Box 1, Folder 4, Document 41

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August 22, 1969

Mr. Edward H. Baxter, Regional Administrator
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Room 645, Peachtree-Seventh Building

Atlanta, Georgia 30323

Dear Mr. Baxter:

A question has arisen regarding the correct interpretation of Section 114 of
Atlanta's Official Plumbing Code.

Prior to December 20), 1966, Section 114 required the exclusive use of wiped
lead stubs for floor outlet water closets and urinals, At about that time HUD
made a study of the Plumbing Code and in the interest of modernization
recommended that the City amend numerous provisions, including Gection 114,

Ihave been informed that the revision of Section 14 recommended by HUD
followed verbatim the corresponding provision of the Southern Standard
Plumbing Code. As ixtmended, Section 114 reads as follows:

Sec. ll4. Fixture connections between drainage pipes and
water closets, Floor-outlet service sinks, pedestal urinals,
and earthenware trap standards shall be made by means of
brass, hard-lead or iron flanges, calked, goldered or
screwed to the drainage pipe. The connection shall he
bolted, with an approved gasket or washer or setting
compound between the earthenware and the connection. The
use of commercial putty or plaster is prohbbited,

Since Section 114 provides that "the floor flange shall be set on an approved
firm base", one contention is that the choice of "brass, hard-lead or iron
flanges, calked, soldered, or screwed to the drainage pipe" applies only

to a slab on grade, which constitutes ''an approved firm base", Under that
theory Section 114 does not permit a choice of the three materials on iloors
above a slab on grade because such other floors do not necessarily constitute
"an approved firm base"'.

Under that view of Section 114 it would be permissible to restrict such joints
on floors above slab on grade to wiped lead stubs.

Mr. Edward H. Baxter
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August 22, 1969

The opposing interprefation is that the purpose of the amendment of Section 114
in December, 1966, was to permit the choice of "brass, hard-lead or iron
flanges, calked, soldered, or screwed to the drainage pipe" and that the express
language of the Section is such as to permit such choice, Under that construc-
tion the phrase "an approved firm base'' applies equally to all of the materials
and not just to those cther than lead.

The question has, therefore, been raised as to whether, under Section 114,

the engineer or plumbing contractor is restricted on floors above slab on
grade to wiped lead stubs or has a choice on such floors of using "brags,
hard-lead or iron flanges, calked, soldered or screwed to the drainage pipe".
Since HUD was instrumental in bring about the enactment of Section 114 in

its present form, the City would like to know what HUD regards as the correct
answer to that question.

In addition to the correct interpretation of Section 114, it will be helpful if
HUD will expeess its judment as to what the code ought to provide on this

point, entirely apart from the present language of Section 114, in order to
encourege the construction of low-rent, low-cost housing without lowering
reasonable standards of safety and durability.

Your help on these matters will be very much appreciated.


Dan E. Sweat, Jr.
Chief Administrative Officer

DESJr :je

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