Jackie Made Copy 574147 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz en-nz JVS Gasfitting Ltd 30 Obligations as a Landlord https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879492 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. 043, 18 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879492 What is Gasfitting? https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879487 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. 043, 18 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879487 List of license classes https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879489 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. 043, 18 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879489 What is an Approved Practitioner? https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879490 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. 043, 18 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879490 Gas Hob Servicing https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879495 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. 043, 18 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879495 Why choose a Certifying Gasfitter? https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879488 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. 043, 18 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879488 New Zealand is a Nation who like to DIY https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879496 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. 043, 18 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879496 Ask for the card https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879491 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 043, 18 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879491 Gas safety in caravans https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879494 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 043, 18 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879494 Fire Servicing https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879503 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. 042, 17 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879503 Buying and selling gas appliances. https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879493 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. 042, 17 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879493 Gas Certifictation https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879504 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. 042, 17 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879504 Differences between LPG and Natural Gas https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879652 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. 042, 16 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879652 LPG https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879650 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. 042, 16 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879650 Natural Gas https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879651 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. 042, 16 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/879651 Tips for safe use of LPG cylinders. https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/880357 Never use damaged or corroded cylinders, This can lead to leaks and fires. Check the date stamp, By law cylinders must be tested every 10 years. Always store and use cylinders upright. Cylinders should be housed in a suitable enclosure. Check cylinders for dents and corrosion, especially around the base. Never attempt to remove or repair cylinder valves. Never expose cylinder to extreme heat. Never incinerate an empty cylinder, It may explode. Never try to fill your own cylinder, Only trained persons using special equipment can do so safely. 042, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/880357 Gas Heaters https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/882162 LPG and natural gas heaters are used widely to warm New Zealand home and businesses. Used wisely, gas is instant, reliable, efficient and safe. However, like any other form of energy it must be treated with respect to prevent accidents. In small rooms (eg bedrooms and bathrooms) a permanently installed gas heater may only be used in restricted circumstances. Ask a licensed gasfitter for advise. Don't use unflued gas appliances, such as LPG cabinet heaters or instantaneous water heaters in small rooms or in bedrooms and bathrooms. 042, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/882162 Gas appliance operational safety https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/882163 Gas appliances need to be operated and maintained in accordance with their operating instructions (where applicable), to ensure they remain safe in normal use, and are only used for the purpose for which they were designed and tested. 042, 14 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.jvsgasfitting.co.nz/blog/882163