Ok, maybe you know about NFPA 211 Chapter 14. Maybe you don't. The bottom line is you should. Wouldn’t it be better to say to yourself, how I can fulfill the Level 1 and Level 2 process and do it in a time frame that doesn’t take all day! And how can I review the items listed in each installation. That’s where Chimney Data System (C.D.S.) comes in. We have looked at the NFPA 211 Chapter 14 Annex and re-categorized and sorted the list, placing the recommended items into various installation scenarios and then reviewed the list of items in 14-4 to create a path for the tech to follow. Now the recommended items listed can be inspected in context with the installation. This approach provides a better way to fulfill the 14-4. and help stop missed items.
Have you ever found an installion that is the same? NO!! But do you see the same thing is various installations. This may sound trivial, but it had stopped many companies from completing a full level 1 or 2. Or you have the information from the level 1, but it is in a Bad Place-your head!
We sorted through the Annex and found the same items that needs checking and prioritized them to create a path for the tech to follow. Following the path you are less likely to forget to check something. The big bonus in time comes when the techs paperwork comes back to the office, the office staff uses the same procedure to process the paperwork. Now the office doesn’t have to hunt down the tech to do a “Spock mind-meld” with them. The time saved within a month can be worth thousands of dollars, plus reports or comments about the homeowner’s installation can be done much faster. With the changes in technology and media advancements and because the C.D.S. is in a MS Office or Open Office format, you can take advantage of all the new Wi-Fi 3G computer thingy’s or just print out the C.D.S. guide for the specific installation on to a piece of paper and fill in the questions. How you want to transmit the data is only limited to your imagination and technology. CDS provides the backbone to complete the Level 1 and 2 inspection required by NFPA 211 Chapter 14.
Tom Urban has worked in the Chimney and Hearth industry for 40 years. He's been an inventor and manufacturer for 35+ of those years.