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    Default strange addition to vent pipe

    This is a gas water heater single wall vent pipe, that someone stuck a piece of copper pipe on, for some unknown reason. I could not get the right angle to see down into it, but I stuck a screwdriver down and it appears to not penetrate the vent pipe.
    Any theories?

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    Default Re: strange addition to vent pipe

    A spacer to separate the two pipes which has rotated out of position.


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    Default Re: strange addition to vent pipe

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Wand View Post
    A spacer to separate the two pipes which has rotated out of position.
    Wow. I wasn't expecting a theory that actually sounded plausible. That never occurred to me.

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    Default Re: strange addition to vent pipe

    1. The spacer possibility is a good call.
    However, given that the vent is single wall type-A - which should have three screws at each connection, how would the pipe roll out of position?

    Is that an adjustable length of vent pipe?


    2. There appears to be a crack in the metal just below the solder blob.


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    Default Re: strange addition to vent pipe

    Quote Originally Posted by tom daley View Post
    1. The spacer possibility is a good call.
    However, given that the vent is single wall type-A - which should have three screws at each connection, how would the pipe roll out of position?

    Is that an adjustable length of vent pipe?


    2. There appears to be a crack in the metal just below the solder blob.
    Ha, ha, that's a good one. Three screws at each connection! Ha! Seriously, though, no, not screwed at connections, so could have rotated.

    Yep, I didn't know about the crack until I saw the photo. Couldn't see it with my own eyes, I had to reach back there with the camera and kind of point it back at myself.

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    Default Re: strange addition to vent pipe

    Given the odd and hard to reach position, that might have been a make do handle the installer tacked on to wrestle the pipe into position.

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