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    Default Vent Pipe contacting Gas Pipe

    Attached is an inspection I recently did.
    The single walled heating vent pipe was in contact with the gas pipe.

    I wrote it up as a a problem, but I couldn't find any reference in the code books. Anybody have any info on this?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Vent Pipe contacting Gas Pipe

    There's no problem with the gas pipe\vent connection. But . . .

    The flexible gas appliance connector is not properly protected where it enters the side of the furnace. And . . .

    There appears to be no gas shut-off valve for the furnace.

    Aaron


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    Default Re: Vent Pipe contacting Gas Pipe

    Aaron,

    The shut off was above, but not shown in the picture.
    Thanks for the feedback.


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    Default Re: Vent Pipe contacting Gas Pipe

    Am I wrong... that yellow gas flex line cannot enter the furnace cabinet????

    Paul Kondzich
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    Default Re: Vent Pipe contacting Gas Pipe

    It looks like that flex enters the cabinet quite well.

    You are correct in that it should not.

    What i'm seeing is instead of hard pipe being installed, people are just wrapping the flex with a section of foam insulation or electrical tape thinking that is going to be acceptable. What realtor started that as being ok?

    rick


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    Default Re: Vent Pipe contacting Gas Pipe

    Also, I don't see any support strap for that vent where it goes horizontal and than there is the elbow.

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    Default Re: Vent Pipe contacting Gas Pipe

    I'm more concerned about the slope (or lack of on the first section of Flue Pipe!).

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    Default Re: Vent Pipe contacting Gas Pipe

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Stephens View Post
    I'm more concerned about the slope (or lack of on the first section of Flue Pipe!).
    More than the lack of the first one foot not being a vertical rise?

    (Looked like it was sloped to me, but, from that angle, and no support, maybe it 'was' vertical when I saw it and now it a dropped? )

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    Default Re: Vent Pipe contacting Gas Pipe

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Stephens View Post
    I'm more concerned about the slope (or lack of on the first section of Flue Pipe!).
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    More than the lack of the first one foot not being a vertical rise?
    Needs a NEW Flue System for sure, I'd take a CLOSE LOOK at all the Gas Appliances.

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    Cool Re: Vent Pipe contacting Gas Pipe

    Good to see ya'll picking up on these defects:
    -lack of minimum vent connector rise
    -lack of support at either offset
    -no sign of mechanical fasteners at each joint including attachment to furnace collar
    -flexible appliance connector unprotected penetration of appliance cabinet ( some mfrs. may allow this is reasonable protected from chafing, blunt trauma or electrical bonding to cabinet.
    -vent connector slope

    What does it vent into? Is there a manifold with WH?

    Bob

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    Default Re: Vent Pipe contacting Gas Pipe

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Harper View Post
    -no sign of mechanical fasteners at each joint including attachment to furnace collar
    Bob,

    Some mechanical fasteners 'are' visible in that photo. The other joints are not visible or taped over and may (or may not) have mechanical fasteners in them.

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