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Old 10-09-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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Somehow there's some gas smell from my outside porch lantern.

This is a natural gas lantern and I haven't touched it since I bought the house (10 year old) a year and half ago.

The gas is properly burning as far as I can see. I noticed the old gas mantles were damaged, so I replaced them with new ones but can still smell some gas.

any idea before I call the gas company?
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Knoxville
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If you can smell gas, there is a leak. Call the gas company - NOW!
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:48 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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If you can smell gas, there is a leak. Call the gas company - NOW!
If the gas smell is constant, definitely call the gas company AND a plumber! If the gas smell is only present when the lantern is turned on, the OP should only need a plumber.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:14 AM
 
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The gas smell, though very little, is coming from the lantern. When I put my nose close the lantern, i can smell it. Over the time, the smell may accumulate some other parts of the front porch.

I do not have a separate shut off for the lantern.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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All gas appliances are required to have a shut-off. You need to find it pronto!
You say this lantern is on the porch- is it mounted to the wall of the house? If so, there should be an access panel on the inside or, if the house has a crawl-space or basement- there should be a shut-off directly below the area of the lantern.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:47 AM
 
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It's mounted on a pole 10 feet away from the house. I only find the main gas shut off and a separate shut off for hot water.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:57 AM
 
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It's mounted on a pole 10 feet away from the house. I only find the main gas shut off and a separate shut off for hot water.
You shouldn't ever smell gas.

Centerpoint is all-in-all a pretty good company to deal with and, conservatively, they should be called first. Understand that they will come to your property with a sniffer and try to identify where the leak is coming from. If there is a leak on Centerpoint's side of the gas meter, they will fix it at no cost to you. If it is on your side of the gas meter, which a gas lantern is certainly going to be, they will probably shut off the lantern and tell you to call a plumber, but they may shut the gas off to your house until you get a plumber out to fix it.

I've sent you a PM with a recommendation for an extremely good, very professional plumber in your area.
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Yard gas lanterns are usually hooked up to the meter next to the house. You should see a small shut-off with a 1/4" copper line attached going into the ground. That should be the line.
And yes, they are known to get leaks- depending on the soil, it can deteriorate the copper. Or, if it didn't get buried deep enough, it got nicked by a shovel or maybe an aerator.
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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It seems the smell is coming from where the burners are.

I can't find the shut off valve. I only have 1 valve for the entire gas line.
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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There could be a shut off valve under the burner, with a square or hex head rather than a handle or wheel on the valve, requiring a key of sorts to operate it (pliers work in a pinch).

Call a plumber.
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