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    Friday Exploding Friday

    Happy friday everyone. Scary night last night. Around 70 houses and buildings, exploded or caught fire in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover. They evacuated whole sections of these towns, even going door to door. My daughter lives in North Andover. Things were scary for a bit. She doesn't have natural gas and uses oil for heat. But we didn't know if there were pipelines in the street or if they'd be forced to evacuate with my two granddaughters or if they'd cut power to their section of town. None of that happened and they're safe but not so lucky for lots of folks who were displaced or worse lost their house and possessions. One 18 year old boy died when a house exploded and the chimney fell on him. Last I knew there was a 9 alarm emergency as fire crews from neighboring communities responded. My firend who works for a gas utility down in the Boston area that is currently out on a lockout said their union has volunteered to help out.

    As far as they know the problems were caused by overpressurization of the gas lines which caused leaks into the houses. Once that happens all it takes is a spark to set it off.

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    Morning folks

    Chill in the air here

    Saw that on the news thats crazy. dont homes have a regulator on them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wide View Post
    Morning folks

    Chill in the air here

    Saw that on the news thats crazy. dont homes have a regulator on them?
    The appliances do but I don't think there's one at the main so I'm guessing the pressure was high enough to force leaks somewhere along the line.

    I'm surprised this made the national news. Here we had continuous coverage but I figured it'd get buried with other national news like the hurricane. That hurricane looks like it's stalled and just sitting over them poor folks in NC and SC dumping rain on them.
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    Just talked to a buddy who's dad owns a construction company and he said there is a regulator at the main but if the pressure is high enough they'll blow through. In some houses the meter is still inside the basement but a lot of houses have moved theirs outside. Mine was moved outside years ago but earlier this year a friend who works for the utility was over my house for a barbecue and changed out the meter because it was leaking. So I don't know. I would think this stuff would be fail safe. makes you think oil heat is the safe way to go.

    My utility worker friends say there are instances where a gas pipe will leak somewhere outside the house say out near the road and travel into the house by following the line underground through the porous dirt. And then a spark sets it off.
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    What a mess. we have high pressure gas at the shop it has a huge 2 stage regulator. I guess some company will come out with better regulators and make billions off the gas company as they are now on notice the old ones suck LOL
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    They'll be lots of insurance claims for sure and lawsuits against the gas utility company. The governor said it's going to be a while before they let some of those folks back into their homes.
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    I have high pressure gas.

    I found a house in FL. Supposed to close in a couple weeks. How's that for fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthureld View Post
    I have high pressure gas.

    I found a house in FL. Supposed to close in a couple weeks. How's that for fast.

    Nice house! Best of luck.
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    Yes nice house there. And that was quick.
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    Thanks guys. We looked at a lot of crap. We're very happy to get this one.
    Florida home prices are going up fast.
    My sister bought condos for $20,000. They had Chinese drywall so my brother in law ripped it all out and replaced it. They're worth $200,000 now.
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