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Richoaks

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Hi all,

I'm a newbie, and am thoroughly enjoying all the info pics and testing here. My question is, do your towns or cities require permitting or inspection for a drainback thermal storage & DHW preheat exchanger like described in "the shed" project?

I'd love to setup a system like this, but worry about building codes and insurance coverage in the result of a failure of my system.

How do you all handle this aspect? Thanks in advance!

-Rich

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" My question is, do your towns or cities require permitting or inspection for a drainback thermal storage & DHW preheat exchanger like described in "the shed" project"


No universal answer, codes and inspections are governed by state and local law. In the Kansas county I'm in, we can do anything we want as long as it is non-commercial.  No building codes, no inspections. The Kansas county I'm originally from has real invasive codes and regulations. 

I suggest you study the bylaws for your state, county, city as applies to your location. We discovered lot of the "rules" in my old county where made up by code administrators who do not have the power to legislate.


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Richoaks

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Thanks for the reply! I will check out my local codes - I hope they're hands off like your current town is!
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"I hope they're hands off like your current town is!"

One of the benefits of living in a county dominated by Amish and Mennonites.

Kansas does not have a mandatory statewide building codes. This county does not have countywide building codes. Most of the cities within the county do have building codes, which is understandable with the building density of a city. Most cities in this county  just require compliance with the voluntary International Building Codes.

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Probably stupid of me but I went with the motto "Ask for forgiveness instead of permission".

I am set back off the road quite a bit though.

My shed is only 10' X 12' and they want a permit for anything over 8' X 8'

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Had a buddy that wanted a shed some time back. He too came up against a size limit for a shed without a permit. He took the time to read the regulations and realized the limit was foot print not floor space. So he built a one with the maximum foot print and two floors, got twice the storage area.
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I looked into it.  The rules here basically say buy a commercial system that has passed standards testing or the answer is no.   Permission won't happen so forgiveness it is.    There are many home built systems from the 70's and 80's still in use and they were all pushed by the utilities and local governments back then.
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In a similar vein, in response to a public debate on having chickens within the city limits, an Ohio mayor stated that anything that's not explicitly permitted in the municipal code is prohibited. 

http://www.offthegridnews.com/current-events/mayor-anything-not-permitted-under-law-is-now-banned-and-that-includes-gardens/

Perhaps the mayor ought to hang out a "DIY NOT WELCOME HERE" sign as well.
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