I know this has nothing to do with the city, but it just blows me away. As I was at work today (I'm a kitchen and bath designer at a big box store) I saw our appliance sale person working on a group of gas dryers already sold, and I asked why? She explained that there is a new state law that requires gas dryers to be installed 15" off the floor on a metal platform, like a water heater. I though it was a joke, but it was explained that there is a State Law that actually requires this. I, naturally, assumed that there must be another State law requiring the purchasers of all gas top load dryers be basketball players, preferably forwarrd or centers since guards may still be too short to unload the dryer. Seriously, a law about mounting a dryer up on a platform, but no law requiring a balanced budget or no corruption in the State Legislature? (OK, there's probably a law against that last one, but they just don't pay much attention to it.)

As a six plus year resident of California, and having been a resident of three other states, Vermont, where there's still a law on the books requiring you to carry a loaded gun to church in case on indian attack, Massachusetts, where it's illegal to whistle under water, and New Hampshire, were they are re-creating the Old Man Of The Mountains, a natural rock formation that fell off the side of the mountain several years ago, I've seen my share of whacky laws. California, however, has all those other States beaten by a mile in the crazy law race. So far I've seen building codes requiring a specific number of screws per sheet of drywall, but no real requirement for where they go and environmental laws that destroy businesses, but don't realy protect the environment, but now my dryer has to be mounted 15" off the ground. I can only assume there is a requirement about what kind of stepstool I need to access the dryer.

The fact is, the silly laws are only the tip of the iirritation for me. I just can't get past the fact that lawmakers are actually spending time on this sillyness instead of working on getting the State back on track. Seriously, what's next? "I'm sorry sir, by State Law you are required to eat all of your vegetables before you leave the restaurant." or "No sir, I can't change your oil now, because it's only been 3462 miles since your last oil change, not the required 4750 miles, or more." How about "I'm sorry, folks, but, according to our scale, you are too heavy to enter the buffet."

If anyone has anything to say about this one, let me know, because I'm really curious about who sets this crazy stuff up.


PistolPete Feb. 28, 2010 @ 11:41 p.m.

Welcome to Kaliforniastan! Please turn over your common sense to Occifer Friendly. :-D This state is f***ed up and I hope I'm back in Chicago before Mother Nature decides to wipe all the Trig Palins into the Pacific drink.


keithltuc Feb. 7, 2011 @ 2:04 p.m.

I went to a large appliance retail store and they told me the same story. Apparently they are trying to prevent your car from igniting gas that might leak and pool under a faulty unit.

I wonder how many deaths will be caused from dryer units that fall on top of their owners or on kids. Or back injury caused by lifting the units on their pedestals? Shouldn't we also have to use earthquake strapping to strap them down like we do for water heaters?

The real kicker is that I'm not going to put in a 15in metal pedestal, I'm going to buy the electric dryer - which will of course cost more to operate and not help us reduce our power consumption footprint.


madfin Sept. 9, 2016 @ 7:09 p.m.

None. Because we also have another sensible law that requires these units to be attached to the wall. And though it's quite natural and understandable to not know about the fume danger, you're kind of an idiot if you try to lift a dryer onto a pedestal without assistance.


madfin Sept. 9, 2016 @ 7:07 p.m.

Actually, this is not a crazy law. The fumes of many extremely flammable liquids that are used commonly at home in garages (gasoline and paint thinner for example) are heavier than air and can travel long distances along your floor, creating a potential ignition path straight back to the user. This law is intended to protect you from being burned alive by igniting these fumes with your water heater or dryer. This is real. Years ago a mortician friend of mine showed me a woman's body that was burned beyond recognition when these fumes where ignited by her water heater while she was using gasoline as a solvent for cleaning. This can also happen while filling a power tool with gasoline. Unlike many other states, California thankfully has many laws like this that are ahead of the curve and keep us safe. This woman died because she lived in a state that abrogates on their responsibility to keep their citizens safe. With an elevated water heater the fumes would have passed harmlessly under the water heater. Just because you don't understand the purpose of a law doesn't make it a dumb law


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