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I typically come across two or three of these a year and tell my clients the pipes have to be replaced, but I've never actually seen one that's failed.

I found this baby yesterday, and the visible portion looked fine--except for the condensate tubing that was detached from the nipple.

Anyhow, I'm curious. Does anyone have photos of an ultravent that's cracked, or that has an obvious leaking joint?

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I typically come across two or three of these a year and tell my clients the pipes have to be replaced, but I've never actually seen one that's failed.

I found this baby yesterday, and the visible portion looked fine--except for the condensate tubing that was detached from the nipple.

Anyhow, I'm curious. Does anyone have photos of an ultravent that's cracked, or that has an obvious leaking joint?

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I've seen a few -- maybe less than a dozen. Some were cracked. I wrote up all of them, and attached whatever supporting documents I could dig up.

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This is what I put in the report:

The exhaust vent, known as Ultravent, is made from a material that is subject to failure and is the subject of a recall. The pipe is leaking exhaust gas where it connects to the boiler. Combustion products are entering the

building. The vent should be replaced as soon as possible. See Articles 6C.10,11 and go to http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/PRHTML98/98072.html for more information.

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