In my area, the gas company boasts that their gas is so clean that it
is no longer necessary to use drip legs. They can boast all the want,
but our inspectors still require drip legs.
The reason for code is so people have a written guide to proper
installation. You have enough common sense to understand the need for
a drip leg. But if you came from an area that didn't require the use
of drip legs and had never seen one, you would have no idea that they
Don't think of the codes as the RULES. the codes are not arbitrary.
The codes have developed over the years by engineers and other
tradesmen for guaranteed results.
If you do it by code, it's going to work properly. Not because I say
so...and not because some pencil-head engineer says so...but because
there are hundreds of years of trial and error that have slowly
devloped into our current codes. And the codes are still improving
every three years.
these are real improvements. The code from 3 years ago allowed me to
use 1-1/2 nail plates to protect the pipes from damage. Over the years
I've had several houses get nailed by the sheetrock man because he
shot a nail into my pipes. The new nailplates aren't the perfect
solution, but they added another 1-1/2" in height for added
protection. And frankly, the newer nailplates ARE a big improvement.
Yes, the code is the law that you must follow. But that law is
designed to help you and the homeowners. I'm pretty happy I haven't
had a single call for damage to my pipes since I started using the new
Code enforcement wants the same thing you want. They want a
trouble-free system and satisfied homeowners. Because if something
goes wrong and there's a lawsuit, you can bet your ass that code
enforcement man is going to get sucked into the whole ordeal. We all
want the same thing here.