I have seen this in several jurisdictions. It is for your safety. Improper
installations create dangerous situations. Just like you are not allowed to
weld a cracked heat exchanger. It must be replaced.
Actually, your contractor should have pulled permits and had it done BEFORE
he started the work.
In some areas, if work is completed BEFORE the permit and inspection
process, the permits and inspection price doubles.
The contractor has listed a permit number, but this is a sixty
year-old house that has not seen an inspector in 30 years. I don't
want to open a huge can of worms when this house is unlikely to be on
the market for another 20 years.
No problem...remember this...the inspector isnt there to check
anything...ANYTHING but the safety and code of the installation of the
If the contractor listed a permit number, then you have to have an inspector
out. The inspector wont burn you on anything but what the permits pulled
for, and thats only if its a bad installation.
Inspection/permitting/licensing requirements vary widely by
jurisdiction across the US and Canada, but some level of concern for
gas is to be expected.
After we had a new gas boiler installed (oil replacement), the
installer called the gas company (late in the evening) and then they
put us in the queue for an inspection (late the next day) ... and only
upon a successful inspection will they open up the gas meter! However,
that's a house that had had no gas service. In a previous house I had
a gas stove relocated and I don't recall needing an
inspection...possibly the gas fitter "forgot" to mention it?
galt email@example.com (Dave) wrote in message
Yes, that was the way it was for me. The installers told the
city that they were going to do the work and paid for the
inspection (which was added to my bill, of course). The city
sent me a letter giving approval for the installation, and stating
that I had a certian number of days after that to schedule an
actual inspection. So, after the new furnace was put in, I called
and had a city inspector come out and approve it.
He explained why it worked that way: the inspector wants to
see the job after its' completed. If he tried to show up the
same day as the installation, he might show up before they were
finished. Or the installation might have been canceled due to
a part problem or someone getting sick, or who knows what else, and
he'd have nothing to inspect. This way he can be reasonably certian
that he won't be wasting his time. City budgets are tight, they
can't afford to have inspectors sitting around a house waiting for
the installers to finish.
It would be a little different for a more involved job, but this
was a simple furnace installation, he could easily see everything
he needed too after the job was done.
Also: He was there to inspect the furnace, and *ONLY* the furnace.
The furnace was sitting right next to a hot water heater that the
previous owner of the house had clearly *not* gotten inspected.
The house is in a high-risk area for earthquakes (just north of
Seattle, WA) but the water heater (~5 years old, I've had the
house ~1 year) was not properly strapped to the wall. If he had
been there to inspect the water heater, he would have flunked it.
He was not, so he did not flunk anything.
My understanding is that, in general, if an inspector is looking
at something done to an existing home, they *only* pass judgement
on that specific job. This is to encourage people to get such work
inspected. Someone with a really old house with a mess of
badly done repairs would have to spend a fortune to get *every*
system up to code at once, and thus might decide to never
have anything inspected. Better that stuff gets inspected piecemeal
as a house is repaired than not at all.
On 1 Dec 2003 11:49:14 -0800, galt firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave) wrote:
In my jurisdiction, yes. Normally it's inspected immediately after
installation, but an emergency replacement usually allows for an
inspection at the next available time period.
Of course, your County inspector's office could tell you what's really
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