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Old 10-12-2009, 10:20 PM   #1
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Oil refinery causes propane monitor chirps

While driving near the oil refineries in Benicia, CA the propane leak detector chirped several times. I can only assume it was detecting gas in the air coming from the refinery. The chirps stopped as soon as I passed the refinery. I have driven passed the refinery over a dozen times and it never made a sound before.
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Old 10-12-2009, 11:48 PM   #2
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While driving near the oil refineries in Benicia, CA the propane leak detector chirped several times. I can only assume it was detecting gas in the air coming from the refinery. The chirps stopped as soon as I passed the refinery. I have driven passed the refinery over a dozen times and it never made a sound before.

Sounds like it is working. Good test method.
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I could tell you a funny story about my son in laws big black Lab passing a little gas in the middle of the night near the propane leak detector that is mounted on the bed in his motorhome. Since the detector is hard wired, it was necessary to search the fuse panel for the proper fuse to disarm it at 1AM in the morning. I guess it proved the device works. No more bean burritos for the Lab.

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Old 10-13-2009, 11:36 AM   #4
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Sounds like it is working. Good test method.
GOOD and accurate answer.. Yup, working as designed.

NOTE: the detector does detect Propane, but it might be better to call it an "Explosive gas" Detector, in addition to propane it will trip on Methane, Butane, Alcohol, Gasoline and a host of other gases where if you mix with air and add a spark will completely ruin your day.

To the O/P.. You might send a copy of your original post to the California Enviormental Protection agency.. or the federal one.. If the vapors are strong enough to beep your beeper.. there MIGHT, and I stress MIGHT, be a violation there.
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We are on the road and the last two days have had a similar chirping. Yesterday I was driving and heard the chirp a few times but did not know what it was. Today we had stopped for lunch and once again I heard the chirp this time being able to trace it to the propane detector. I started checking everything when for some reason I opened the bathroom door and noticed that the DW had used the facilities and since it was raining had not opend the roof vent or turned on the fan. I then remembered she had been in there the day before when the chirp occured. Sure hope she does not find out I posted this.
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