The Meaning of the Ring

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

Rings are all around us and quite a few have some meaning. The most common and obvious is the wedding and for the ladies engagement rings. Then there's the mood ring (remember those), the decoder ring, the brass ring, Lord of the Rings and on...

Sometimes there's hidden meaning in a ring, but you have to know the code to hear what it has to say.

Take for example the rusty ring around the top of this water heater. Sure doesn't look all that mysterious. But it has a story to tell if you know how to read the ring.

What the ring tells is there are combustion gases that are meant to go up the chimney instead coming back out the flue and into the house. This is bad because those gases contain carbon monoxide. The combustion gases contain a small amount of slightly acidic water which is why the copper pipes patina, and the water heater jacket rusts.

What this ring says is DANGER, but only if you know it's meaning.

James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
Former SNEC-ASHI President
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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Kelli~Rhyanne Bartley
Keller Williams Realty Mid~Willamette - Corvallis, OR

Thank you for sharing....this is great information to know!

May 28, 2009 04:19 AM #1
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Alan May
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danger, will robinson!   Good to know.

May 28, 2009 04:25 AM #2
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Jim & Maria Hart
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This is a really good thing to know.  I would have never guessed that it meant poisonous gases were coming back into the air, but I will definitely keep it in mind!

May 28, 2009 04:50 AM #3
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Matt Listro
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Hi James: I thought that rust looked suspicious! very educational.

:)

May 28, 2009 09:33 AM #4
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Kelli, Thanks, I like to share:)

Alan, I am continually amazed at your resemblance to the King.

Jim & Maria, It's good to keep an eye out for the ring.

Matt, You were right in your suspicions!

May 28, 2009 10:30 AM #5
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Kathy Toth
Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
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James, thanks. My uneducated observation on a water heater would have been moisture...no problem. Dangerously way off. Thanks.

May 28, 2009 10:53 AM #6
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Mr James,

Regarding what you said to Mr Allan, I believe it applies doubly too me. No?

Your closest friend and associate, Nutsy W

May 28, 2009 04:22 PM #7
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Kathy, You're welcome. Sometimes there's danger we don't see right in front of us.

Nutsy, NO!

May 29, 2009 12:18 AM #8
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Now here I thought you were going to say that that particular brand of exhaust hood is called a "Rosey."

Monoxide means there's only one of something.  One isn't that bad, is it?

May 29, 2009 09:20 PM #9
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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One hungry tiger named Rosey wouldn't be bad, right? That's only one of something.

May 29, 2009 11:21 PM #10
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Mr James,

I am oh so pleased that you hold me and my opinions in high regard. It is important to me to realize that my little nuggets of wisdom are helping you be a success.

Nutsy

May 30, 2009 05:40 AM #11
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Nutsy, Your nuggets might help my garden be a success. Fertilizer is good for the plants.

May 30, 2009 11:47 AM #12
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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I didn't know tigers played Ring Around the Rosey...

May 31, 2009 11:19 AM #13
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