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Old 07-25-2016, 02:40 PM   #1
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HOA says to get rid of it, but what is it


Hey all,

Just bought a condo and mMy HOA sends a letter saying I have to remove whatever this is and make it look for like the other condos (see photos).

Does anyone know what this is? Any suggestions on how to fix it?

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I'll take a wild guess while we wait for the pros. Are you in a cold climate. If so it might be an attempt to eliminate a frost lift problem (which should not happen) or it could have been a plumbers solution for a broken pipe, again to relieve any connection with the soil. I suspect there is a more standard way to do that.

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Actually, looking again, could there have been a meter inserted there to measure water for other uses at a different rate?

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It looks like a bypass valve and jumper pipe. There may have been a meter or a filter installed at one time that was removed and replaced with flex tubing.
Is that the input to your condo? If so it may have been the connection for a water softener at one time.
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Yep its input for condo... so maybe all I have to do is cut off the bypass down near the bottom where the two shoulder bends are located and connect up with a small piece of pipe?

Never done anything like this before but hate to pay 100s of dollars if this is simply DIY thing



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It looks like a bypass valve and jumper pipe. There may have been a meter or a filter installed at one time that was removed and replaced with flex tubing.
Is that the input to your condo? If so it may have been the connection for a water softener at one time.
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Well, simple looking maybe, but this is a job for a pro. If your lack of experience results in those pipes coming apart you could end up flooding some other basements and all of the liability would come back to you. Besides, the HOA may not allow you to do that.

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Since it doesn't match the other units it appears to have been there for something that no longer exists.

My first inclination would be to tell the HOA to fix it themselves or stick their letter where the sun don't shine, but the rules are probably different down there.
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Yep its input for condo... so maybe all I have to do is cut off the bypass down near the bottom where the two shoulder bends are located and connect up with a small piece of pipe?

Never done anything like this before but hate to pay 100s of dollars if this is simply DIY thing
You should look at your HOA's regulations. They might require that plumbing jobs, no matter how simple, be done by a licensed plumber. If you condo has a management group, they might require to see license, insurance, etc. If you do the job yourself, there could be a fine (fines could run in the hundreds too). Plus, as others have mentioned, if there's a problem that arise that affects other units, you'll be liable for it.
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Pros out there, are Sharkbite fittings allowed outside?
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Something was connected here... maybe a water softener?
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Pros out there, are Sharkbite fittings allowed outside?
Yes the sharkbite connectors can be used outside

But keep in mind that PEX pipe is not rated for exposure to the sun. Also sharkbites are not to be used with soft/rolled copper only K/L/M hard copper
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My first inclination would be to tell the HOA to fix it themselves or stick their letter where the sun don't shine, but the rules are probably different down there.
same here. tell them to do it themselves. why didn't they make the PO's remove it.
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Also check your condominium documents and regulations to see who is responsible for that piece of pipe.

If a unit owner tampered with common elements, he can be held responsible for repairs or restoration. However the violator is the owner and not the unit so a subsequent owner coming into possession of the unit would not be responsible for elements normally common responsibility.
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