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Old 10-22-2008, 06:10 AM   #1
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Very funny but serious question.

This past summer we have had a couple of instances where our gas detector went off. All appliances were checked and found to be off and there was no smell of propane. Then my wife said something that was both funny and thought provoking. She reminded me that the three times this dectector went off I was just after farting. Don't laugh, I mean it was gross and quite overwhelming. The more I thought about it the more it made sense both in timing and as a practical cause. Has anyone ever noticed this?

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Old 10-22-2008, 06:22 AM   #2
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The propane gas detector is mounted close to the floor because if there is a propane leak propane is heaver then air and will accumulate at it's lowest level " THE FLOOR" If you farted then that is a different type of gas, it is lighter the air and will rise. the detector in your nose went off. I would still check out the appliances or the electrical connections to the detector.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:53 AM   #3
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Very funny but very possible. A friend of mine has a dog that does that quite frequently and if he's close to the detector it will alarm. Hair spray will also make it alarm. Those things are quite sensitive and will alarm if you pass gas and it reaches the sensor.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:53 AM   #4
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I've read on other groups about the same thing.
They always blamed the dog rather than taking credit themselves.
If you think about it, a dog laying on the floor- possibly right next to the
gas detector would be a likely suspect.
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All you ever wanted to know about farts:

http://www.heptune.com/farts.html
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:35 PM   #6
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Thanks NDJollyman

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My first thought was "What the heck were you eating?" I agree with Rockwood though, it shouldn't trigger a propane alarm, unless..... does the propane alarm 'detect the actual propane or the ethyl mercaptan that is added to propane to odorize it? That chemical is in the sulpher family which are also present in a good fart.

However, you might mention to your wife that the compounds that trigger the alarm are most often found in silent sneaky women's farts not the more happy singing men's fart. You never know, could be true.
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Old 10-25-2008, 08:08 AM   #8
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The propane detector will detect other gasses.
Our last trailer LP alarm would go off occasionally just sitting in the
driveway with all the doors and windows shut.
It was not a "low battery" alarm and the LP was shut off at the tanks.
We finally decided it was alarming due to the out-gassing of the foam in the
cushions and the formaldehyde in the new plywood paneling and cabinets.

If we entered the trailer after a few days of being shut, our eyes would immediately
burn and it would irritate our throats.
Once we got our MaxxAir roof vent installed we would leave that open 24/7 and
the problem went away.
No more burning eyes and no more false alarms.
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:05 PM   #9
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ours goes off when the battery gets low.
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:21 PM   #10
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Jim,

I read your post a couple of times to see if one of you fessed up to the 3 instances but to no avail. My only advice to you is don't take the responsibility for the event.

There is a whole field of study on the subject that I found when following the link above. Just blame it on the missus or the dog /atmospherics or the new paper plant down the road.
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