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    Flue piping at its finest!

    Friend of mine local here in the industry texted me this picture from a home he just visited. Homeowners brought in someone to finish there basement and apparently he needed to move the main flue stack. My buddy is assuming that 5ft sticks of main vent pipe is all this contractor must have believed existed, so the main stack drops much lower than the equipment, and he made up the rest from there. Classic case of you get what you pay for. Homeowner, was assured that it may look ugly now BUT once enclosed in the finished closet it will all be out of sight and out of mind! Luckily homeowner went with Jiminy Cricket yelling in their ears and called an HVAC tech for a second opinion! And here is that photo:
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    I edited out the orignal furnace installer pride sticker, they had nothing to do with this.

    From the picture, it looks as though the B-vent piping off of the furnace is decreasing in size but it is all the same, just an illusion.

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    That's not real is it? I looks photo shopped. Please tell us that you were just playing a funny joke and that this isn't real.
    If at First You Don't Succeed, Skydiving Is Not for You.

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    I swear that this is real! I may make funny videos for the youtoober, but this is honest to God as real as it gets. Something about panoramic type picture being compressed in a text message seem to do weird things.

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    That is scary. It could give a person nightmares.

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    Good god almighty.

    So o presume it was the basement finisher framer that did this?


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    https://youtu.be/MU_vLqMJlEw

    this came to mind...
    Col 3:23


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    You don't have to worry about a blocked flue for the furnace. Easiest way out for flue gas is right out the water heater draft hood.
    If I do a job in 30 minutes it's because I spent 30 years learning how to do that in 30 minutes. You owe me for the years, not the minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STEVEusaPA View Post
    You don't have to worry about a blocked flue for the furnace. Easiest way out for flue gas is right out the water heater draft hood.
    I have seen it happen. I was the one that caused the obstruction when I was still a landscaper. I accidentally hit the top of the cap with a tree branch and completely closed it off but I didn't know it until 2 years later I was doing hvac and I was assigned to replace the pipe because the gas man noticed that the 80% furnace was vented with the water heater.
    It turns out the furnace had been venting into the house for at least two years and I believe I was the cause. Thankfully the house was vacant that entire time.

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    I went to a rental property over the summer that looked like this. Tenant said they were getting headaches and it smelled like refrigerant (maintenance replaced the evaporator coil recently). Open the utility door to find something like that picture. The flue piping was rotted out too, so they tried wrapping it with gray duct tape. Turned the gas off, disabled the furnace and WH.

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    If the flue is going downhill...makes me wonder which way the condensate is going! Just Saying!

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    All it needs is a drain tee. You guys are being too harsh.

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    The foil tape bandit was here.

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    AOP Rules: Rules For Equipment Owners.

    Free online load calculator: http://www.loadcalc.net/


    There = not here. Their = possessive pronoun. They're = they are
    It's = contraction of it is. Its = the possessive form of it
    Too = also. To = expressing motion. Two = 2
    Then = after that, next. Than = indicates a comparison.
    Questions should end with a question mark "?" Statements end with a period "."

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