Originally Posted By: psabados
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Here's one that I had earlier this week. 800K Custom home, 5000 sq ft, two levels, 3 fireplaces
Here's the first thing that I see at the rear
This is the lower level fireplace. Nice looking pre fab unit. It has a continuous pilot and the switch just to the right fires it up
All the fireplaces in this dwelling have fixed glass fronts. with a lower air inlet and an upper exhaust port to allow for gravity heating in the room. Looking into the unit I could see the flue pipe exiting at the top. So far so good.
Walked into the the next room which I thought was right behind the fireplace and saw this.
You can't see it, but 3 nice water stains on three different panels, this was the largest stain. Try as I might, I just couldn't get the panel to move. So I moved back one to the right an HELLO! ![icon_eek.gif](upload://yuxgmvDDEGIQPAyP9sRnK0D0CCY.gif)
The flue is in direct contact with the framework and tiles. Note the hanger straps and how loose they are. On the other hand the metal framing ties were almost as tight as a piano. Above is a cold air return. At the three stains, just above was either a HVAC supply duct or return.
Went through another door and found the equipment room.
Reported that the fireplace installation appeared to be in MFG recommendations but not the flue. The flue is at the max run of 26' w/ 90 elbow. No rise of 1/4" per foot and clearance tolerances not met. Can not verify the amount of cfm being pulled through the flue when operating. Called it a Safety Hazard and recommended that a MFG rep, the AHJ and installing contractors evaluate this installation. If not considered a problem to put it in writing.
What's really strange is the AHJ's in this city are very tough. Can believe that they allowed this. This is a new home slightly over 1 year old.
Did I miss anything?
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