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Exhaust / Intake too close to meter

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I understand that the exhaust and intake can not be within four feet of the gas meter, but am just curious who goofed.

New construction, what comes first? The meter or the furnace?

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As a builder for 25 years, I can tell you that on my jobs there was usually some overlap between plumbers and HVAC guys on site. As far as scheduling the other trades, the electrician usually came after these trades since wiring is more easily made to work around ducts and plumbing lines than the other way around. That said, I was a low volume builder generally building only a few relatively larger custom homes. When you get to large scale builders, I suspect that anything goes. The almighty schedule rules.

P.S. That intake and exhaust look suspect also.

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95% chance that the meter was installed after the HVAC system was in place. They will not install the meter untill the final grading is done and that is usually one of the last things done to a home.

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Yeah but, the piping in the house (and probably the underground too) was already installed. That interior piping had to be completed prior to a framing inspection.

Blame the super or the builder for lack of coordination.

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on another thread it was decided that the dinosaurs came first.[:-bigmout[:-banghea

But as far as we know, they were hatched from eggs. [:)]

The piping may have been in place, but the meter could have been installed to the right of the elbow. I'd blame the gas company.

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I have come across this problem again and now getting feedback from the builder that I'm wrong, that the clearance is only 12" from meter.

Can somebody provide the exact code for this ??

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Try contacting the engineering department of the local utility provider and ask if they have a document detailing installation requirements.

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