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I am still waiting on a callback from the utility company in the area. I just need clarification.
Can anyone share the requirements for gas line installation outside from the meter to inside the house? We have local codes that allow the use of CSST from the meter to inside the house as long as it is protected at ground level with conduit or clamped to the house. I've had a client recently that was told by the utility company that this was illegal and a lightening strike would blow up her house. They required she have it changed to solid steel within 2 days (at a cost of $1000) or they would shut the gas meter off. I have talked to several local HVAC contractors who say that they have installed it legally, but that the utility company supersedes everything local and national. Of course this was all done while on vacation, and I wasn't involved in the repair process and got the message after everything was done. I'm just trying to do the right thing and be correct on future inspections. Thanks
Keven I got my quad copter last Friday and used it on two inspections today. Awesome aerial footage and pictures to upload for the client. It creates a ton of wow factor. However, you mentioned earlier that you don't use it for commercial purposes. I had a well inspection guy, (I'm sure an expert in quad copters ) tell me they were not approved by the FCC (don't know if he meant FAA) since they involved aerial photographs. I don't really care what he thinks and will keep doing them as I see an opportunity, but wondered if you have run into that since you do a bunch of them. I'm thinking that the "tool' approach would be fine, but I would like to be able to directly make money off it and not just indirectly. Any thoughts about that? I got some leads from my insurance agent today that says his claims adjusters would like something like that. Would that delve into a legal problem?
If you mean a gas burning fireplace, then the answer is no. If it is wood burning, then I still think it is no. It IS required to have a proper hearth extension in front.
Keven do you, or can you, get insurance for these quad copters? I have insurance in the case of theft for a few more expensive toosl, radon machines, etc., but didn't know if this is something you have looked into. I could call my insurance company but they are closed today and I'm ready to order!
Keven what kind of home inspection software are you using to post the aerial photographs?
Thanks Joe. Appreciate the help.
This is a general question for any electrical experts out there regarding tandem breakers. I know the "rule" to follow to determine if tandem breakers are allowed, or in what locations, in an electrical panel. For example if the model number is something like G3030B...., that indicates 30 circuits and breakers allowed. It would indicate that there are no locations allowed for tandem breakers. My question is this: Are there times when this rule can be broken? Or have improvements in the design of tandem breakers since the manufacturing of the panel box allowed their installation in certain boxes or brands? I question it because I see so many installed in boxes that they apparently are not allowed, with no apparent problems, that I hesitate to mention it every time. I just want to get the issue correct and not create extra headaches for me or others involved in the transaction.
This is a general question for any electrical experts out there regarding tandem breakers. I know the "rule" to follow to determine if tandem breakers are allowed, or in what locations, in an electrical panel. For example if the model number is something like G3030B...., that indicates 30 circuits and breakers allowed. It would indicate that there are no locations allowed for tandem breakers. My question is this: Are there times when this rule can be broken? Or have improvements in the design of tandem breakers since the manufacturing of the panel box allowed their installation in certain boxes or brands? I question it because I see so many installed in boxes that they apparently are not allowed, with no apparent problems, that I hesitate to mention it every time. I just want to get the issue correct and not create extra headaches for me or others involved in the transaction.
Thanks Juan. I appreciate the information. The flame roll out at the base had me thinking it was not drafting properly due to that connection. I'm thinking its because it was in a closet with no outside air source.
On site and I see a water heater with a "T" connection to a larger furnace vent. I have always been told this should be a "y" type connection, but thought that might depend on the year. Both water heater and furnace were manufactured in 2000 and are B vented. Is a "T" ok in this installation or does it have to be a "Y'? Thanks
That's an idea since neither agent has a clue what I'm talking about.
Thanks guys. I'll try again to explain this to the agent! Thanks for the quick responses.
I did an inspection on a house with an older fireplace that was converted to gas. The damper was the older style with a notched handle that allowed it to be stopped in 4 different locations. I called it out as a defect since it did not have a "damper stop" which doesn't allow it to close all the way. This is required on gas fireplaces to help keep the user safe if they forget to manually open the damper. The seller is refuting this by saying that since there are stopping points on the handle, there is no need for another device to be installed such as a damper clamp. I disagree but just want to get this correct. Any opinions out there on this? Thanks
Thanks Dennis. That is great! Always had a problem with a few brands that rely on letters instead of numbers.
 
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