Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Useful Links

Updated 09/19/2014

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ADA - Standards for Accessible Design.
AFCI - Types and Product Categories.
American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC) - Heavy timber construction details and standards. 
APA - Engineered Wood Association - Information on engineered wood products.
APA - Designers Circle
American Wood Council - Standards for wood design and construction including National Design Specification®(NDS®)for Wood Construction and Wood frame Construction Manual for One- and Two-Family Dwellings(WFCM). 
American Wood Council - free download Span Tables for Joists and Rafters.
ASHRAE 90.1-2007 - Michigan's Non-residential/Multifamily buildings energy code.  Limited time offer. Use with Part 10a. Administrative Rules
ASTM Standards
American Wood Preservers' Association (AWPA U1-07) excerpt for protection of wood and wood based products.
Bureau of Commercial Services
- License Verifications Builder, Architect, Real Estate Appraiser/Broker, Professional Engineer, Surveyor and 18 others . By phone - 866-630-6608.
Bureau of Construction Codes (LARA) - Code information and links to related Public Acts and Administrative Rules.
Bureau of Construction Code License Verification - Boiler, Electrical, Elevator, Manufactured Housing, Mechanical, and Plumbing.
Bureau of Fire Safety
Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) - Canadian version of evaluation reports for construction materials.
Cat6A
- Check your download file for PDF. Information on Telecommunication and Data Wiring.
Code of Federal Regulations
- On-line CFR.
Consumer Complaint Directory

Continuing Competency Requirements to renew Builders or M&A license.
COMcheck TM  - Energy code compliance software for Non Residential buildings. Select ASHRAE 90.1-2007.
Compression Chart showing the reduction of R-Value when fiberglass batts are compressed.
Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth - Main page includes general construction code information and department links.
Dimension Express
- Appliance installation specification sheets.
DOE
- Federal Energy Code Information and Energy Code Compliance Tools. 
Electrical Code Rules 2008 (Part 8) - Michigan Amendments to NEC-2008 (NFPA 70-08). Superceded by:
Electrical Code Rules 2011 (Part 8) - Michigan Amendments to NEC-2011 (NFPA 70-11).  Use with 2011 NEC. These rules took effect 7/1/2013.
Energy Star - Builder Option Packages (BOP) for MUEC Zone 6.
Energy Code Resource Center
- U.S. DOE miscellaneous reports and information.
EPA
- Map of Michigan radon zones.
Forest Products Laboratory
- Extensive information on wood products uses, treatment and finishing.
Frost Protected Shallow Foundations (FPSF)
- Builders guide to Frost Protected Shallow Foundations.
HUD
- Fair housing logo for use in advertising.
Guide to Permitting and Zoning for Antrim County  - Updated 20121 version.
Guide to Permitting and Zoning for Benzie County  - Updated 2012 version.
Guide to Permitting and Zoning for Charlevoix County - Updated 2012 version.
Guide to Permitting and Zoning for Emmet County  - Updated 2012 version. 
Guide to Permitting and Zoning for Grand Traverse County  - Updated 2012 version.
Guide to Permitting and Zoning for Kalkaska County  - Updated 2012 version.
Guide to Permitting and Zoning for Leelanau County  - Updated 2012 version.
Guide to Permitting and Zoning for Manistee County  - Updated 2012 version.
Guide to Permitting and Zoning for Wexford County  - Updated 2012 version.
Gypsum Association - On-line information for gypsum products including their Fire Resistance Design Manual.
Gypsum Construction Handbook - USG Corporation
ICC
- Model code development information.
ICC
- Free codes. Use with appropriate Administrative Rule amendments.
ICC-ES
- Evaluation reports for construction materials.
Lead Paint Rule (RRP)
- Publications and other resources for compliance from the EPA.
Michigan Builder Related Laws
- Article 24 of PA 299 of 1980, Administrative Rules and lien law information.
Library of Congress-Thomas
Michigan Real Estate Related Laws - Includes required disclosure form.
Continuing Competency Requirements
to renew Builders or M&A license.
Michigan Code Books
- are available for purchase (hard copy or download) from the ICC Store. By entering through the LARA web page you will receive the member discount.
Michigan Electrical Code-2008 (Part 8. Administrative Rules)
- Michigan's non-residential/multifamily electrical code. Use with 2008 NEC. Superceded by:
Michigan Electrical Code Rules 2011 (Part 8) - Michigan Amendments to NEC-2011 (NFPA 70-11).  Use with 2011 NEC. These rules took effect 7/1/2013.
MDEQ - Water well logs online.
Michigan Legislature
- Michigan law and pending legislation.
Michigan Legislative Publications
- Legislative Body Rules, Michigan Manual and other publications.
Michigan Lien Law
- Includes Sworn Statement and Lien Waiver forms.
MIOSHA
- Construction safety standards including a sample Construction Safety Program.
Michigan Uniform Energy Code (Part 10. Administrative Rules)
- Michigan's residential buildings energy code.
2009 MUEC Prescription Compliance Form
for residential dwellings.
2009 IECC Free
Download has expired. You snooze, you lose.
Michigan Non-Residential/Multifamily Energy Code (Part 10a. Administrative Rules)
- Michigan's Non-residential/Multifamily buildings energy code.
NFBA
- Extensive information on Post-Frame construction.
NFPA
- On-line NFPA Codes and Standards.
NFRC
- U-value ratings for fenestration products.
Radon
- Radon mitigation techniques.
Radon
- Michigan Radon Zones
REScheck TM
- Energy code compliance software for Residential One and Two Family Dwellings. Select 2009 IECC. Select 2006 IECC for log structures.
COMcheck TM
  - Energy code compliance software for Non-Residential buildings. Select ASHRAE 90.1-2007.
Soil Data - NCSS
- Extensive information on soils as collected by the USDA.
Office of Regulatory Reinvention
- (Formerly SOAHR) Administrative Rules including history and status of pending Administrative Rule changes.
State of Michigan Contact Listing
- Contact information for State of Michigan Employees.
Steel Door Institute
- Extensive information on steel doors.
Truss Bracing Standard BCSI 2008
- Truss bracing requirements.
UL
- Listing of AFCI Types and Product Categories.
UL Door Listing - Extensive information regarding fire door listings.
WWPA - Western Wood Products Association design information.
WorldClimate
- Climate data by town.
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Ask a Code Question

Send Questions to Ask A Code Question.

Updated 8/23/2014
Answers based on Michigan Codes.

Q. When will the 2012 Michigan Building Code and the 2012 Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings take effect?
A. The 2012 Michigan Building Code and the 2012 Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings  take effect October 9th, 2014.

Q. Where can I find the schedule for the 2012 Michigan Residential Code review committee?
A. The schedule can be found here.

Q. Where can I find the form to submit code change requests?
A. Forms to submit changes can be found hereCode change proposals must be received by the Bureau no later than Friday, October 18, 2013.


Q. Where can I buy code books? 
A.  All the codes can be purchased here at the ICC member price. The 2012 Michigan Building Code and the 2012 Michigan Rehabilitation for Existing Buildings are not yet listed on this LARA page. However, clicking on any of the listed codes will take you to the ICC  Michigan store page where you can select the desired (discounted) code books in printed or PDF format.








Q. Can I read the ICC codes for free?
A. Yes. All the ICC codes can be read for free here.

Q. Can 2 buildings share an elevator?
A. Yes. The STILLE-DEROSSETT-HALE SINGLE STATE CONSTRUCTION CODE ACT (Act 230 of 1972) states in part...
125.1513e Sharing elevator between 2 buildings.
Sec. 13e. This act does not prohibit the sharing of an elevator between 2 buildings as long as the buildings are in compliance with this act, the code, and the following acts and rules promulgated under those acts:
(a) The fire prevention code, 1941 PA 207, MCL 29.1 to 29.34.
(b) 1976 PA 333, MCL 338.2151 to 338.2160.
(c) 1967 PA 227, MCL 408.801 to 408.824.
(d) Any other act or rules regulating elevators in buildings.
History: Add. 2005, Act 50, Imd. Eff. June 23, 2005.

Q. Is latex paint considered a vapor retarder?
A. In general, latex paints have a perm rating of 5.5 to 8.6 perms at .002" (2 mil) thick and are considered Class III vapor retarders. "Vapor Retarder" latex paints have a perm rating of 0.45 perms at .003" (3 mil) thick and are considered Class II vapor retarders.
Manufactures of Vapor retarder paints include:
Benjamin Moore, DeVoe, DuluxSherwin Williams PrepRite, and Sherwin Williams ProMar.
This list is not intended to be all inclusive. Other manufacturers may offer vapor retarder paints.

Q. Can I leave foam insulation exposed in an unfinished basement?
A. Maybe. The 2009 MRC states:
"R316.5.10 Interior finish. Foam plastics shall be permitted as interior finish where approved in accordance with Section R316.6. Foam plastics that are used as interior finish shall also meet the flame spread index and smoke-developed index requirements of Sections R302.9.1 and R302.9.2.

R316.6 Specific approval. Foam plastic not meeting the requirements of Sections R316.3 through R316.5 shall be specifically approved on the basis of one of the following approved tests: NFPA 286 with the acceptance criteria of Section R302.9.4, FM4880, UL 723, UL 1040 or UL 1715, or fire tests related to actual end-use configurations. The specific approval shall be based on the actual end use configuration and shall be performed on the finished foam plastic assembly in the maximum thickness intended for use. Assemblies tested shall include seams, joints and other typical details used in the installation of the assembly and shall be tested in the manner intended for use."

You will need to check the manufacturer's ICC Evaluation Report (ES) or other approved agencies report to see if the product meets the acceptance criteria.

Q. I'm a RRP remodeler. What documentation do I need to provide to the home owner at the completion of the project?
A. As of July 6, 2010 there are new requirements regarding documentation. Beginning July 6th, 2010, when the final invoice for the renovation is delivered, or within 30 days of the completion of the renovation, whichever is earlier, the renovation firm must provide information demonstrating compliance with the training and work practice requirements of the RRP rule to the owner of the building being renovated and, if different, to the occupants of the renovated housing or the operator of the child-occupied facility.
This is detailed in § 745.86(d) of Title 40 CFR Part 745, Record keeping and reporting requirements and can be found here.
Use this checklist.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fall Protection Information

Updated 5/28/2013

Q. Can I get fall protection training on line?
A. Yes. MIOSHA has a residential fall protection webcast here

Beware the Ides of March. 
As of March 15th, 2013, all extensions delaying implementation of the new rules have expired. 
Here is the MIOSHA enforcement directive.
The following are links to the latest MIOSHA information:

Residential Fall Protection Initiative MIOSHA Residential Fall Protection Webcast
Residential Fall Protection Initiative Press Release (April 4, 2011)
Residential Fall Protection Letter (pdf)
Residential Fall Protection Fact Sheet (doc / pdf)
Residential Fall Protection Compliance Criteria - COM-04-1R1
Updated Enforcement Policy for Residential Fall Protection
Part 45. Fall Protection Standard (pdf)
Sample Fall Protection Plan for Residential Construction Work (CET #0184)
MIOSHA Fatal Facts: Falls that Kill (doc / pdf)

Highlights of the Fall Protection Standard Fact Sheet (doc / pdf)
Falls - Unprotected Sides, Openings, & Floor Holes (doc)
Threshold Heights Requiring Fall Prevention/Protection (Const & GI)
Fall Prevention/Protection Resources
Fall Protection Q&A






The following is an alphabetical listing of fall protection equipment suppliers. This list is provided as an informational service only. No recommendation or endorsement is to be construed.

AMSI Supply
Capital Safety - Residential (Roofers)
Capital Safety - Construction (Heavy)
Garlock Safety Systems
Guardian Fall Protection
HUGSafety
InCord Safety netting
Miller Personal Fall Protection Products
North by Honeywell 
SAFETY Harness Gear
Safety Maker - Safety Boot Guardrail System
Safe-T Ladder - Ladder walk through railing
Wall Walker

Additional resources
PowerPoint presentations covering the basics. NOTE: Michigan has modified some rules. See below.
Good Faith fine reductions
OSHA FACT SHEET


Monday, April 4, 2011

Construction Industry Related Recalls

Updated 2/27/2014

GMI Holdings, Inc., dba The Genie Company, of Mt. Hope, OH is recalling several garage door openers sold between August 2011 and October 2012.  For more information visit http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Genie-Recalls-Garage-Door-Openers/.
This recall was issued February 25 th, 2014

Gree Electric Appliances, of China, is recalling several models of dehumidifiers with the GE brand name manufactured between 1/08 and 12/10. These units can over heat and cause fires.
For more information visit http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Gree-Expands-Dehumidifier-Recall-to-Include-GE-Brand-Dehumidifiers/. This recall was issued January 30th, 2014

RSI Home Products, of Anaheim, CA, is recalling four models of Glacier Bay®-branded bathroom medicine cabinets, manufactured between July 15, 2013 and October 10, 2013 and sold exclusively by Home Depot. They have a mirrored door, two adjustable and two fixed interior shelves. Some models have exterior display side shelves. The mirror or its back panel can separate and fall out, posing an injury hazard to consumers. They were sold in 21, 23 and 30-inch widths and in three finishes: cognac, java and white. ”VOC” and the manufacture date are stamped on the exterior of the cabinet’s back panel. The model and SKU number appear on the product’s box.
For more information visit http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/RSI-Recalls-Bathroom-Medicine-Cabinets/ This recall was issued January 16th, 2014

U.S. Boiler Company Inc., of Lancaster, PA, has recalled  ESC, PVG and SCG model cast iron hot water boilers that use natural gas or liquid petroleum to heat water for residential space heating. The boiler may emit excessive amounts of carbon monoxide posing a CO poisoning hazard to the consumer. The boilers are light blue in color with black trim, about 40 inches tall, about 26 inches deep and range from 12 to 31 inches wide. The model name and U.S. Boiler logo are on the front cover of the boiler. The front cover of the boiler is vented. Recalled boilers were manufactured between December 2005 and February 2013. The model number, serial number and manufacturing date are located on a silver label on the top panel of ESC models and on the inside of PVG and SCG models on the right side panel. The manufacturing date appears in the upper right corner of the silver label in the MM/YYYY format.
For more information visit http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/US-Boiler-Recalls-Home-Heating-Boilers/ This recall was issued January 9th, 2014

New Yorker Boiler Company Inc., of Hatfield, PA, has recalled the PVCGA model cast iron hot water boilers that use natural gas or liquid petroleum to heat water for residential space heating. The boiler may emit excessive amounts of carbon monoxide posing a CO poisoning hazard to the consumer. The boilers are green in color, about 38 inches tall and about 26 inches deep and range from 11 to 30 inches wide. The front cover of the boiler is vented and has the New Yorker Boiler logo. Recalled boilers were manufactured between May 2012 and February 2013. The model number, serial number and manufacturing date are located on a silver label on the inside panel. The manufacturing date appears in the upper right corner of the silver label in the MM/YYYY format.
For more information visit http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/New-Yorker-Boiler-Recalls-Home-Heating-Boilers/ This recall was issued January 9th, 2014

Red Wing Shoe Company Inc., of Red Wing, MN, has recalled 45 styles of Red Wing men’s steel toe work boots in sizes 11 to 18 and widths ranging from B to H depending on the size and style. The boots have 6, 8, 10 or 11 inch ankle height and were sold in brown, black and maroon-colored leather.  The following style numbers are included in the recall: 2206, 2211, 2223, 2226, 2230, 2238, 2249, 2254, 2270, 2404, 2405, 2406, 2408, 2412, 2414, 2426, 2491, 3505, 3507, 3508, 3526, 3528, 3568, 4208, 4210, 4273, 4406, 4414, 4425, 4433, 4435, 4436, 4437, 4438, 4445, 4481, 4483, 4484, 4494, 22406, 22408, 52406, 52408, 82406 and 82408. Date codes between 10/12 and 11/13 are included in the recall. The style number, date code and Red Wing Shoes are printed on a label inside the boot’s tongue. For the complete list, visit http://www.redwingshoes.com/safetynotice 
This recall was issued December 19th, 2013

Crown Boiler Company, of Philadelphia PA, has recalled the CWD series cast iron hot water boilers that use natural gas or liquid petroleum to heat water in home baseboard, floor or radiator heating systems. The boiler may emit excessive amounts of carbon monoxide posing a CO poisoning hazard to the consumer. The boilers are red and gray, about 37 inches tall, about 23 inches deep and range from about 16 to 42 inches wide. The Crown Boiler logo is on the front of the boiler. Recalled boilers have model numbers that begin with CWD and were manufactured between May 1, 2005 and July 1, 2013. The model number and the manufacturing date are located on a white rating label located on the upper right side of the boiler. 
Consumers with recalled boilers should immediately contact the installer or distributor from whom they purchased the boiler or Crown Boiler to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers who continue using the boilers while awaiting repair, should have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside of sleeping areas in the home.
For more information visit http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Crown-Boiler-Recalls-Home-Heating-Boilers/.
This recall was issued December 3d, 2013.


HeathCo LLC, of Bowling Green, KY, has announced the recall of Motion Security Lights. Internal wiring can be damaged during installation, bulb replacement or adjustment, posing an electric shock hazard. This recall involves Heath®/Zenith 270° Motion Security Lights with model number SL-5414-WH. It replaces a standard outdoor wall mounted light fixture and is designed to turn on when motion is detected at night. The product has two cone-shaped light  bulb receptacles attached to a round mounting plate. A small, rectangular motion sensor is attached to the mounting plate between the light bulb receptacles. The unit is made of aluminum and plastic. It comes in white only. The brand name and model number are on a label located on the back of the motion sensor. The lights were sold at Home Depot Stores from September 2011 through April 2012 for about $30. Consumers should immediately stop using the light, turn off power to the unit at the circuit breaker or fuse panel and contact HeathCo for a free replacement light fixture.
For more information visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12236.html.
This recall was issued July 26th, 2012.

Robert Bosch Tool Corporation of Mount Prospect, IL, has recalled the product, SkilSaw® 10-inch compound miter saw, with model number 3316 and date codes 111, 112, 201, 202, 203 or 204. The model number and date code are on the lower right side of the name plate located on the motor housing. The SkilSaw logo appears at the top of the upper blade guard and on the dust collection bag. The saws were sold from January 2012 to April 2012.
The lower guard can break and contact the blade during use, posing a laceration hazard to users. Consumers should immediately stop using the miter saw and contact Robert Bosch Tool Corporation for a free lower guard replacement kit.
This recall was issued July 10th, 2012.

Homewerks Worldwide LLC, Lincolnshire, IL, importer of  Delta Electronics (Dongguan) Co. Ltd., of China, has recalled Harbor Breeze Bath Fans with Heater and Light. The fan's heater blades can fail to rotate properly, causing the fan to overheat and posing a fire hazard.
This recall involves plastic Harbor Breeze bathroom fans with a center light and a heater. The fans are white and measure about 11 x 17 inches. Model number 7109-01-L, Lowe's item number 194492 and UPC code 820633985358 are printed on the fan's packaging. A date code beginning with either  0, 11, 12 or 13 is printed on the fan's housing, which indicates the fan was manufactured between August 2010 and March 2011.
This recall was issued June 28th, 2012.

Flushmate, of New Hudson, MI, a division of Sloan Valve Company, has recalled Flushmate® III Pressure-Assist Flushing System.The system can burst at or near the vessel weld seam releasing stored pressure. This pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact or laceration hazards to consumers and property damage.
This recall is for Series 503 Flushmate® III Pressure Assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks. The recalled systems were manufactured from October 1997 to February 2008. The units are rectangular, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic. The date code/serial number is 16 characters long and is located on the label on the top of the Flushmate III. The first six numerals of the serial number are the date code. The date code range for this recall begins with 101497 (October 14, 1997) and continues through 022908 (February 29, 2008).
Consumers should immediately turn off the water supply to the recalled Flushmate III unit and stop using the system. Consumers should contact the firm to determine if their Flushmate III serial number is included in the recall and to request a free repair kit.
This recall was issued June 21st, 2012.
Thomas Lighting, of Elgin, IL; part of Philips Consumer Luminaires Corporation, of Elgin, IL, has recalled flush mount ceiling light fixtures due fire and shock hazards. The fixture's socket wire insulation can degrade, leading to charged wires becoming exposed, causing electricity to pass to the metal canopy of the fixture. This poses a fire and electric shock hazard to consumers. This recall involves 28 different models of ceiling flush-mounted light fixtures manufactured between June 1, 2010, through November 25, 2010, with a diameter ranging from 7.5" to 13". All affected fixtures have a round base or canopy affixed to the ceiling and a dome- or cylindrical-shaped cover. The recalled fixtures have a variety of finishes including metal and/or clear or frosted glass and contain one, two or three light bulbs. Canopies are a range of colors including white, bronze, brass (gold) and nickel. Most models have a nib in the center of the dome cover in the same color as the canopy. Although the manufacturer's name, the fixture model number and production date can be found on a printed label on the ceiling-side of the fixture's metal canopy, consumers are advised not to remove the metal canopy from the ceiling in order to access this label.
This recall was issued June 19th, 2012.

Bel Air Lighting Inc., of Valencia, CA, has announced the recall of outdoor wall mount lanterns. An electrical short circuit can occur in the lanterns' internal wiring, posing a risk of fire, burn and electric shock to consumers.
This recall involves outdoor wall-mount lanterns made of cast aluminum in a rust color with beveled glass sold from June 2006 through May 2012. A question mark shaped piece of metal connects the lantern body to the wall-mount plate. The lanterns were sold at Lowe's stores under the Portfolio brand name with item number 253366 and at lighting showrooms with item number 44181. The brand name and item number are printed on the product's packaging. Lanterns included in the recall are 19.25-inches tall by 9.75-inches wide by 9.25-inches deep and have a three-light candelabra base cluster inside. Part number "E194303" is printed on the base plate and on a label affixed to one of the light sockets.
Consumers should immediately stop using the lanterns and contact Bel Air Lighting for a free replacement lantern.
For more information visit http://www.regcen.com/belairlighting/.
This recall was issued June 19th, 2012.

EDIC, of Los Angeles, CA has issued a recall of Air movers/blowers. The air mover/blower's internal electrical capacitor can fail and overheat, posing a fire hazard.
This recall involves air movers/blowers that are used to dry floors in homes and other buildings sold from January 2003 through September 2011. "Aqua Dri" is printed on the top of some of the air movers. Model "3004AD" or model "3004ADxxx" (with additional letters) is printed on the serial number plate on the back of the units. Model numbers with "N" are not included in this recall. The air movers' plastic housing measures about 18 inches high by 18 inches long by 18 inches deep and has a 25-foot yellow electrical cord.
Users should immediately stop using the recalled air movers/blowers and contact EDIC for a free repair kit to be installed by users.
This recall was issued June 19th, 2012.

Cooper Lighting LLC, of Peachtree City, GA has recalled Portfolio 7-inch reflector assembly with glass lens. The reflector can fall out of its fixture to the ground, which could result in an injury hazard. 
This recall involves circular, 7-inch diameter Portfolio aluminum reflector with glass lens designed to be inserted into a light fixture sold from May 2008 to February 2012. This reflector is intended for use in indoor, commercial applications, such as office buildings, schools and shopping malls. There are four springs attached to the lip of the reflector. Reflectors marked with a barcoded stamp on their outside surface are not subject this recall. The recall includes reflectors with the following catalog descriptions: 7080*G, 7081*G, 7280*G, 7281*G, 7380*G, 7381*G, 7780*G, 7781*G, MSP5429*, MSP5443*, OLD-7280KLI4G and 7-inch reflectors with glass lens with the "PDR" (Product Deviation Request or customized product designation) prefix; however, this description does not appear on the product. The recalled assembly is used in the following lighting fixtures: C7018*, C7042*, C7113*, C7118*, C7126*, C7142*, C7213*, C7218*, C7226*, C7242*HD7*, and MD7*. 
Maintenance personnel in facilities with these fixtures should check them immediately, take down any units without a barcoded stamp and contact Cooper Lighting for free replacement springs. 
For more information visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12185.html.
 This recall was issued May 23d, 2012. 

Unitary Products Group (UPG), a division of York International Corp., of York, PA, has re-announced the recall of Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T Gas Furnaces for Manufactured Homes.  
The furnace can overheat and cause the heat-exchanger to crack and create openings that allow flames to be exposed. When this happens, drywall and other nearby combustibles are exposed to the flames, posing a fire and smoke hazard to consumers.The furnaces are silver with white access panels. "Coleman," "Coleman Evcon" and "Red T" brand names are located on the middle of the front access panel. The model number is written on a faceplate, found by removing both front access panels. The faceplate is found mounted on the left inside surface behind the lower panel. 
For more information visit  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12102.html.
This recall was issued February 3d, 2012.

Viking Range Corporation of Greenwood, MS, has recalled Viking dishwashers.
An electrical component in the dishwasher can overheat, posing a fire hazard. 
The recall includes Viking 24" Professional, Designer and Custom Panel dishwashers manufactured between May and September 2010. They were sold in black, white and 24 other custom colors, stainless steel and with custom wood panels. The name "Viking" appears on the control panel at the top of the door. The model and serial number are located on the identification plate mounted on the inside on the left side of the dishwasher door opening. The first six numbers in the serial number are the manufacture date in mmddyy format, e.g., serial number 052610 was manufactured on May 26, 2010. 
For more information including model numbers, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12147.html. This recall was issued April 10th, 2012.

Kyung Dong Navien Co. Ltd., South Korea, has recalled Navien Instantaneous or Tankless Water Heaters imported by Navien America Inc., of Irvine, CA. An unstable connection can cause the water heater's vent collar to separate or detach if pressure is applied. A detached vent collar poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the consumer.The Navien tankless hot water heaters are white with "T-Creator" and "NAVIEN" on the front. Recalled model numbers are CR-180(A), CR-210(A), CR-240(A), CC-180(A), CC-210(A) and CC-240(A) manufactured in 2008 were sold from February 2008 through March 2009. A label on the side of the water heater lists the model number along with the manufacturing year in YYYY format.
Consumers should immediately stop using and check the model and manufacture year information on their Navien water heater. Consumers with recalled water heaters should immediately contact Navien to schedule a free repair. Navien will replace all Nylon 66 vent collar with PVC collars.
For more information including model number and date, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12074.html. This recall was issued December 27th, 2011.

General Electric - Appliances, of Louisville, KY, has recalled GE Monogram® Pro Rangetop with Grill manufactured by Leiser, Mexico.  Burners on Rangetops operating on liquefied petroleum ("LP" or propane) may fail to ignite or light if the gas control knob is left in a position between OFF and LITE, posing a risk of delayed ignition or explosion. The Rangetop units are either 36 or 48 inches wide with a stainless steel finish and the GE Monogram® badge located on the front center of the unit. The burner control knobs are located on the front panel that overhangs the cabinet. The model and serial numbers can be found on a label located behind the far left burner knob, or on the bottom of the unit.
Consumers who are operating the product on LP (propane) gas should stop using the product immediately, turn off the gas supply to the product, and contact GE to schedule a free repair. 
For more information including model numbers and serial numbers, visit  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12021.html. 
This recall was issued October 25th, 2011.


Venmar Ventilation Inc., of Quebec, Canada has recalled air exchangers due to fire hazard.
This recall involves air exchangers sold under different brands that are used to circulate air in and out of the home. The metal air exchangers are painted blue or grey. Air exchangers included in the recall were manufactured from 1996 through 2001 and have brand and model information printed on the unit's rating plate or on the side of the unit.
Units branded Venmar, Venmar AVS, VanEE, Flair, Hush, and Guardian by Broan are included in the recall. See here for more information. This recall was issued July 7th, 2011.


Eight Manufacturers Recall Pool and In-Ground Spa Drain Covers Due to Incorrect Ratings.
These Covers Pose Possible Entrapment Hazard to Swimmers.
A&A Manufacturing, of Phoenix, AZ.; AquaStar Pool Products Inc., of San Diego, CA.; Color Match Pool Fittings, of Surprise, AZ.; Custom Molded Products, of Tyrone, GA.; Hayward Pool Products, of Elizabeth, NJ.; Pentair Water Pool and Spa, of Sanford, NC.; Rising Dragon USA, of E. Sweetwater, TN.; and Waterway Plastics, of Oxnard, CA.have recalled drain covers that were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers. 
Pool owners/operators and consumers who have one of the recalled pool or spa drain covers should immediately contact the manufacturer to receive a replacement or retrofit, depending on their make and model. Except for kiddie pools, wading pools and in-ground spas, retrofit or replacement of installed covers are not required in pools with multiple drain systems or gravity drainage systems or for covers installed before December 19, 2008. .See here for more information and a list of effected models. This recall was issued May 26th, 2011.

One World Technologies, Inc., of Anderson, SC has recalled Ryobi, model S651D, ¼ Sheet Sanders. Pieces of the fan can break off from the fan assembly and be ejected from the product, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sander and contact One World Technologies to receive a free replacement sander.
See here for more information. This recall was issued May 5th, 2011.
 
Lennox Industries Inc., of Richardson, TX, and  Advanced Distributor Products (ADP) LLC, of Grenada, MS, have recalled FOA and TUA series garage heaters. Some heaters were manufactured without a required flame rollout switch, which is a back-up device that shuts down the heater in the event of a heater failure. This poses a fire hazard. Consumers should immediately stop using the heaters immediately and contact ADP or LENNOX to schedule an inspection and, if necessary, repair of the heater. See here for ADP model numbers and here for Lennox  model numbers and more information. These recalls were issued April 14th, 2011.

Sunjoy Industries Group Limited, of Steubenville, OH, has recalled Freestanding "Garden Treasures Living" Steel Outdoor Fireplaces. The decorative bronze powder coat finish on the fireplace chimney can ignite during use, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Consumers should immediately stop using the fireplace and contact Sunjoy to obtain a free replacement chimney and chimney cap. See here for more information. This recall was issued March 8th, 2011.

Liebherr-Canada Ltd, of Ontario, Canada, importer of CanadaLiebherr-Hausgeraete Lienz GmbH, of Austria has recalled built-in 30-Inch wide bottom freezer refrigerators. The refrigerator's door can detach, posing an injury hazard to consumers. Consumers with recalled refrigerators should contact Liebherr immediately to schedule a free in-home repair.See here for more information and a list of effected models. This recall was issued March 3d, 2011.

Lennox Hearth Products LLC, of Nashville, TN, has recalled Shadowdance Natural Gas Log Set Burner Assemblies. A crack can develop at the gas valve connection allowing natural gas to leak while the burner is in use, posing a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled natural gas log set burner assemblies. Consumers can contact Lennox to arrange for a free replacement of the burner. See here for more information. This recall was issued March 1st, 2011.

DeVilbiss Air Power Company, of Jackson, TN, has recalled air compressors compressors sold under the Craftsman, Delta Shopmaster, DeVilbiss, Husky and Porter-Cable due to a possible fire hazard. See here for more information and a list of the effected models. This recall was issued February 3d, 2011.

Vacless Systems Inc., of Sylmar, CA, has recalled Pool Safety Vacuum Release System. Improper plastic material found inside the recalled product has been attributed to vacuum release failures which create an entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers. Consumers should immediately stop using their pool or spa. Distributors and dealers are directly notifying consumers of the recall and the Vacless SVRS repair program. Pool owners/operators who have not been directly notified should immediately contact Vacless Systems Inc. to implement the Vacless SVRS repair and testing procedure and to receive a replacement unit for installation. The instructions for the repair are also available at www.vacless.com. See here for more information and a list of effected models. This recall was issued January 19th, 2011.

STIHL Incorporated, of Virginia Beach, VA, has recalled STIHL MS 361C chain saws (C-Q version). The throttle trigger may stick after it has been released by the operator, which could cause the engine to continue to run at a speed that drives the saw chain. This can pose a risk of a laceration injury to the user or a bystander. Consumers should stop using these chain saws immediately and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair. See here more information. This recall was issued December 23d, 2010.

Ryobi RTS20 portable table-saws have been recalled due to the saw blade on the motor carriage could be misaligned, posing a laceration hazard. Consumers should contact Ryobi immediately to receive a free inspection of their product and, if necessary, a free repair or replacement of their RTS20 Ryobi table-saw. See here for more information. This recall was issued December 14th, 2010.

Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Charlotte, NC, has recalled Frigidaire and Electrolux ICON Smoothtop Electric Cooktops and Frigidaire Slide-in Ranges with rotary knobs and digital displays. Liquids can pool under the control knob and cause the surface heating element to turn on unexpectedly, heat to temperatures other than expected and then not turn off, posing a risk of fire and burn hazards to consumers.  Model and serial numbers for the slide-in ranges can be found inside the oven door on the left side of the unit or on the underside surface on cooktop models. The following model and serial numbers are included in this recall can be found here. Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled ranges or power off cooktops at the circuit breaker. Contact Electrolux for information on how to obtain a free repair kit. This recall was issued October 21st, 2010.

Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, MD, has recalled Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders with model numbers RO400, RO400G, RO410, RO410K, RO410LW and FS3000ROS and date codes between 200701 and 200929. The black plastic disc (called the platen) that holds the sandpaper can fly off or break apart during use and the disc, or pieces of the disc, can hit the user or those nearby, posing a laceration hazard. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sanders and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement platen to hold the sandpaper. See here for more information. This recall was issued September 9th, 2010.

Cerro Wire Inc., of Crothersville, IN, has recalled THHN Electrical Wire. The actual electrical wire has “14 gauge” printed on it, but the packaging incorrectly labels the electrical wire as 12 gauge solid white 100’ UPC 48243982721 and 12 gauge stranded red 50’ UPC 48243229215. If used as a 12 gauge wire, it can overload, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Consumers should immediately stop using any switches, outlets or electrical devices using this wire and contact Cerro Wire for instructions on returning the product for a refund. Any contractor or subcontractor who used this wire should inspect their work to see that their work meets local electrical wiring code. See here for more information. This recall was issued August 18th, 2010.

White Cap Construction Supply Inc., of Costa Mesa, CA, has recalled 2 to 20 pound Brigade Hickory handle sledge hammers. The head of the sledge hammer can loosen and detach, posing a risk of impact injury to consumers. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sledge hammers and return the product to White Cap Construction Supply for a full refund or exchange. See here for more information and model numbers of the recalled hammers. This recall was issued August 18th, 2010.

Lennox Hearth Products, of Nashville, TN, has recalled Superior VFGL Vent-Free Gas Log Sets and VF Vent-Free Fireplaces. The front burners of vent-free gas log set fireplace inserts and the vent-free fireplaces can fail to ignite allowing gas to escape and posing a fire or explosion hazard to consumers. See here for more information and a list of effected models. This recall was issued March 25th, 2010.