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conversion liability question

rick in Alaskarick in Alaska Member Posts: 627
This is something I have been wondering about for a while and thought I would see what you guys say about it.

 We are in the process of getting gas in our town and people are flocking to get it installed and conversions done.

 What my question is, is who is responsible for making the conversions on the appliances themselves?  In other words, the kitchen stove, dryer, wall heater, water heater, etc.

I know I can do the heating system and most likely the on demand water heaters, (or at least I think I can), but not sure about the rest of the "appliances". I have a mechanical administrators license and my plumbers card, but am not sure if that directly enables me to do this work. I am not sure if the basic appliances need to have an appliance certified person do it or not.

I would hate to have the homeowner have to have multiple guys come in to do the conversions, but at the same time, I absolutely do not want any possibility of liability for doing something outside my licensing

 Hope to hear from anyone and everyone!

 Thanks, Rick


  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 11,373
    For the "appliances"

    I'm assuming you're converting them from propane to NG, right? If so, most were made to be easily converted- if you can't find the instructions, get in touch with the manufacturer.

    With regard to licensing, every place is different- better check with your AHJs.
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  • Tim McElwainTim McElwain Member Posts: 3,904
    Once you find out

    if your license covers you for this work then get in touch with me and I can help you out with different appliances.
  • rick in Alaskarick in Alaska Member Posts: 627

    Gotta check with the state tomorrow, but so far have tried five times to get a call back but without any response. I guess with one guy to cover about a 250 mile by 50 mile area, he is probably busy.

    Thanks so far.

  • billbill Member Posts: 429
    In Homer Alaska?

    My bet is you are just fine to touch anything like this!

    BTW, how is the gas line thing going along?
  • rick in Alaskarick in Alaska Member Posts: 627

    Yes I am in Homer. They have a lot of people in town putting in the lines, and are moving along pretty good. Supposed to have gas coming on line in about 2-3 weeks or so. I guess we will see. Definitely getting busy for me though.

     I know there is no one to actually check whether I am qualified to do conversions or not, but I do not want any lawyers showing up later if there is s problem.

     Where are you at Bill?

  • billbill Member Posts: 429
    Homer gas line

    Thats an exciting project for sure.  It's too bad some branches are too cost prohibitive.

    I understand you replaced Rich C's boiler up in Anchor Point a few months ago. He said running a line to him would cost a small fortune.

    I think we have ran into each other at Rich's place. It was the day after Thanksgiving in 1999. He ran the place out of oil. I had flown down from Anchorage.
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