Service Clearance

Originally Posted By: jpope
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The water heater was in an exterior metal closet with this exhaust extended above the roof.


Too close for me. . .

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Originally Posted By: mtimpani
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Thats crazy!



Thank you, MarkTimpani


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Originally Posted By: Greg Fretwell
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It certainly looks ugly but I am not sure what is illegal.


Originally Posted By: scieslewicz
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Jeff,

Those are some awesome pictures!!!!! Nice job!! Shouldn't the WH have at least 18" clearance all the way around it as well?

Thanks for posting those; I really enjoy shots like that.

Sue


Originally Posted By: jpope
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Greg Fretwell wrote:
It certainly looks ugly but I am not sure what is illegal.


Illegal? Maybe not. Unsafe? Certainly.

The water heater closet wasn't secured to the wall although the exhaust was secured to the eave. The service lines and exhaust could easily come into contact with eachother.

scieslewicz wrote:
Shouldn't the WH have at least 18" clearance all the way around it as well?


It's common in CA for WH's to be strapped against a wall (seismic design). The enclosure in this case is fairly standard as well for out door applications.

I'm not aware of an 18" clearance requirement except for attic installations where 24" is required.


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Originally Posted By: Greg Fretwell
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The code doesn’t address every dumb thing someone could do. That is why you guys have more latitude than a code inspector. icon_idea.gif


As I said real ugly, just not necessarily a NFPA70 violation. Gas code or IRC may have another opinion.