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An average day

Discussion in 'Contractor Talk' started by ICE, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. ICE

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  2. steveray

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    Torch for cutting but not soldering.....Priceless....
     
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    At least they did not cover the old hole with the new panel
     
  4. ICE

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    Here's the vent through the roof. It is close to the wall which if less than 8' requires it to be 2' higher than any portion of the building that is within 10'. It is also missing a storm collar.

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    Apparently I have upset the owner. That upset has to do with CO alarms. The house has a smoke alarm within each of four bedrooms, at each hallway, the dining, living and tv rooms, the laundry room and garage. But there are no CO alarms. I explained the requirement several times. The owner expressed an interest in placing Nest alarms for the CO required adjacent to the bedrooms. I assured him the two CO alarms is all that he needs. He said that he likes new tech and the Nest will call his phone. I wished him well and went on my way.

    Hours later the owner went to my office and met with the manager. He complained that I didn't take enough time to educate him about CO alarms. He pointed out the fact that he is a college level educator and well situated to judge my performance. At best I got a D-

    I wonder if the corrections had anything to do with my grade. Sometimes the petty bullshit calls into question the belief that building inspection is an actual profession. The servant part of public servant overshadows what we do. Servants are dismissed with the wave of a hand.

    I wrote eight corrections on a furnace that I had to crawl to reach. I inspected it while laying on my side in a dusty attic. I had to wait while the owner moved a lot of tool cabinets just to access the attic through a hole in the wall between the house and garage. A hole that I ignored because it's been there since the beginning. A hole to a catwalk with less than 30" headroom. I ignored that too.....only because the furnace was replaced at the same location so some other inspector blessed this years ago. I'll have to do it again....the crawl that is.

    And this professor has the temerity to pitch a bitch. When I return there may be a sh!t storm blowing in his direction.
     
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  5. ICE

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    The job is an ADU. The garage is being converted and I took over well after the slab was placed. The slab is not 2.5" thick. The slab is 7" thick.
     
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  6. e hilton

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    I missed your point. The detail is for the topping slab, not the entire slab. The new concrete is only 2-1/2” think, the entire assembly is 7”. None of the notes are intended to apply to “E. slab”.
     
  7. ICE

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    The topping slab is 7" thick.
     
  8. ICE

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    I was still in the street when I first heard the dog growl...it was more of a snarl than a growl...kinda like he was choking on a work boot....it definitely has a sour attitude.

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    Did they feed him the pine-sol?
     
  10. ICE

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    The job is a water heater replacement.

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  11. e hilton

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    Looks like a shortage of insulation. Or they insulated the new piping, not the existing. Strange.
     
  12. ICE

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    The existing pipe is tight to the wall.
     
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    Ok. So ... does calif code require insulation on piping and a thermal jacket on the WH? If yes, does it exempt piping against a wall?
     
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    It should exempt existing pipe, but it shouldn't allow them to burn the building down...
     
  15. ICE

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    There’s no official exception for existing pipe that’s against a wall. The water heater has internal insulation.
     
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    "New" code only applies to "new" stuff correct?

    R102.7.1 Additions, alterations or repairs. Additions,
    alterations or repairs to any structure shall conform to the
    requirements for a new structure without requiring the
    existing structure to comply with the requirements of this
    code, unless otherwise stated.
    Additions, alterations,
    repairs and relocations shall not cause an existing structure
    to become unsafe or adversely affect the performance of
    the building.
     
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    Where is the Temperature Pressure Relief pipe?
     
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    I just had the exact same Rheem water heater installed, the pressure relief valve is inside that black insulation to the right of the Rheem emblem,
     
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    PRV at the arrow. No visible piping.
     
  20. ICE

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    It is there. It enters the wall and ends up outside. I once had a T&P enter a wall and I couldn't find a termination. After I left, the determined owner opened the valve. The T&P drain pipe stopped in the wall. Water filled the stud bay and finally removed the drywall.


    I've not given it any thought before but rotating the valve is probably not a great idea.

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