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Vulnerable Gas Supply Line - I Think It Can Be Better, And Safer

Every time I see a vulnerable gas supply line - I think it can be better, and safer.

We are in brand-new construction and the buyer and I are having a final inspection just prior to his final walk through with the builder.

The supply line is an uncovered and unprotected  Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing, or CSST.

It is flexible, easy to bend, easy to crack and easy to separate from its connections if it is fooled with.

My client has two small children who, according to him, "get into everything."

What small child wouldn't find this tubing to be fun to play with?

What might be a better way to install this tubing?

The entry connection, and valve, is in the rear on the left.

The appliance connection is in the front on the right.

The other tubing is the electrical connection, which is better protected and not so vulnerable to damage.

Why not run the gas tubing behind the blower equipment and discharge tubing? 

That way it is protected in the rear of the cabinet, and less vulnerable to playing hands.

Of course, on my report I do not tell the builder what to do.  The report merely suggests that the gas line is very vulnerable. 

In my opinion this is a safety issue.

My recommendation:  a home inspector sees and reports.  Once reported everyone has the idea that the inspector was trying to convey.   And thinking about this gas line, seeing the reported suggestion of the unsafe way it is installed, my client will be able to convey my idea (expressed verbally to him) as to how to improve its safety with a different installation.  The repair really is a simple matter.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 13 commentsJay Markanich • March 25 2015 02:35AM

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Jay, looks like someone wanted to get the job done, not do the right job! Enjoy your day! 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

This bothered me as soon as I saw it Wayne.  To me it's a no brainer.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Getting into a hurry leads to decisions most of them are not good ones.  This is a good example IMHO

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 3 years ago

 Good morning Jay. Some folks just don't have any common sense. I reckon they think it is that change pot that  sets next to the cash register in the Jiffy Mart.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Hello Jay,

Although that installation may be to code, you have shown that there is a better way for that to have been done.  I hope the buyer was able to have the builder change it to make it more child proof (I know, there is no such thing!) LOL

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 3 years ago

Jay, another stellar example of why a home buyer needs a good inspection. Even for new construction. 

It is not common here for new construction inspections, but of course I know better. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 3 years ago

Plus, with it being so long and dangling like that surely it will shake when the fan is running. When it shakes... you know what is happening!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

Thanks but "no thanks".  Not a problem in an all electric home.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Jay, there are places where cutting corners does not jeopardize safety, gas lines are definitely not one of them.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 3 years ago

James - this is a no think installation all around!

Michael - no common sense or good sense.

Lisa - I have no idea what the code says in this kind of installation, but it doesn't matter.  Vulnerable is just that.

Andrea - there are many reasons for a new home inspection!  And the no-think kind of installations like this one are a big part of it.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Fred - all it needs is some ice cream and a little chocolate syrup.  My favorite shake.

Lenn - there's electrical there!  See the cable?  Says he, winking.

Stephen - I don't know who thinks this is an okay installation, but not in my book.

 

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Electricity isn't going to leak and go BOOM!

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 3 years ago

It can make the heart go boom...

Says he again, with another wink.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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