Snaps from the Field – April 2021

Here’s a serious mistake that could be very dangerous.

This is a picture of a gas furnace with an air conditioning evaporator coil above it. The gas pipe is made from black steel pipe and begins at the left. After running through a red-handled valve that is, thankfully, turned off, the gas pipe runs into the condensate drain opening for the air conditioner coil. If you were to turn on that valve, gas would flow into the duct that contains the AC coil. Given enough time, the gas would travel through the ducts, flooding the house with gas and creating a potential for a house-destroying explosion.

In a proper installation, the black pipe would have run into the gray control valve near the bottom of the picture.

Aside from the obvious error in connecting the gas line to the wrong opening, it’s clear that whoever did the work was not an experienced installer. No professional would have smeared so much blue pipe sealant all over the place.

2021-04-01T09:58:50-07:00April 1st, 2021|Snaps from the Field|

Oregon Smoke Alarm Rules – Could They be Any More Confusing?

Oregon has several sets of rules for smoke alarms. Some rules apply to newly constructed houses, some apply to renovated houses, and some apply to rentals, but the rules that I’ll write about today have to with houses that are being sold.

(Note: If you’re interested in the very important and surprising differences between ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms, read our blog about that subject. The following blog focuses on the more general rules about smoke alarms.)


2020-08-23T23:24:17-07:00November 19th, 2017|General Inspections, Uncategorized|
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