What's your goal?
Selling the house?
Or playing "You're not the 'boss' of me! You can't make me! Nyanh, nyanh,
Tell the buyer to buzz off, and go with the next lower biddng buyer, the one
who gave you the second highest offer.
Don't have another offer?
Don't want to relist and go through the sales process again?
Then maybe you get the heater raised. Its a very easy fix.
You are probably correct, but I don't know the code for your area. Why not
ask the building inspector? Once you determine the law, you can decide on a
remedy. You can show it does not have to be changed, you can pay to have it
changed, or you can take $200 off the selling price.
Being right in this case, may not be the best alternative. If the buyer is
insistent you risk losing the sale.
Huh? The purpose of the 18" requirement is to minimize the ignition of
heavier-than-air hazardous fumes -- such as gasoline or natural gas -- by
the flames from a gas water heater. Now assuming someone refuels their lawn
mower in an upstairs bedroom, wouldn't the fumes travel down the stairs
before reaching the water heater?
Your inspector is not the sharpest tack in the box, you ask me.
DING-DING-DING-DING, we have a winner! The reason for a WH stand is to
keep the pilot (which is at the BOTTOM of the WH) above any gas vapors.
This elevation will prevent ignition of said vapors. Look at a furnace, the
flames are usually about 12-18 inches up.
DING-DING-DING-DING-DING-DING-DING-DING, we REALLY have a winner! most home
inspectors don't have a clue why the 'rules' are the way they are. The
inspector just fills out a form and collects money.
Well, that's a relief! I live in Gwinnett Co., GA, and I just had a new
water heater installed, which is *sitting on the floor* of the unfinished
regular sized room next to my garage. There is no room between floor and
heater which kind of bothered me. :\\
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