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Water heater

MikeJMikeJ Posts: 103Member
Was at this house yesterday working on the furnace. She just had a water heater installed by a painter/handyman.
Shut off the water heater and the gas, told her not to use it till you get a license plumber out here. Old water heater was a power draft. Very dangerous

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  • JellisJellis Posts: 106Member
    I keep picturing the guy saying "that aint goin' no wheres" after putting on the clamp
  • LeonardLeonard Posts: 768Member
    edited April 3
    Being a techie and able to do it right I always thought city inspectors were just money grabbing profit center for the city. Now I see why they exist.

    Problem is they can't stop this guy, it happened.
  • kevinj_4kevinj_4 Posts: 77Member
    That gas line would not pass here.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Posts: 5,466Member
    What's wrong with that? Looks fine to me.


    Some people belong in jail.
    Lucky the place has not burned to the ground
  • KC_JonesKC_Jones Posts: 4,071Member
    She is entitled to a full refund and apply that money towards someone who will do it correctly.

    And some people get mad about codes and inspectors.
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  • HotanCoolHotanCool Posts: 47Member
    Nice sharkbite water connectior! :o
  • HotanCoolHotanCool Posts: 47Member
    MikeJ said:

    Was at this house yesterday working on the furnace. She just had a water heater installed by a painter/handyman.
    Shut off the water heater and the gas, told her not to use it till you get a license plumber out here. Old water heater was a power draft. Very dangerous

    Did it draft At all?
  • flat_twinflat_twin Posts: 194Member
    Were his initials RTH? He was so proud he signed it
  • Intplm.Intplm. Posts: 596Member
    manslaughter by proxy !
  • Solid_Fuel_ManSolid_Fuel_Man Posts: 1,431Member
    Would have been better off not connecting the flue at all. I still see a few water heaters sitting in a corner of a basement running without a flue connector at all.

    The thought that someone actually connected PVC to that thing is beyond scary, likely no draught saved the PVC from melting altogether.
    Master electrician specialising in boiler and burner controls, multiple fuel systems, radiant system controls, building controls, and universal refrigeration tech.
  • MikeJMikeJ Posts: 103Member
    The reason we got the service call for the furnace, this same guy also installed a Nest stat, she went to use the furnace and the furnace would not come on, he had wire the stat up wrong.

    Its a good thing he did wire it up wrong,

    Nice one flat_twin

    Not sure if it was drafting did not check, flue runs to the roof.
    3 story condo

    Water heater is in a room in the garage, so yes better off leaving it unhooked.



  • mikeg2015mikeg2015 Posts: 678Member
    The killer now is all the PVC has to be replaced... or should be... all 3 stories of it.
  • Intplm.Intplm. Posts: 596Member
    Sure would like to know what the end result of all this will be.
  • mikeg2015mikeg2015 Posts: 678Member
    edited April 7
    Intplm. said:

    Sure would like to know what the end result of all this will be.

    Usually its to install an electric heater if there’s an breaker panel nearby. Probably use 14ga on a 30A circuit for that too.

  • Intplm.Intplm. Posts: 596Member
    Oh....I hope you are joking within the vein of the conversation.
    I wouldn't want someone who doesn't know what they are doing to read that🙄 and put number 14 wire on a 30amp breaker .
    mikeg2015 said:

    Intplm. said:

    Sure would like to know what the end result of all this will be.

    Usually its to install an electric heater if there’s an breaker panel nearby. Probably use 14ga on a 30A circuit for that too.

  • mikeg2015mikeg2015 Posts: 678Member
    Yes... it was meant that just like the plastic pipe for a atmospheric WH here, there are probably several units out there with 30A breakers and undersized 14ga NM-B wire instead of 10 gauge.

    Replaced a furnace last week and found 30AMP single pole on 12 gauge. Worse, the furnace calls for 15A Max fuse to protect it’s internal wiring. You can use a fused switch at the unit or just a regular light switch but change the breaker. Breaker costs $6. Easy to swap out. (Pssst.... dont tell anyone though, I’m not a master electrician.)
  • nibsnibs Posts: 207Member
    Have walked several jobs with building inspectors, I always take the position that they are on site to help me, never have much of a problem that way.
    Consultants?............... now that is a different story.
  • Solid_Fuel_ManSolid_Fuel_Man Posts: 1,431Member
    Consulting.... yeah
    Master electrician specialising in boiler and burner controls, multiple fuel systems, radiant system controls, building controls, and universal refrigeration tech.
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