1."If your city needs you to install them, then by all means
install them...." Only on tanks with side supplies. BTW, if you read thoroughly...which apparently you don't (you like to skim, then reply without enough info) tank manufacturers will require them on certain tanks to warranty the tank NO MATTER WHAT STATE YOU LIVE IN!! Duh...read some time.
2."Our state seems to be leaning more towards the
realm of common sense and has never forced this law down
the plumbers throat yet..." Indiana recognizes the International Plumbing Code as it's Indiana Plumbing Code which under section 504 requires the use of vacuum relief valves on certain tanks, right? So, I guess your state IS forcing it down your throat, you just haven't been following the code.
3. "probably because the odds of it happenning is less than
someone hitting the power-ball twice in a month...." So, using your rational thinking, if something is not likely to occur then why bother protecting the people from it...like back siphoning poison into a water system is as rare as hitting the lottery so don't install backflow devices. I get it, protecting your opinion and your ego is more important than your customer's safety.
4."Now as far as a conspiracy theory goes.....
If Watts comes up with some
lobbying money and spreads it around our state capitol and
bribes enough politicians , I suppose that this law could come
into affect some day...." Yup, too late for you, too...Indiana is also a victim of the same kickback scandal, you should complain to your local politicians for screwing you.
5. "I would be willing to guess that is the case
in your state...someone with a vested interest in selling
the product got this joke passed"....It surprises me that somebody hasn't mentioned this conspiracy theory anywhere else...ever....relating to vacuum relief valves. It must be lonely being he only person who sees this happening and we are just a bunch of poor suckers who can't see the light.
6. "if you actually see another imploded heater in your life time
please post it here on the site.....
I am sorry you did not have your camera with you
when you came across big foot..." See you were just skimming again. Pay attention. It was the Loch Ness Monster that I referenced before. I have a beautiful picture of Bigfoot that I will be posting here shortly and it clearly shows him installing a vacuum relief valve on a water heater in Indiana...I know, I couldn't believe it either until I looked at the photo again.
7. Earlier when you posted "Please inform me how my comments are a bit off.... I dont mind...." You actually DO mind, you were hoping for more details so that you could counter-point my comments. I don't have some deeply rooted insecurity where I have to carry a camera around to validate my thoughts and opinions about plumbing. Maybe you do, but don't try pushing this heavy "proof is in the photograph" bullcrap towards me and expect me to roll over and say "Sorry Mark, you're right, I don't have a photo. I must be dumm er-sumthin'"... because I won't roll over to such a closed-minded mentality. Good luck to your past and future customers, they're gonna need it.