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Re: Gas check again

Post by cavern on Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:11 pm

Yep white plastic ( see correction below ) 110 mm with rubber seal , you can get it from the ferrets it has to have a rise of 30 cm and then out of the building - new regs to replace the silver concertina ones. Also although we got the safety certificate in December saying everything was OK ( apart from the ventilation, meaning the extra near the floor vent but not actually stating it to be this ) - one of the gas bottle tubes was found to be dated 2004 - Way of of date.

I am not saying anybody should trust these guys but also don't trust your safety certificates either especially if you are renting it could lead to a problem with insurance claims.

I am glad I had them in but equally glad I told them where to go afterwards. If you can't do the work yourself then there are local plumbers that can do it a darn sight cheaper than they were quoting


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Re: Gas check again

Post by cavern on Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:55 pm

Sorry I stand corrected by my DH it is white coated metal ( looks like plastic ) Embarassed

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Re: Gas check again

Post by Dave on Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:43 pm

Its been picked up by the Olive Press
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Re: Gas check again

Post by Ken on Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:29 pm

PLEASE BEWARE THESE BOGUS SCAMMERS ARE STILL ABOUT: THEY HAVE RELIEVED AN ELDERLY FRIEND OF MINE OR €350. FOR WORK AND A CERTIFICATE THAT WASN´T NEEDED. IT HAS BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE.
Repsol say that they will NEVER make a call with either being invited or writing for an appointment.

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Re: Gas check again

Post by 1940thom on Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:26 am

They were in Freila a month or so ago. They fitted 2 new special regulators with a so called 25 year lifespan and associated tubing to a couple of ex-pats at a cost of 140€ to each house hold.
They showed the paid invoice of the first to get the work of the second
I have had a look at these regulators and they are marked up at 29MBar.

I've recently had a tecnico to my boiler and was informed that the regulator should be between graded between 35 and 38MBar

When next in town I'll speak with Repsol and advise of the outcome

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scammers again

Post by cazcove on Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:58 pm

Today again in Caniles 2 guys came to my house about the Gas they wanted 50 euros to check the pipes and give us a cert, my son said no money in the house, and then they wanted to take him to the bank to collect the money when he said no they wanted his bank card to swip he again said no and told them to leave .

He took the van number, then an hour later 2 different guys came in the same van and tried the same thing then they wanted 20 euros today and would come back tomorrow for the rest 30 euros, after being told again no money in the house, again told to clear off

but our poor spanish neighbours have been taken for 200 euros after they got nowhere with us.

On the side of the van is the name - COGASA, VAN REG NUM IS 3371 BNW, SILVER VAN RENAULT 1.9 DTI Sad

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Re: Gas check again

Post by cavern on Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:16 pm

Thanks for the warning , they were here in Baza in March but nowhere near so heavy handed it seems they must be getting more desperate for cash . I wonder how long they can keep this scam up for ? it seems they are a bona fide company so it looks as if the police can do nothing , the only thing we can do is just keep warning people - so thanks again. That's of course unless anybody else has any suggestions ?
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Post by Ponderosa on Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:13 pm

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Re: Gas check again

Post by bigcol on Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:50 pm

I need a opticians, affraid

My glasses are knackered!
Peter?? Is the 2nd pic down page, the sun page 3 Mate?'
enlarge it for us before the mods censor it so we can see it properly

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Post by Ponderosa on Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:12 pm

Hi Bigcol, Have a look in this paper front page and page 5

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and this was an article our friends wrote on page 12

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Nice to hear from you again. Regards from Peter Very Happy
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'Gas men'

Post by Metaldunk on Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:00 pm

Hi all

we've had our second visit in a month from dodgy gas men today

saying they need to service our gas - yeh right

after I say 'aquí todo está bien' and shut the gate, they never ever reply... just take their clipboards, get in their van with full made up gas decals on and go onto the next house on their list - they never ever go to our local Spanish neighbours

I got the camera out on the last lot but couldn't work out how to take a picture in time - doh!
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Re: Gas check again

Post by musketeera on Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:23 pm

Los Carriones seems to be a popular hunting ground for these rogues has anyone taken the vehicle number and reported these incidents to the Guardia?

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Re: Gas check again

Post by cavern on Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:16 pm

musketeera wrote:Los Carriones seems to be a popular hunting ground for these rogues has anyone taken the vehicle number and reported these incidents to the Guardia?


I doubt if the Guardia would be interested, they do work for legit gas companies ( or at least most do ) it is just the way they go about things is diabolical Evil or Very Mad
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Re: Gas check again

Post by Metaldunk on Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:12 pm

thanks for replying

...yeh, best to keep it short and then say goodbye!
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Re: Gas check again

Post by bigcol on Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:49 pm

Must be the sign of the times, times must be desperate

When we were living in Los Carriones, never had anything like this, sying that our lovely neighbour was like a guard dog, always looking out for us.

Fiesty for a 4 ft old lady with a heart of gold

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Re: Gas check again

Post by invicta on Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:32 pm

Could somebody please explain what are they doing
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Post by Gobiker56 on Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:02 pm

They are fully legitimate but use nefarious ways to get you to pay over the odds for tubing etc. which you can get from the ferreteria for a few euros. Similarly you can get an inspection certificate off your gas man for a few euros. These cowboys charge an average of 70.00 euros for the same thing. Don't let them in they are VERY persuasive. I just say it's not my house - Ha ha!. If Anyone (Repsol/Cepsa\council) wants to inspect your gas stuff they will write to you and make an appointment. Remember no-one in Spain takes money at the door! EVER.
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Re: Gas check again

Post by Metaldunk on Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:42 pm

Cheers Gobiker - good plan!

it made a change from cold callers giving us religious leaflets anyhow haha
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Re: Gas check again

Post by pebbles on Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:58 am

We have huge solar panels on the roof so I am going to say we only have solar power if they come round to us!

I am hoping that the 5 dogs barking will put them off!

You say they are legit - however there is nothing to stop them marking up their car with details of a legit company and using their name to make them seem legit?
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Re: Gas check again

Post by Metaldunk on Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:24 am

they were quite polite really - just never let them in

'everything's fine here... goodbye!' in Spanish, works really well!
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Re: Gas check again

Post by Ken on Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:36 am

The gas men called at our house today,(Again) and my wife was on her own and told them to go away. The guy became argumentative and eventually went to our neighbour, (Not Spanish). My wife rang me and I set of back home. She in the meantime took a photo of him and his vehicle. At this point he became really aggressive, said he was going to call the police, she had violated his rights etc etc. She went in doors and rang me again. I was in Baza and it took me and a friend 20 mins to get back. He eventually left 5 minutes before I got there. Obviously got fed up as my wouldn´t come out of the house.
She said he went off in the direction of Los Carriones. So we headed for the first place we knew of on the road where ther were Sky Dishes. Yes we were right, he was trying to get into someones house. I had a long and protracted argument. I did establish he was qualified and they are direct sales engineers. I told him I wasn´t happy with his aggressive approach. He said he was returning with the Police at 2pm as he had denounced my wife. He/they didn´t).
I visited some other Brits in the area to warn them.
Their MO to state that he had been given names by the Ayuntemiento and have to carry out an inspection and replace pipes and tubes that are out of date. They charged one person €46 for a new gas regulator yesterday.
Available in Brico Baza for about €12. Even taking into account labour costs, a bit excessive.
Tomorrow I will go to the Ayuntemiento and give the info to the Police.
He had a list, I asked him to show me the Spanish he had visited, suprise he wouldn´t.
Up to you.????????? You need a current certificate. don´t be intimidated, Get repsol or Cepsa to come out, they will charge you a fraction.
If we don´t use them, Like the Spanish they will go elsewhere. Sorry to say it again.........Trust no one!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Gas check again

Post by Metaldunk on Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:20 am

Hi Ken

that's a worse story... something needs to be done definitely with town halls and also the police - not on is it! Dunc
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WARNING GAS MAN COMETH AGAIN!

Post by Blatantadvertising.com on Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:35 pm

Cogasa around in the Cullar and El Margen area again. Overcharging for services.
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Re: Gas check again

Post by Lyndyloo on Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:26 pm

Just had someone around today, said he was from the gas company and showed us two very legal looking identity cards, but we didn´t let him in.
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Re: Gas check again

Post by Blatantadvertising.com on Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:37 pm

Well done! They asked to see our certificate but we refused and they also had no interest in going with me tou see our spanish neighbours. SCAM! methinks.
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Re: Gas check again

Post by cueva ventosa on Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:10 pm

Two of them came to our house today but neither got in!



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Re: Gas check again

Post by Blatantadvertising.com on Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:30 pm

This is all good news. Spread the word far and wide!
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Re: Gas check again

Post by Metaldunk on Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:57 pm

definitely great to spread the word when two gas men knock on the door with clipboards and name tags

in Spanish, just... everything's fine here - smile - goodbye - close the door

this works really well!
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Re: Gas check again

Post by Ken on Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:11 am

Metakdunk is right, they don't do the Spanish, just ex pats. They are qualified but rip us off.
Send them away.

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Re: Gas check again

Post by Blatantadvertising.com on Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:59 am

If anybody has any pics or details of names or reg of vehicles I have managed to get someone at Cogasa Malaga to converse through email. They appear to find out if it is connected to them or not. But dont hold your breath.
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