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Prewar Gas Problems

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Living in a posh pre-war co-op may be the fantasy of many, but the downside to all that "prewar charm" could be outdated gas systems, JhoRo reports: "Under normal conditions, gas pipes hold up pretty well. But when they’re shut off for a renovation, Con Edison won’t turn them back on without a stringent safety test. Sometimes the rattling of renovation induces new little breaches; sometimes old pipes would’ve actually been unable to pass those tests for decades. It can happen in one line of apartments or a whole building. Either way, owners are in for a lot of unexpected spending." [NYM]