Making the Right Connections

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

A missed flight or a connection made?As we journey through life, we are every day making connections on several different levels. In our personal lives we connect we our loved ones and friends on an emotional and intellectual level. In our businesses or work we make connections that help us accomplish our tasks and be successful. On a cerebral level we make connections continually in our brains that make all the other connections possible.

We are each one of us quite well connected.

Just like missing a flight connection, human beings can also miss a connection or even get on the wrong plane. The reasons for failing to make a connection can be several. It could have been due to bad information. Perhaps the flight was marked at the wrong gate. It could be because the information was misinterpreted. It was thought the plane was at gate 5A instead of 5B. Another possibility is a failure to gather information or having gathered too little information. The flight was leaving at 6:30, from where or on what airline you had no idea.Are all the connections being made?

Making connections is essential to my job as a home inspector, more importantly I have to recognize when someone has missed a connection. This is not always easy. After all no one is standing around with a bag looking upset as a plane soars off into the sky.

Take for example this gas supply for the kitchen range. Looks okay, hard pipe coming through the wall, it has a sediment trap and shut off valve.

And a yellow pipe going through the side of a cabinet.

The pipe exits on the other side where it has been connected to the appliance gas connection. That is the darker yellow pipe.

This is a wrong connection, a missed flight.

The gas pipes are connected, but something is missing.The appliance connector should be directly connected to a shut off at this connection point. The information is quite clear on this point. My belief is the stove location was moved from where the shutoff valve is located and so this extension was improvised. Improvisation could be said to be making connections on the fly.

While the connection was made and the range works, someone got on the wrong plane.

 

James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
Former SNEC-ASHI President
NRSB #8SS0022
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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

 ASHI Certified Inspector

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Lisa Von Domek
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Good morning James,

Gas lines are nothing to "rig"...follow the rules.  Thank you for another great blog and photos of what not to do.  Have a lovely Sunday!

Jan 22, 2012 01:33 AM #1
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Jim,

I was also noticing that the "through joist" run is a bit dubious to me. Now I will admit that gas installations is my weak area.

I think that the holes for CSST have to be substantially larger than the pipe diameter. Is that correct?  I have read somewhere that like for 3/4" line they recommend a 1-1/2" hole.

I see gas installation so rarely that I am alway boning up on them every time I have one.

Jan 22, 2012 01:51 AM #2
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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I see these issue all the time, with properties I purchase to flip. Much more common than people think. Thank you for sharing the post with us.

Jan 22, 2012 02:23 AM #3
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Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
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What is that, CSST transitioning to an appliance connector?

Jan 22, 2012 01:42 PM #4
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Looks like they replaced the appliance and it came with its own tubing.

Is that TracPipe connected to Wardflex?  Isn't that like kissing your cousin?   ;>)

And you did see my CSST post today - good to see you got the memo.

Jan 22, 2012 10:44 PM #5
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Lisa, Thanks, have a great week.

Don, Never heard or know of any such requirement. I think the idea here was to minimize the ugly. 

Joe, I bet you do. I know I do. 

Reuben, Yep.

Jay, No. Tracpipe to the appliance connector. Still wrong. And yes, yes I did get the memo ;)

Jan 22, 2012 10:59 PM #6
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Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Dangerous installation.  Had one last week where the homeowner ran 20' of that stuff and the shut-off valve was in the basement close to the water heater.  Of course, range was on first floor with no shut-off at the appliance. People just don't realize how dangerous this stuff is.

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