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    Default Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    Is that a "swamp" cooler?


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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    Indeed it is.


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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    B vent manufacturer Hart & Cooley installation instructions say 8 foot clearance reqired to a vertical wall. If the there is less than the 8 feet clearance, the vent must be raised 2 feet above the structure.

    I don't know, does that qualify as a wall or structure?


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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    That is a major air intake for the house, and you definitely don't want that vent located right next to it like that.

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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    Jim, It's an air conditioning unit, not a "major air intake".


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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    Quote Originally Posted by neal lewis View Post
    Jim, It's an air conditioning unit, not a "major air intake".
    Yep, it is a MAJOR fresh air intake, NOT an air conditioning unit.
    Swamp cooler = evaporative cooler, not a refrigerated air unit.
    You won't see these in more humid parts of the country, since it adds humidity to the air in order to lower the temperature.
    The louvered panels you see in the picture are air inlet grills that usually have a wet straw mat behind it. Air is drawn through the mat and directly into the house displacing the warm air with cooler air.
    Right, Jim (the other Jim )

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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    It's a southwest thing. They are all over out here, not so much in NJ.

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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    Yea...EVERYTHING is weird in california!


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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    What kink of crazy world do you all live in; making the air MOVE humid.What happened to my smiley face?

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    Swamp Cooler (never seen one myself, but heard of them).

    Is that why there is a hose bibb there?

    Two things:

    1) Yes, *I* would treat that as a "wall" next to the B vent, meaning it needs to be 8 feet away or 2 feet above it.

    2) Being as that is a "swamp cooler", get it away from the air intake.

    Nothing is flashed properly there either.

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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    Thats funny. Jerry, you make it sound like big foot. But I suppose you wouldnt have ever seen one in FLA, no shortage of humidity there.


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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    What kink of crazy world do you all live in; making the air MOVE humid.What happened to my smiley face?
    My thoughts exactly concerning humidifiers installed up north (actually people from up north installing them in houses down south)

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    Default Re: Is the clearance rule 10 feet here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc M View Post
    Thats funny. Jerry, you make it sound like big foot.
    Marc,

    No, ... I saw ... big foot once ...

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    B-vent would need to be 2 ft taller than the Swamp Thing and it needs a storm collar. While they're at it, they can remove all that combustible plastic roof cement from the B-vent.

    Keep the fire in the fireplace.

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