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Old 01-20-2008, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Maine
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It has nothing to do with crime...after all, it's one of the safest places in regards to crime...it has to do with the fact it's going to go well below zero tonight and the complex I live at just had a propane line rupture and now on the coldest night of the year we have no heat. At least in the warmer climates you don't have the fluctuation between the warm and freezing cold weather that causes stress on the gas and propane lines (and water for that matter) that causes the pipes to burst. We are damn lucky someone caught the leak because all it would have taken is someone to walk by with a cigarette and you would have been reading about us on the news when all 150+ apartments went boom.
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Maine
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We have people die every year here due to heat stroke.
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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Peter, I'm sorry you don't have heat tonight. However, I fail to see why your particular situation makes "Maine a dangerous place to live"
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:13 PM
 
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I'm glad the worst didn't happen. Do you have somewhere warm to go tonight?
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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PetertheRock, Turn your water faucets on with a slight flow. That goes for hot and cold water both. Don't forget the shower and tub. This will keep your pipes from freezing. If you have a fan, turn it on at a low setting. Cold settles. Put a bulb under the kitchen sink, but not in contact with anything flammable. I assume you have an electric heater. IF THERE IS NO PROPANE remaining turn it on, One night won't cost much.
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:22 PM
 
Location: maine/alabama
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is your oven electric by any chance?
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:06 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Hope you made out all right last night. It sure wasn't a night to have no heat.
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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On Propane:

Propane tanks have an automatic safety shutoff so if a line breaks and flow exceeds the normal peak demand the safety valve will shut down the line. The whole tank won't dump into the air. Your installer will place a shutoff designed for your application. A multiple apartment system has a higher shutoff level than a single family residence.
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:36 AM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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Be happy you didn't BLOW UP! it happens more then the gas companies would like us to know about. Sorry about your situation with the heat.
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Old 01-21-2008, 03:35 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Actually gas explosions are very rare in private residences and apartment buildings.
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