A couple of days ago my friends washing machine broke down, and he bought a new one. Anyway he didn’t want to pay the money for someone to come and fit it, he kept moaning and moaning about money, so as you do my response was ‘ill fit it for you!’
After all fitting a washing machine is hardly a hard task, simply fit the hot and cold feed, how hard could it be?
Not a difficult task at all I told myself, but I was stuck for room, so we moved the gas cooker out the way to make the job an easier one.
We even switched off the gas and disconnected the gas cooker pipe which was a standard bayonet fitting, everything is going fine at this point, I continued the plumbing as normal, made sure I fitted everything correctly, didn’t want to let my mate down after all.
I went outside switched the gas back on, just after putting the cooker back in place. Even though the bayonet is self-sealing so in hindsight I didn’t need to switch it off, but luckily I did.
When the washing machine started there was a horrible smell of what seemed to be gas, yes I had successfully plumbed into the gas pipe!
Anyway the gas board came round and had to condemned most of his homes gas fittings they were that out of date, so just doing my mate a favour cost me a fortune!
Submitted by Karl Frubes.