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August 16th, 2006
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Playing "Problem Whack-a-Mole"
Vini finally got the chlorine flushed out of the well enough to get a valid test sample. If there are bacteria this time, I have to decide between trying again, hiring a professional disinfect the water system, or installing a germicidal water treatment system.

So, the water situation may be fixed, but it appears that the electrician simply took a "hope for the best" approach on the smoke detectors--leave them where they are and hope the inspector doesn't bitch. I looked up the instructions on the web and he is clearly not even close to the manufacturer's installation instructions. He tried to tell me that the placement left room for interpretation. No, actually, they don't. I called the manufacturer's tech support. Their instructions mirror the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 72. They don't have any alternative products that allow for a lower installation location than 12" max from the ceiling or 3' horizontally from the highest point of a vaulted ceiling.

Okay, I was able to preview NFPA 72...It seems crystal clear that they are not in the right places, any of them, no matter how you slice it. How do you install smoke detectors all the time and manage to get them all wrong? How?

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From:madbodger
Date:August 16th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
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Which smoke detectors did you go with? I went with the Firex 7000, AC powered with battery backup, plus CO detection.
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From:happypete
Date:August 16th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)

Firex 4618

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Much simpler critters.
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From:eeedge
Date:August 16th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Talent?

It sounds like you're suffering a much more major version of what I had yesterday. If they make a mistake, deny it and pretend it's okay.

You have successfully convinced me *never* to have a house built.
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From:happypete
Date:August 16th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)

No kidding

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it's a nightmare.
From:mtn_hermit
Date:August 16th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)

Re: No kidding

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It's almost as if you have to get your own certifications in various fields and then live in a trailer on the lot and supervise construction every day to keep them honest and on track.
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From:happypete
Date:August 17th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)

Re: No kidding

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This is the honest truth...and then when they screw something up, they try to blame me, or ask me how they should fix it, or blame someone else..

ARRRGH!
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From:dcseain
Date:August 16th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Reading the vaulted ceiling bit, the electrician should fix the detectors no charge. The LR one is nowhere near where it should be.
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From:happypete
Date:August 17th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)

I know...

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I think they are making good their commitment.
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From:vettecat
Date:August 17th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
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That is pretty scary...
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