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    Default Water Heater Vent Connection

    What say ye regarding this water heater vent connection?

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    Default Re: Water Heater Vent Connection

    It's ugly... the single wall part looks like it's too close to the wall and the transition before the ceiling almost looks homemade. I'd be curious to see what it does above the the ceiling.


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    It's no prettier there, Matt. It has no clearance at all where it penetrates a wall and ceiling of the bathroom. (The waterstains around the waste pipe at the ceiling are another issue.)

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    Default Re: Water Heater Vent Connection

    Any combustion air??


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    Default Re: Water Heater Vent Connection

    The water heater sits in a large laundry room. Combustion air is not an issue.

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    Default Re: Water Heater Vent Connection

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Breedlove View Post
    The water heater sits in a large laundry room. Combustion air is not an issue.
    With a gas dryer?

    *HOW* "large"?

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    Default Re: Water Heater Vent Connection

    Gas or electric dryer, both will depressurize a room.

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    Default Re: Water Heater Vent Connection

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    With a gas dryer?

    *HOW* "large"?
    Electric dryer. But point taken.

    If room depressurization from a dryer is a concern at the loose vent connection would it not also be a concern at the hood?

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    Default Re: Water Heater Vent Connection

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Breedlove View Post
    Electric dryer. But point taken.

    If room depressurization from a dryer is a concern at the loose vent connection would it not also be a concern at the hood?

    The difference is the draft hood is a designed hole where the other is a unintentional hole.
    There is a big difference.

    I really hope you don't take that statement seriously but I have been told that exact statement before.

    Yes it should be a concern Bruce as it can impact the appliances ability to vent.
    Open draft hoods make for nice make up air inlets using the vent pipe as the duct if the room is in a negative pressure scenario.

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    Default Re: Water Heater Vent Connection

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Barker View Post
    Gas or electric dryer, both will depressurize a room.
    Correct, however, gas adds in the additional combustion air needed to sustain combustion, and all that combustion air, in addition to the exhaust air, needs to be made up with make up air.

    Thus, gas is worse than electric.

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    Exclamation simple arithmetic

    for every cubic foot of air leaving the room, an equal measure must replace it-period! Nature abhors imbalances. That's where we get this "path of least resistance" stuff. It will find a way. Now, we can control where or we can leave it to nature where we may not like her choice (backdraft) but it will happen one way or another.

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    The water heater venting is improper and unsafe. Repair or replace. Combustibles too close.

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    Default Re: Water Heater Vent Connection

    That's pretty much what I reported. If the new water heater had been permitted the improper vent might have been avoided.

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    Default Re: Water Heater Vent Connection

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Breedlove View Post
    If the new water heater had been permitted the improper vent might have been avoided.
    Huh?

    What world do you live in?

    The inspector would have probably just signed it off.

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