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    Default What type of vent is this?

    What type of vent is this and is it acceptable for use on a propane water heater?

    I see them used as laundry vents quite often which I write up but I haven't seen one before on a WH.

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    We don't really use propane around here (except the yuppies for grilling). I would think that hood would create too much flue resistance to work well. I don't see many of those but when I do it's usually with a power assisted unit.

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    What type of vent is this and is it acceptable for use on a propane water heater?
    No, that is not an acceptable cap for a gas vent. Nor is it an acceptable gas vent or gas vent flashing either.

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Rick,

    Roof Jacks are used to receive and cover venting duct pipe from kitchen and bath fans, and for attic ventilation. The steel design provides maximum leak protection with a press-sealed built-in roof flashing. Vent caps provide protection from rain, snow, debris and may also be designed to resist vermin.

    I don't believe that is classified or designed for flue gases

    The one in the background is an attic turbine vent, whirlybird

    ECJ caught me typing

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Yeah, but what kind of vent is it? That is my main question.

    Not approved for a dryer vent either I know.

    Is it possibly for a sewer vent?

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Rick, I feel a trick question coming up.

    Like Jerry has said in the past, just because they sell it at Home Depot does not mean it is ok to use it.

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    Yeah, but what kind of vent is it? That is my main question.

    Not approved for a dryer vent either I know.

    Is it possibly for a sewer vent?

    rick
    see bold above roof jack with vent cap yes, sewer/plumbing vent, is possible

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Roof jack vent.

    Thanks Barry, that was what I was looking for.

    You posted right when I was posting before.

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Jim,

    Not a trick question.

    Just in a p1ssing match with a plumber who owns this home.

    He of course is BSing my client to think this vent is acceptable for use on WH's and furnaces.

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    Roof jack vent.

    Thanks Barry, that was what I was looking for.

    You posted right when I was posting before.

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Rick

    I see those on some older roof replacement and they have used them on water heaters. I have also seen them on what barry said.

    I did inquire about them some time ago and they are not allowed on gas appliances


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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Here's the trick question?

    Is leather cover plates UL approved for switches and receptacles?

    We're not talking about a few covers, they were used completely through the home.

    Made in China so says the sticker on the metal plate on the backside.

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    Yeah, but what kind of vent is it? That is my main question.
    Useless.



    Not approved for a dryer vent either I know.
    Correct.

    Is it possibly for a sewer vent?
    Nope.

    Go back up to the top - "useless".

    I can't think of anything these are allowed or approved for use with nowadays.

    Not bath fans, the duct needs to be sealed to the inside, and there is no way to do that. Bath fan roof vents require screens (or dampers), and those typically have neither.

    Not kitchen hoods, the duct needs to be sealed to the inside, and there is no way to do that. Those require dampers.

    Not clothes dryers, for the same reasons the those above.

    Not Type B gas vents, those require the vent to be connected and sealed to the Type B Vent Gas Cap, and those have no way to seal the Type B vent to the flashing and those are not Type B Vent Gas Caps.

    Back to "useless".

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by BARRY ADAIR View Post
    see bold above roof jack with vent cap yes, sewer/plumbing vent, is possible
    No. Not allowed for sewer/plumbing vents.

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    Default Re: What type of vent is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hurst View Post
    Is leather cover plates UL approved for switches and receptacles?
    Yes, if UL listed and labeled.

    Made in China so says the sticker on the metal plate on the backside.
    Don't care where it is made, if not UL listed and labeled for that use, then the answer is 'No'.

    A "Made in China' sticker does not cut it.

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