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Old 08-16-2011, 01:14 PM   #1
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Pepper tree growing around refrigerant line.


Hello, I've done a few searches and can't find much info on this problem.
My wife and I had an inspection on a house we're wanting to buy and the inspector warned us of a pepper tree grown up around the refrigerant line of the a/c unit outside. I'm wondering what the best way to remove the tree without damaging the line. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.


This is an image from the inspectors report.

"Pepper trees are growing into the refrigerant line change and can cause damage to system"


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Old 08-16-2011, 01:27 PM   #2
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spray the area with Roundup ( more expensive version which kills all things green) to get rid of the low foliage. then carefully cut the tree with a fine tooth hacksaw and be VERY careful as there are 2 small wires from the house by those lines that go into the outdoor unit. then buy some pipe insulation and fix those bare spots on the line.

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Old 08-16-2011, 01:34 PM   #3
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You clip the damn thing down above the lines, then spray the area with Round up as yuri suggested. What other "obvious" stuff did this inspector report on. A lot is common sense stuff, that most home owners (I do mean most) will take care of, when they tend to a property. Was this a foreclosure property?
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You need to replace the insulation on the suction line.
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Thank you for the replies. Sounds fairly easy. We are first time home buyers and something like this seems a bit scary because we don't want to damage the refrigerant line and cause damage. The house is a foreclosure that was "renovated" to a degree; paint, appliances, fans, fixtures, pretty basic things. The only other thing we were advised to do is get a plumber to replace a cartridge in a shower, put up rain gutters, and take care of a screened in porch that was scrapped with no reinforcemant keeping it secure.. (In Florida with high wind potentials)
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Scary, no. Just do it right with the proper tools. Just make a list of stuff that you need to get done, and take the info from the home inspector with a grain of salt, since most is to try to scare you, more than others, like this. Do not use anyone that the Realtor or the home inspector recommends. And keep records of everything. As for the hvac system, if you have questions about maintenance, and do not know the age or able to find the books on it, post the manufacturer & model number on here, and those with the resources can help you out.

The only time you run into trouble, is when you start a project, and it costs more than you first thought, due to problems found along the way, especially in homes that the original homeowner did no maintenance. As for this house, does it have a water softener system in it? And yes, pictures are welcome, and you are welcome to start something over in the project showcase.

The other scare, will be when you go out shopping at the diy center, and end up purchasing more tools than you realized you needed. Check out Habitat for Humanity for tools and stuff to keep the home up.
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cut that truck about 3" yup from the ground and clear the area of leaves and stuff...that white PVC line is your condensate discharge from the air handler as a result you have the tree drinking all the water sent out.any and all trees as a new home owner need to be normal sizes and definitly away from the foundations...roots start to grow and travel around those lines and pinch either line causing problems...so do the trunk and clear the dirt away to get at the roots once they get snipped(electrical side cutters) off the truck the tree is dead
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The best way to use roundup is to spray the plant before cutting it. The chemical works much better if the leaves transport it to the roots.

Did you know...the same process that enables round-up to work is also the same cause behind autism..coincidence???

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