stoker-man wrote:I was called into the office today to see the Pennsylvania L & I inspector. ...SNIP ...
Since he was already cranked up, he asked me if I knew that for the last few years, all boilers in businesses or NEW boilers in residences must be coded. It doesn't matter anymore whether business is conducted inside a residence. There is one loophole and that is: if there is no sign outside a residence, the state cannot come inside. That job is left up to local code officials, which can inspect the boiler for coding. And I hate when I hear this, because it's like getting kicked when you're down, but if something pressure related happens to a non-coded boiler, when you're supposed to have a coded boiler, the insurance company will let you hang.
Don't shoot me; I'm just the messenger. The state inspector spent an hour going over this stuff with me.
This may or not be correct depending on what the term "coded" means.
We need to understand some terms. Coded, stamped, tagged, inspected and approved are many times used interchangeably. They mean different things. PA state law requires the "International Mechanical Code" published by the International Code Council to be followed. This code in turn requires boilers to be "designed and constructed in accordance with the requirements of ASME CSD-1 and as applicable, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Sections I or IV". In these aforementioned requirements is the requirement to have a tag attached to the boiler vessel that it meets the requirements. This is called "stamping". In Pennsylvania the state legislature approved a bill that was enacted repealing the "stamping" requirement for boilers in residential use. This just means the tag doesn't have to be there, it still requires the boiler vessel be "designed and constructed in accordance ... etc".
For example the AHS coalgun boiler doesn't have a stamp, but it is designed and constructed in accordance ... etc. So it can be legally used in a PA residence, but not in a commercial building.
The specific inspector either doesn't know the repeal of the stamping requirement or is just throwing his weight around.