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    Default Height of Gas and Water Shut Off Valves

    I looked at a condo yesterday where the main water shut-off valve was 7 feet high and above the water heater and plumbing lines. The gas shut-off valves were a few inches higher and in an equally hard area to get to.

    Is there a maximum allowable height for these shut-offs? The unit is 4 years old.

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    Default Re: Height of Gas and Water Shut Off Valves

    Nick - The 2006 IRC says the main water shut-off shall be "accessible".

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    Default Re: Height of Gas and Water Shut Off Valves

    And the 2006 IRC says the gas shut-off valves shall be located, yada yada, "so as to provide access for operation".

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    Default Re: Height of Gas and Water Shut Off Valves

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Ostrowski View Post
    I looked at a condo yesterday where the main water shut-off valve was 7 feet high and above the water heater and plumbing lines. The gas shut-off valves were a few inches higher and in an equally hard area to get to.

    Is there a maximum allowable height for these shut-offs? The unit is 4 years old.
    Not that I'm aware of for the water, just accessible and that can even be at the meter. For gas in my area, the shut-off valve has to be within 3 feet of the appliance.

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    Default Re: Height of Gas and Water Shut Off Valves

    Thanks guys. The valves are accessible but a smaller person will probably need a step stool or a long stick to get to them.


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