuring there is adequate
    ventilation).

    Gasfitting includes work on appliances fitted to ships, boats, caravans, motorhomes,
    trains and any other vehicles, and also includes work on gas appliances fixed within
    buildings that are supplied by gas bottles of any size.

    A certifying gasfitter is responsible for the testing, verification and the supervision
    of tradesman gasfitters, Journeyman gasfitters, limited certificate (trainee
    gasfitters) and exempted persons.

    Work that is not defined as gasfitting includes:
    Work on portable gas appliances which have the gas bottle attached such as
    barbecues, cabinet heaters and patio heaters, although the Plumbers, Gasfitters
    and Drainlayers Board strongly recommends that a gasfitter is used.
    Posted: Sunday 18 October 2020
  • Why choose a Certifying Gasfitter?
    As a Certifying Gasfitter Jason has gained the highest qualification available. He
    can complete both the work and sign off on the job. This means when you book
    your gas fitting projects with us, Jason can manage the job from start to finish,
    meaning you only have to deal with the one person.
    Posted: Sunday 18 October 2020
  • Licence category | Certifying Gasfitter
    The highest qualification available. These people are qualified and registered.
    They are responsible for ensuring both their own work and the work of anyone
    they supervise is done competently.

    A Certifying Gasfitter provides gasfitting certificates. (Also see gasfitting
    certificates at www.worksafe.govt.nz)

    Licence category | Tradesman Gasfitter
    These people are qualified and registered and usually work independently.
    However, a nominated certifying tradesperson (supervisor), is ultimately
    responsible for ensuring that the work is done competently.

    Licence category | Journeyman Gasfitter
    These people have completed a trade qualification but have not passed the
    Board's licensing exam. They are registered and authorised.

    Training | Limited Certificate Trainee Gasfitter
    These are people who are working towards becoming qualified. They can do the
    work but must be supervised by a certifying person who is ultimately
    responsible for ensuring the work is done competently.

    Licence category | Exemption 20
    These people are not registered and don't have a full qualification, but they can
    do gasfitting work within the scope of the exemption that has been granted.
    They may also be granted permission to file gasfitting certificates of compliance.

    Licence category | Exemption 21
    These people are not registered and don't have a full qualification, but they can
    do gasfitting work provided they are supervised by a certifying person, who
    must ensure that the work is done competently.
    Posted: Sunday 18 October 2020
  • As of the 1st of July 2013 every imported LPG installation (this means
    appliances for boats, caravans and imported or manufactured commercial
    appliances) has to be endorsed by an approved practitioner. This is a
    requirement by energy safety and is important to keep you, and those around
    you, safe.

    As an approved practitioner Jason can endorse your imported appliances for
    boats and caravans as well as commercial appliances, Jason can complete your
    gas jobs for them too. He can check yours out and make sure it’s safe and
    sound to use in New Zealand. Jason comes under the ‘21 or fewer’ category

    which applies to gas appliances or any description of which there are 21 or
    fewer in New Zealand.
    Posted: Sunday 18 October 2020
  • Ask for the card
    Save yourself from accidentally hiring a Gasfitter who isn't qualified by asking for
    the card.

    All authorised tradespeople must carry their NZ Practising Licence issued by the
    Board. Ask to sight it before any work begins.

    You can also check the register on the below link to see if someone is qualified
    Posted: Sunday 18 October 2020
  • If you are a landlord of any residential premises, you must ensure any gas
    appliance or installation in the premises is safe and you must not allow any person to use an unsafe gas appliance or installation.

    You must ensure that the occupier of any residential premises is provided with
    adequate instructions for the safe use of any gas appliances or installation.

    For more information see link below.
    Posted: Sunday 18 October 2020
  • Gas safety in caravans
    Always ensure adequate ventilation when using your gas appliance, ensure
    ventilation openings are clear and if in doubt open a window or door. Gas
    appliances actually need a lot of fresh air to work properly!

    For more information check out the link below
    Posted: Sunday 18 October 2020
  • Gas Hob Servicing
    Your kitchen gas hob should be serviced every year by a qualified gasfitter.
    Having it serviced regularly ensures that the gas hob is safe to use and that it is
    producing the right heat and energy efficiency when cooking.
    Posted: Sunday 18 October 2020
  • When it comes to Gasfitting though there isn't a lot you can legally do. Check the
    attached link to check its legal or gives us a call and we can let you know.
    Posted: Sunday 18 October 2020
  • Buying and selling gas appliances.
    When buying a new or second hand gas appliance consider its safety as part of your
    decision. Only buy appliances that have been tested for safety. You must also consider the safety of the appliance if you are selling it to others.

    For more information see link below.
    Posted: Saturday 17 October 2020
  • Fire Servicing
    Did you know its an insurance requirement to have your gas fire serviced as per the manufacturers specifications? Not only is it a requirement but it also ensures its working at its best.
    Posted: Saturday 17 October 2020
  • All gasfitting carried out since 1st July 2013 requires certification.

    Once gasfitting is connected, the person responsible for the work has to issue a Gas Safety Certificate (GSC) that indicates the gas installation or part installation is safe to use and the gasfitting work has not adversely affected any other part of the gas installation. This is supported by certificates of compliance (COCs) for any gasfitting defined as high risk or general risk.
    Posted: Saturday 17 October 2020
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is the generic name for mixtures of hydrocarbons (mainly propane and butane) stored in the liquid state.

    LPG is colourless, odourless and heavier than air. A stenching agent is added to give it a distinctive and unpleasant smell, sometimes described as rotten cabbage, so that even a very small leak can be easily detected.

    LPG burns readily in air and is an excellent fuel for heating, cooking and for vehicles.

    In most places in the world LPG is propane gas. In other places butane is sometimes used. New Zealand is unusual in that its LPG is a mixture of both propane and butane. This is why it is important that imported LPG appliances are suitable for New Zealand’s mixture of gases.
    Posted: Friday 16 October 2020
  • Natural gas is a highly combustible odourless and colourless hydrocarbon gas largely composed of methane. Natural gas is created in roughly the same manner as oil, by processes that act upon organic matter over millions of years.

    A stenching agent is added to give it a distinctive and unpleasant smell, sometimes described as rotten cabbage, so that even a very small leak can be easily detected.

    High combustibility coupled with ease of use and good clean combustion makes natural gas a highly valued resource.

    Natural gas is primarily used for heating homes, cooking and running appliances such as water heaters and clothes dryers.
    Posted: Friday 16 October 2020
  • Natural Gas
    Consists mainly of methane. The large proportion of methane is one of the reasons natural gas has such a good safety record.

    Methane is lighter than air and will disperse relatively easily if there is a gas leak.


    Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
    Is a hydrocarbon fuel comprised primarily of propane or butane, either separately or as a mixture.

    LPG is non-toxic, and non-corrosive.

    LPG is produced during the production of oil and gas, and is stored in tanks and transported by road tanker trucks or in cylinders.

    LPG is mainly stored in tanks in liquid form and is heavier than air.

    LPG tends to collect in low points and is more difficult to disperse than natural gas, so is therefore more prone to catch fire or explode if a leak occurs.
    Posted: Friday 16 October 2020

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