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Old 30-06-2011, 10:55   #16
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Re: I Can't Smell, so How Can I Detect Gas ?

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Looks like AC power with a 9V battery backup. Sure you want that on a boat?
--Pretty cool . got Walmart and Home depot too besides just ACE hardware. The 9 volt models are reliable and life savers and just remember to mount them low as propane is heavier than the air you breathe and thus sinks to the bilge of the boat.If you want to check the 9volt batteries to make sure they have power just touch the contacts to your tongue and you will feel a slight charge which indicates that the 9volt battery is still working ,..Clear and Out
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Old 30-06-2011, 11:09   #17
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Re: I Can't Smell, so How Can I Detect Gas ?

I have 2 experiences with them. Work and go off with false alarms, or dont go off at all! Hope you find a good one...
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Old 30-06-2011, 11:15   #18
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Re: I Can't Smell, so How Can I Detect Gas ?

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Looks like AC power with a 9V battery backup. Sure you want that on a boat?
I guess it would depend on your setup. I have a lot of AC devices, (fridge/lights). So I have an inverter, or Generator running constantly. I prefer the 9 Volt only detectors, as the combo units use TOO much power, if the AC goes out the 9 Volt will also, then they constantly beep for low battery.

THe 9 Volt only units can be run with a 12Volt to 9 Volt adaptor from Radio Shack.
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:13   #19
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Re: I Can't Smell, so How Can I Detect Gas ?

Personally I don't have one and don't think I would trust one anyway. I have a switch in the galley to the solenoid cutoff in the propane tank like most I suspect and I just turn it on when we get ready to use the stove and turn in off soon as we are finished ... like IMMEDIATELY. And we do it EVERY time, no exceptions ... its just automatic. To me this seems safer than relying on the sniffer. Of course I guess the solenoid could fail but the only time I've had one malfunction it stayed closed not open ... hopefully that's the default.
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Re: I Can't Smell, so How Can I Detect Gas ?

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Looks like AC power with a 9V battery backup. Sure you want that on a boat?
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Ours can detect spices. Yesterday Mel removed the stove to clean under, and behind it. The soap set the detector off...........i2f
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Re: I Can't Smell, so How Can I Detect Gas ?

A Canary? Just make sure you keep the cat away from it.
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Basic method: Don't rely on "smell"...

Does no one believe that the best method is a pressure gauge downstream from the shutoff valve on the tank.

Turn the tank off every time that you have finished using it and as you shut it off look at the pressure gauge. If it goes down you have a leak. Mine takes a couple of hours to loose its pressure.

That and making sure that the thermal cutoff on each burner works should be enough. Just "check" them from time to time.

That's the system the installer put on Boracay and I'm not aware of there being any problems with it.
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Re: I Can't Smell, so How Can I Detect Gas ?

Any explosive vapor will trigger the alarm.
Gasoline, some cleaning fluids, farts...
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Re: I Can't Smell, so How Can I Detect Gas ?

Just getting settled in. Let me know if you still need the model......i2f
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