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- If you remove the gas cooker/hob or ay appliance as on the CoC, and replace it for example with another brand, you need a new CoC.
- If the piping is moved or added to, you need a new CoC.
- If you have, for example, your 16L gas water heater replaced with a 20L, you need a new CoC.
- You need a new certificate if anything as stipulated on the certificate changes, even when replcing the regulator with one that is not the same as on the CoC you have.
BUT, we are aware of the practise that many property agents and/or lawyers doing the transfer of the property, require a CoC not older than 6 months or sometimes a new one.
No, it is not needed to be encaged.
This is an installation at a "normal house" which is not used as a guest house or something generating money.
But, there are two exceptions:
- When the property is built in a complex or something similar with no boundary walls, it needs to be encaged as people in the complex can access the cylinders or it can fall on them.
- It needs to be encaged when the house is used as a guest house. It also needs to be encaged when the house is tent out by the owner.
Yes, all commercial installations need to have the cylinders encaged. A commercial installation is an installation done, for example, at a restaurant or something similar but also at a school, crèche and similar.
a) flats (H3): a maximum of 9 kg per flat;
b) houses (including cluster housing and group housing (not exceeding two storeys)): a total maximum of 19 kg;
c) commercial premises (all occupancies not mentioned in this part of SANS 10087): a total maximum of 19 kg per unit, provided that there is a separating element that complies with the requirements of SANS 10400-T;
d) industrial premises (class of occupancy D1 to D4): a maximum of 19 kg per 600m3 of building space with a total maximum of 100 kg; and
e) for special events: consult the local fire authority concerned; and
f) no fixed installation shall be installed inside a garage.
No, you do not need a CoC for a mobile space heater.
You only need a CoC for an appliance considered to be permanently installed. This means that if you can move it, it doesn’t need a CoC. All gas hobs, gas cookers, gas water heaters (“geysers”), gas fireplaces and gas braais, are considered permanent. For these you do need to have a CoC.
Yes, you are limited.
Please confirm with your local authority about how much is allowed.
In Gauteng, most municipalities allow installations for DOMESTIC use, to be NOT MORE than 100kg. Other municipalities only allow 19kg. Your local gas installer will help you with this.
Should you need to have more than 100kg installed, you need to have plans drawn up and submitted for approval by your local Fire Department before commissioning the installation.
SANS 10087-1:2013 Edition 6
8.2.3 f) the premises where gas is installed or used in excess of 100kg shall be registered with the local authority. The installer shall ensure that the user or occupier is informed of such requirements before commissioning the installation.
In short, according to SANS, you are allowed not more than 100kg on your premises without plans and Fire Department approval. This is for domestic AND commercial installations.
But, there are TWO conditions:
- Total weight of installed gas can not be in access of 100kg if you don't want to work with plans.
- The distance between the shell of any one container in an LPG installation and the shell of any one container in another LPG installation shall be at least 6m. (This means that no installed cylinder can be closer than 6m from another installation.)
- Where there is a firewall between them with a fire rating of at least 240 min and a height of at least 1,8m, the distance measured from shell to shell around the wall shall be at least 3 m. (SANS 10087-1:2013 5.3.1)
- Orange flexible pipe is NOT ALLOWED to pass through anything, not even wood and not even when it is sleeved. (But, if your installation was done before 2013, orange pipe was allowed to pass through wooden partitions in cupboards, but ONLY IF SLEEVED.)
- (220.127.116.11.6) Copper pipes passing through any wall or ceiling shall be sleeved.
Secondly we also see DIY installations where someone used Class 0 copper pipe which we are not allowed to use. Only Class 1 and up is allowed for gas installations. Secondly, many of these copper pipes are not sleeved when passing through the wall.
18.104.22.168 Buried pipelines
All pipes shall be installed to a depth of at least 500 mm to the top face of the pipe. For pipelines that are buried, the backfill shall incorporate an approved means (for example, chevron tape placed about halfway between the pipe and the surface) to identify the existence of the pipe.
22.214.171.124.2 When pipes are chased in a concrete floor,
a) they shall require floor plans,
b) any portion of the pipe shall be placed at least 50mm below the top of the concrete.
126.96.36.199.3 Pipes that are to be embedded in concrete before the completion of a floor shall,
a) not have any type of mechanical joint,
b) require floor plans, (should be indicated, even my drawn in by hand)
c) when steel or copper piping is used for this purpose, be protected against corrosion in an approved manner, and
d) be placed at least 50mm below the top of the concrete.
All Gas Appliances need to be TESTED and CERTIFIED for safe use. When passed, it is issued with a unique permit number which appears on the LP Gas Safe Appliance Database.
This is done to ensure that the end user “The Customer” using the appliance can use it with peace of mind that it has passed certain safety requirements.
Please click on this link to check if your appliance had been approved. Every appliance must have a model number which you can just type in the search box.
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