The important thing to remember is that the manufacturers’
installation instructions most always supersede the code.
Quote, “The readers attention is directed particularly to
the following subsection 9.1.1, listed gas utilization
equipment shall be installed in accordance with their
listing and the manufactures instructions. This statement
applies to all of Chapter 9. The chapter contains
requirements that apply to the range of appliances
manufactured. Listing of the appliance allows instruction
specific to the appliance tested to be included in the
manufactures installation instructions and may supersede the
specific requirements of Chapter 9”. This is true for all
gas equipment. So this is what happens when you become
complacent. Perhaps after all these years I am starting to
lose my edge, or maybe not.
I’m just glad I have
people around to jump start me back to form. In this case I
have Bill Kinsman, Plumbing Inspector from The Town of
Needham to thank. Bill is one of the most knowledgeable
inspectors I know. Why? Because he is a good reader. I have
learned that many people miss the point simply by not
reading the entire section of the code they are researching.
Some would read the first couple of lines and think they
have the answer, but miss much of the most important
I have been sharing
information with other inspectors from the beginning - 20
years ago. I can safely say it is the most important resource any
inspector can have. And
like Bill, inspectors must also be good listeners, and never
be afraid to admit they missed something, or were wrong.?
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