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    Water Heater Woes

    Walked through a house to access the backyard and came across this water heater. 2 draft hoods??? and that is electrical tape sealing the top of the flue pipe. I told the property owner we should address this and he said, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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    wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinCityKid View Post
    Walked through a house to access the backyard and came across this water heater. 2 draft hoods??? and that is electrical tape sealing the top of the flue pipe. I told the property owner we should address this and he said, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
    wow!

    What I like about the local codes up here is if I see something like that, I'm obligated to say something, issue warning tags(immediate or non-immediate hazards), and inform the utility to cover myself. It will get fixed whether HO likes it or not.

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    Talking call National Geographic--caught on film!

    Draft hoods caught mating in the wild. Now we know where they come from....

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    You guys are missing the good part,look at that nice inverted trap!

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    It's people like that property manager who get themselves killed via CO poisoning or something preventable like that.

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    But it IS broke!
    "I've got my Gas Mechanics license"
    "Yea, well my 16yr old daughter has her drivers license, doesn't mean she knows how to drive"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damien View Post
    But it IS broke!
    I AGREE!!!!! From the looks of the ceiling penetration, they have a leaky roof penetration.
    When you do a job, Always make it easier for the next guy, because you may be the next guy working on it.

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    Cool Failure To Warn

    If you want to have a serious discussion about this goat rodeo well ok:

    -draft hoods
    -two stacked draft hoods
    -vent connector Band-Aid at attachement to draft hood
    -elbow right off draft hood instead of vent rise first
    -possibly corroded out vent connector
    -lack of listed firestop at ceiling
    -does not appear to be B-vent but single walled through ceiling, which is not allowed and a fire hazard
    -signs of moisture penetration-inspect venting
    -combustible tape on vent connector is a fire hazard, can release toxic fumes and masks the joint from visual inspection
    -three screws min. per joint?
    -offset not supported
    -what other deficiencies were visible we cannot see in this pic

    Send him a Certified Letter Return Receipt detailing these deficiencies and hazards and explain the possibility of fire, toxic fumes or carbon monoxide as consequences if left uncorrected. That way if anyone or anything gets hurt/damaged he cannot sue you for Failure To Warn.

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    I would have red-tagged that mofo in a heart beat.u knew it wasnt right and you left it running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravity View Post
    I would have red-tagged that mofo in a heart beat.u knew it wasnt right and you left it running.
    Hahaha you funny. I was invited "through" the house to see about a possible job out back. I don't know how it is where you live but if I stop in the house and start putting my wrench on his equipment without consent I'm likely to get a boot to the ribs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinCityKid View Post
    Hahaha you funny. I was invited "through" the house to see about a possible job out back. I don't know how it is where you live but if I stop in the house and start putting my wrench on his equipment without consent I'm likely to get a boot to the ribs.
    There is no job in the back that would have been worth me turning a blind eye to that death machine. I always use the litmus test "How would I explain it to the Judge!"
    They will soon forget how long it takes, but they will always remember the quality.

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    Cool

    We don't have enough info. or another pic of that copper line on the right so we could only guess, which would be worthless. It does have a compression fitting which is not approved for gas nor is copper flex but then again, very few gas lines use or approve of soldered copper. Also, the gas usually comes in on the left.

    I think its another goofy water line. Note the shower-type stop valve in the wall behind the WH. What in the world does that control? More pics would be very interesting.

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