Jumping Jack Flash, It's A Gas, Gas, Gas!

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

During a pre-drywall inspection, one thing very important to look for are sturdy, metal plates covering any electrical or plumbing installation that could possibly be hit by a nail.  The last thing you would want is to hang that beautiful painting and have sparks or water spewing from the wall when your nail punctures something you did not know was there!

Imagining what it would be like to do that with a gas line kind of sticks in my craw (if I had a craw that is...).

One thing we can't have enough of in life is peg board.  You might not think that is true, but, of course, it is a simple fact of life.

Imagine this, or some future home owner, deciding that he needed his peg board to wrap around that corner of his garage.  He gets out the trusty stud finder and determines that there are horizontal studs right where he needs them!

The peg board is going to hold heavy tools so it has to be installed with some strength!  And he gets out the 2x4s and nails them to the wall!  A 2x4 requires a pretty good nail, so those 16Ds ought to work really well!  A 16D, also called 16 penny nail, is 3.5" long!  Using enough force, would anyone be strong enough to puncture this black iron gas pipe?  I would not want to find out.

I pictured that as I entered this garage!  The County has already approved this house.  You mean to say that vulnerable electrical and plumbing locations need protection, but not a gas line? 

And I do understand that the 2006 International Residency Code for gas pipe installation does not "require" a protective plate (defined as 1/16th" or 1.6mm thick steel) to cover this notched location, but really, why not put one anyway?  Garages are places where people nail and screw stuff to the walls!  The code is not intended to be confining!  It is the floor from which standards derive, and becomes the minimal standard.

My recommendation:   when you see something that looks marginal, bring it up!   This homeowner will remember that this gas pipe is there, but a future homeowner would have no idea.

 

 

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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


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Rainer
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Steven Cook
- Pierce, King, Kitsap, Thurston, Mason Counties

Jay -- and some folks prefer to screw up their pegboards, and predrill the holes.  I am sure a high speed drill would create an interesting situation  especially 20 or so years in the future, when the new homeowner thinks he has hit a knot.

July 01, 2012 10:30 PM
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
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Island Style Realty Inc.

I am amazed how many things I have seen that met code. There are condos not far from here that the electrical panels are under the kitchen sink.  In the early 1970s the building department approved them.

July 01, 2012 10:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Joy - I agree that this suggestion is above and beyond the code, but why not?

Steven - we don't know what people will be doing in 20 years, any more than what we count as "normal" now we imagined 20 years ago!

Randy - I've never seen that!  I get upset when I see a receptacle on the floor of the kitchen cabinet!

July 02, 2012 03:44 AM
Rainmaker
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James Dray
AR., MO., or OK. I can find the home for you.
Wise Custom Realty

HEY Mr. Jay look at you another feature Congratulations.  Do you report these things to someone in authority or just notify the seller/buyer? 

July 02, 2012 03:49 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

I have absolutely NO JUICE with the builder James.  They don't even want to see my report.  I can report it to the County though, and if the builder does not address this I will.

July 02, 2012 04:52 AM
Rainmaker
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