Originally posted by ToUtahNow
It's on page E3, model C47-43P, it's at the very bottom of the page.
Because I know that I don't know everything, and being concerned, after your criticism, that maybe I had made a mistake, I refered back to the 2003 International Plumbing Code. I do not have every code book for the last 20 years memorized, as apparantly you do, so I thought it would be best to check the 2003 International Code since that is the code observed by the municipality in which this job was done. I will confess up front that I did not search every page of the code, but instead I searched what I believed would be the most likely place to find prohibitions on sanitary drainage fittings. Section 707.1 lists several prohibitions. No. 4 (and I am paraphrasing) says that pipes of different diameters must not be sealed by means of a "rolling" elastomeric "o-ring". I do not know if this is what you had in mind, perhaps it was something completely different and if so you should certainly share with the class whatever the code prohibition is that you think makes this flange illegal. In any event, since the flange in question does not have an "o-ring" rolling or otherwise, this prohibition clearly does not apply to this flange. However, I did not stop there. I spoke with 3 different local plumbing inspectors. One was the inspector for the fastest growing county in Alabama, one was the code official for the municipality in which the work was done, and for the last I deliberately chose the code official of another municipality which has the local reputation of near insanity in it's very stringent interpretation and often disregard (in the more restrictive sense) of the plumbing code. All three of these code officials operate from the same 2003 International Plumbing Code. I did not know before hand what any of these officials might say. All 3 of them approved the fitting with only one of them adding the obvious caviat that it could not be (nor was it) used inside a 3" pipe as this would create a sub-minimum inside pipe diameter with respect to the discharge of a water closet. So, having confirmed the validity of my previous statement with the proper research, I will restate the fact that this is a perfectly legal fitting which was properly installed and will be serving it's purpose, leak free, long after my client is dust. The only other thing I can think of is that I believe I refered to this fitting as a compression flange, since that is the only thing I've ever heard it called. However, I noticed that the manufacturer refers to it as a "plastic two finger flange". If I have failed to speak the universal language regarding this fitting then it is certainly my error for which I am sorry. If you have some other reason for regarding this fitting as illegal then let us receive the benefit of your superior knowledge and experience, if not then the best apologies are concise, contrite, and without addenda, and will be accepted (or given should you in fact be able to demonstrate via the code why this fitting is illegal) with appreciation, reconciliation, and grace. In your apology, if you want to include anything about being an arrogant, condescending, unpleasant person in your attempt to demean my technical competence as well as my character, that will be ok too.