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    Thanks, I was just reading about the duct board. ...

    Thanks, I was just reading about the duct board.
    That's one of the materials I am considering.
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    That's funny. :D Can't touch the wall...

    That's funny. :D



    Can't touch the wall behind the duct as it already houses a supply duct within it.

    I appreciate all the suggestions from everyone so far and I'm open to more ideas.
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    That's an interesting idea, but I'd rather not...

    That's an interesting idea, but I'd rather not deal with sheet metal.

    What other material can I use?

    I am thinking of that foil lined insulation with an adhesive on one side. Would something...
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    Yes, they should've done a better job installing...

    Yes, they should've done a better job installing that duct. Unfortunately, I have to deal with what it is.
    Part of the reason I was asking about the best paint/finish was the "air quality"...
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    I never thought of a fire code affecting this,...

    I never thought of a fire code affecting this, since the stairs to the upstairs don't require a door. But instinctively was thinking of using the concrete sheet rock to line the inside and the...
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    In-WALL air return?

    I asked this elsewhere, no reply yet... What do you guys think?

    When our furnace was replaced, the installers put some new ducting in, including this 2nd floor air return duct. Each floor has...
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    +1 Have the kid's parents see it and have the...

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    Have the kid's parents see it and have the kid HIMSELF clean the mess up.
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    THAT is correct! And that is exactly how the...

    THAT is correct! And that is exactly how the union is installed in the above picture, between the gas valve and the "T" on the vertical drop, you just can't see it.

    However, in your original reply...
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    Thanks for the screws suggestion. Once I...

    Thanks for the screws suggestion.
    Once I complete the final adjustments on the vent piping and after the second water heater is installed, I will add more screws and also will use foil tape around...
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    The union allows you an easy "starting point" for...

    The union allows you an easy "starting point" for disassembling the gas connections.
    However, if you used the flex pipe for your connections, you won't need a union, since you can just unscrew the...
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    Here, the PROS connect the gas line to a water...

    Here, the PROS connect the gas line to a water heater control valve without a union between the tee and the thermostat. ( But in your case, why would you need a tee if you don't have traps?)

    The...
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    You're very observant :) And you're right, I...

    You're very observant :)

    And you're right, I did use BOTH tape and pipe dope on all the connections I made. For gas connections I used the yellow gas tape.

    I have 2 compression fittings there....
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    Yes, that sounds good. Just double check all...

    Yes, that sounds good.
    Just double check all the connections for any leaks.

    ...BTW, I'm not Terry but that's ok :)
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    I've seen flex gas connectors looped so that the...

    I've seen flex gas connectors looped so that the loop is below the connection to the heater and acts as a sort of sediment trap.

    However, I would keep the sediment trap, since it's as easy to get...
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    I'm not a pro so take this with a large grain of...

    I'm not a pro so take this with a large grain of salt. Here are some of the possibilities depending on type of water heater you have...

    Problem one: thermocouple.

    Problem two: air intake...
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    No, that's actually a brand new shiny iron "T"....

    No, that's actually a brand new shiny iron "T". :D

    But the old heater next to this new one, which was installed by a "pro" has a galvanized T, galvanized sediment trap, galvanized joint union and...
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    Yes, I still need to connect the TP discharge...

    Yes, I still need to connect the TP discharge pipe as I mentioned in my OP. And I will wait couple of weeks before insulating the cold and hot pipes just in case there are any leaks.

    Thanks Gary....
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    Water Heater.. BEFORE and AFTER

    Ok, I finally received one heater and installed it, still waiting for the second one.

    I tried the BrassCraft black braided flex connectors but found their threads very flimsy as they strip with...
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    Funny, after I opened this thread, I actually...

    Funny, after I opened this thread, I actually thought of using Billy Mays's epoxy! :D
    Do they sell something similar in the stores?

    The good thing is that the upper section is actually "S" shaped...
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    Anyone has any suggestions?

    Anyone has any suggestions?
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    Another WASTE pipe question

    Looks like a short vertical "T" section has rusted through.

    There is no leaking and no smell for now, but I figure it's only going to get worse, so I'd like to do something about it sooner rather...
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    25 years? I'd be happy if the corrugated copper...

    25 years?
    I'd be happy if the corrugated copper connections (or any connectors for that matter) lasted half that time.

    The heaters I'm getting have factory installed true dielectric fittings to...
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    HA HA funny :D Thanks for all your advice... I...

    HA HA funny :D

    Thanks for all your advice... I decided to install two 40K BTU tanks with 3" vent pipes installed properly and separately.
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    That is what I was thinking of using initially...

    That is what I was thinking of using initially but a plumber I talked to suggested the flexible copper as a "better" alternative.

    Any one else with pros and cons on these two? What's the consensus...
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    FLEXIBLE copper pipe?

    I'm thinking of connecting 3/4" flexible copper piping from gas HW tank to the solid copper piping above for both hot and cold. The connections will be about 1 1/2 to 2 feet long.

    Provided they...
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