How to blow up your backyard, Dr Karl, Ig Nobel awards and a new gas cooker
First, let’s get our heads around what is an Ig Nobel Award.
It is an award to honour achievements that make people laugh and then think.
The Ig Nobel award is presented at a ceremony by an actual Nobel Prize laureate. I had to Google what a Nobel Prize laureate is, and for anyone else who doesn’t know either, it’s someone who has been awarded a Nobel Prize. Think Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.
Now that we understand Ig Nobel awards, let me introduce you to Cesar Schmitz from Enéas Marques, South Brazil.
In my humble opinion, the Ig Nobel award for how not to remove cockroaches from your backyard must be awarded to Cesar.
Cesar’s wife disliked cockroaches and asked her husband to destroy their nest in the backyard. Cesar tried a beetle spray which drove the roaches above ground. He then poured gasoline into the burrow and lobbed a lit match into the hole while his dogs watched from nearby. Guess what happened next? Yup, a spectacular explosion with flames and soil flying through the air. You’ll be relieved that the dogs were ok. One Twitter viewer commented on the video saying ‘I enjoy how he looks inside the house to check if his wife heard that. “Nothing happened!”’
If you have read this far, congratulations! You might also be wondering what blowing up your backyard, Dr Karl, the Ig Nobel awards and a new gas cooker have in common?
The answer is hydrocarbons: a compound of hydrogen and carbon, such as any of those that are the chief components of petroleum and natural gas.
Did you know that Bunnings stopped selling gas plumbing products to the public due to the danger to homeowners? Gas work that is undertaken by untrained handy-men and unlicensed tradespeople has the potential to cause explosions, damage to property and, worst-case scenario, even kill.
The danger with gas is that unlike a water leak, gas leaks are not visible and can go undetected for some time.
In 2019 a home in Christchurch, NZ was completely destroyed, six people were injured and dozens of nearby homes were evacuated after a gas explosion at the property. The cause of the explosion is still undetermined.
Besides all things plumbing, Gold Coast Plumbing Company also provides:
- gas fitting
- gas leak repairs
- gas appliance installations
- and gas system compliance certificates
We understand the dangers of LPG and Natural gas and how to protect your family and home.
Our expert gasfitters routinely provide our customers with expert advice on a variety of gas-related issues, such as:
- replacing the jets on gas cooktops to repair gas burners
- replacing the ignitor modules on stoves or BBQs to get the burners lighting
- full replacement of gas appliances
- Instantaneous gas hot water system repairs
- installations of new Oncegas hot water systems
- regulatory matters surrounding gas regulators for LPG customer
Take the case of Sue from Pacific Pines. She contacted Gold Coast Plumbing Company when she was looking for a licenced gasfitter to connect her new, replacement freestanding stove.
Our gasfitter attended and safely, and legally, connected her stove to the existing gas point, ensuring all work was in compliance with Australian Standards. We also took care of the required paperwork and sent the mandatory Gas System Compliance Certificate through to Sue’s gas supplier. This, along with our Lifetime Workmanship Warranty, is sure to give Sue the peace of mind that her new stove will provide her and her family many years of service.
We always appreciate feedback from our customers and Sue said, “Excellent friendly and professional service. Stephanie was more than helpful during our communications, even when I had to reschedule with late notice. Brent did a wonderful job, couldn’t be happier with the gas and plumbing work. We will use this company again.”
Thanks for the feedback Sue, it is how we improve our service and you now have the peace of mind that the work is backed by Gold Coast Plumbing Company’s Lifetime Workmanship Warranty. We hope that you and your family enjoy your new gas cooker.