Affiliated with the Boy Scouts, one way or another, for about 50 years, I can tell you definitively that there is no such thing as a Boy Scout knot. There's no Boy Scout knife either, but I digress.
Don't get me wrong. Knots are very important to Scouts. They use anything from the simple square not and sheet bend, to the more complex taut lines and lashings. Know which knots to use and when is very important.
Anytime something is supported or hung, you want to use the proper materials and set it in place for the long run.
For something as important as a gas pipe you want to be especially diligent.
In this case, if the gas line is sinking, how about some nice TV antenna wire?
Sure, wrap it around itself, the gas pipe once, a bunch of times around nail or two, and if there's some left over, why not use it for the electrical cable nearby?
There was probably plenty left on the spool.
And yes, there was an old, probably unused, TV antenna still up on the chimney!
Waste not, want not.
And don't worry about the other side. It can just get supported up on top of the HVAC duct work! Say, is that duct separating just a bit?
Doesn't that just engender a boatload of confidence that the gas line will be forever supported!?
Brings to mind a line from an old song, "He ain't heavy, he's my gas pipe..." Or something like that.
It's important that things like this get corrected, and corrected properly by a professional.
GAS LINES AREN'T SOMETHING YOU WANT TO FOOL AROUND WITH!
That's my experience anyway!
My recommendation: when you run into a homeowner repair that is obviously not correct, especially when it's dangerous, mention it to your client, or the home inspector if it's during an inspection. I have found that many eyes are better than two!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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