Is my wife allowed under Corgi Regulations to clean our gas hob?

Having carefully read the Corgi Gas Installer Manual whilst researching a reply in Yahoo “Answers” regarding the extent of work an electrician or similar tradesman is able to perform in connection with a gas appliance. I am rather disturbed at what I read assuming my interpretation is correct. In the Manual PART B Qualifications and supervision para 3. (1) is clear enough stating that “No person shall carry out any work in relation to a gas fitting or gas storage vessel unless he is competent to do so” Competency is defined elsewhere as a Registered Gas Installer. The definition of “fitting” is what causes me concern. This is defined in PART A “gas fittings” which means gas pipework, valves regulators and meters and fittings, (OK so far but then continues, apparatus and appliances designed for use by consumers of gas for heating, lighting, cooking or other purposes for which gas can be used. This then would seem to include any part of the appliance, not just the parts carrying gas and would apply even before the gas connection is made. It therefore follows that unless Corgi registered an Electrician cannot make the electrical connections to a gas appliance or a Heating Engineer the water connections. Digging further, the term “work” referred to in PART B is defined in PART A in relation to a gas fitting to be (a) Installing the fitting. (b) maintaining, servicing, permanently adjusting, repairing, altering or renewing the fitting or purging it of air or gas(c) where the fitting is not readily moveable, changing its position and (d) removing the fitting. The regulations from this do not appear to prevent connections being made to the appliance unless it’s a gas carrying pipe and therefore I conclude that an electrician is allowed to make electrical connection and a non Corgi heating Engineer or DIY person can make the water connections. However if maintaining the appliance is not permitted, my wife therefore is not permitted to clean or remove for cleaning the loose burner rings of the hob as the dictionary definition of maintenance is “to keep in good condition”. My wife is delighted with this conclusion and I will have to employ a Corgi registered person to give the hob its regular five year clean. Reading many of the past answers there seems to be much confusion over who can do what in connection with a gas appliance and my hope is that the above will only add to the confusion. How on earth did Corgi get these regulations through? Shoot me down if you will. Thanks for all your answers. Glen N. I quite agree with you. This is what happens when you have been in the HVAC industry for 55 years, so watch out. Paul. Good point Da'zone & jigs. I understand and agree with your frustation and points of view

Asked By: cliffrees2002 - 11/10/2008
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ok. originally the corgi registration was brought about for connecting to the meter.. british gas did'nt want just anyone messing with their equipment.. [rightly so ] but once the meter was in place and a connection made, just any competant person could then apply a pipe to it.. [kitchen fitters] etc... More
Answered By: da'zone - 11/11/2008
Additional Answers (11)
Answered By: Derek B - 11/10/2008
Tell her to get cleaning. As long as you don't interfere with the gas pipes or valves you'll be OK.
Answered By: sideshow george - 11/10/2008
Bang! Don't even know what this is, but if your wife doesn't need to clean or fix it, that's one for her. Being a female, we have enough to do around the house so use those buttons on your phone and start by saying, Hello.
Answered By: LAURIE - 11/10/2008
Yes she is,And so are you.
Answered By: taxed till i die, - 11/10/2008
Get a life !!!!!!!
Answered By: alta - 11/10/2008
Think about it carefully. Which part of the hob that you can get to with your CIF or whatever and your cloth is classed as a fitting in the terms you describe above? Find another excuse for being a lazy get and clean your cooker :-)
Answered By: Gary G - 11/10/2008
pedantic knob,seems you know the answer before you even ask it.Get a life boy
Answered By: Glenn N - 11/10/2008
Strangely enough if I run the hob and turn on the boiler and a ring on the hob goes out then that would be immediately dangerous, a situation that can arise with poor pipework sizing. However if someone doesn't replace the burner rings properly or blocks part of them with soapy water the same thing can happen. I have... More
Answered By: Paul L - 11/10/2008
Aye it's rocket science this gas fitting work don't do this don't do that ! bugger the regulations i've done all my own work for years and never had any problems, why pay rip off plumbers,electricians, corgi fitters if you can do it all yourself
Answered By: Jigs1_69 - 11/11/2008
Yes she is. Think your reading too much into this. Do you get joiner into clean your laminate floor - I don't think so.
Answered By: robby - 11/11/2008
From the information you've given, it would seem that you must fork out to get your wife Corgi registered pretty darn quick... because if "work" includes "changing [the] position" of any part of your gas hob then not only can't she clean it, she can't turn the hob on or off either. ;D... More
Answered By: phoenix2frequent - 11/11/2008
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