Sadly, yes...after declaring bankruptcy on a $60k debt from a local bank, and other supply house debts. His son was ordered under house arrest at a halfway house for a year, I think; and he was installed with an ankle lo-jack for a while. But now that that's over, he and his son are back working. We see him around town every now and then. Probably working the countryside. As far as I've heard, he never was caught doing anything major wrong code-wise (never caught or turned in IOW), so they never yanked his license. Keep in mind, I live in an area of about 80,000 that is covered by one hvac inspector, one plumbing inspector, etc. And the state inspector for this area covers about 1/4 of the state. They do good just to get proper inspections done. It's kinda like police, there are never enough hired. That's one of the things that bugs me about this industry (at least in this area): it doesn't take much to get certified and work for yourself from the kitchen table (not knocking the legit ones that do, but the good ones are far and few between). I found out a while back that our state license mechanical test is all open book now. A monkey could pass the test. And there's no retesting or recertification as long as you pay your yearly license fee. I wish NATE or similar was mandatory here. Oh well.
Guess I better get off the soap box, I'm sure someone else needs it.
Wow... wierd! I just had a kinda similar job last Thursday with a Carrier coil and Comfortmaker furnaces (that got pulled out and totally replaced). Haha but it didn't have a fancy venting system like that!