When I was a kid growing up on the farm in Connecticut, my cousins and I decided one day to harness the pony to the wagon and give ourselves a ride. We had several large ponies on the farm and we couldn't catch the one that was trained to pull the wagon so we hooked up one of the ones that we could catch. NOT TOO BRIGHT. I can still see my cousin sitting on the back of the wagon, bouncing up and down, his eyes wide as saucers and headed full speed across the pasture---and then through the vegetable garden. I am fortunate today to not remember what the repercussions were. It is kind of funny today, but at the time, the ruined wagon, ruined harness and ruined garden probably didn't go over too well since we produced much of our own food.
Using the right things for the wrong purposes can lead to funny stories like my childhood farm life, but it can also have deadly consequences. On a recent inspection I found where someone had relocated the gas dryer and because the gas line wasn't long enough, they just added a length of water supply line to extend the gas line. These water supply lines are rated for water only. Although they might "function" as installed, the consequences of failure would be much greater than a ride through the corn field. (Of course the consequences for my poor cousin, had he broken his neck, would also have also been a bummer.) It is very common on inspections to find where the wrong materials have been used for the job---some result in more dangerous situations than others.
This first picture shows the original flexible connector at the gas shut-off and its connection to the water supply pipe at the left.
The second picture shows the water supply pipe where it connects to the back of the dryer.
Like the wrong pony harnessed to the wagon this is ---NOT TO BRIGHT!
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board