I don't know what world you live in but in 99% of the country gas piping is tested and inspected three times. Once by the plumber, once by the mechanical inspector and finally by the gas company. Sand holes are a fact of life but I guarantee that someone down the chain would have found it before you did because leak testing is mandatory. So tell me, how are you going to test that connection to the vent? Explain the process to me. You posted here because you couldn't figure how to make a simple connection so now you expect us to believe that you know how to test this connection? Here's a hint; draining the sink tells you nothing.
mtcummings; I call shinnanagins on you. 30 years ago the whole bribe thing may have been standard operating procedure but these days inspectors value their jobs too much to get caught taking money. I'm not saying it never happens but it's pretty damn rare. What inspector in their right minds would risk loosing a municipal job with benefits and retirement for a few bucks on the side? With today's video cameras and cell phones it would be the easiest thing in the world to expose them.
I have heard your arguments for years and years and again, maybe it happens rarely but it damn sure is not common. the other thing that blows a hole in your theory is that if an inspector signs work off on a bribe and later on there is a liability issue, who's neck do you suppose is in the noose? Yep, that would be the inspectors.
Nice try though.
I admitted I don't know how to test a 2" vent. Assuming the joints are tight I can't see how it fails unless it's a long run improperly pitched. Not possible in this case where the run from riser to the stack is less than a foot. Triple testing gas work? Maybe where you live but certainly not here when I've hired plumbers and had permits. Like I said, no one tests at all, but me. The local utility actually left a leak when they installed a new regulator in the basement. It appears where you live people take the process more seriously. Perhaps the lax work here has led me to believe it was all theater not true safety.
Tom, I'm certain you're a well meant guy, arguing with some who's right in the letter of the law is pointless, and when this little piece of work is done I'll think twice before starting another unpermitted job. Hopefully, I'll have some real work by then. Looking over this thread I'm unhappy I've let myself slip into antagonizing someone who's main reason to be here is to help. I usually just shake my head when I read pissing matches, and here I am in one. That's not the point of the forum, and I apologize to you and the moderators.
PS: My epiphany came this morning when I got a ticket for a rolling stop at the end of my block, my 1st moving violation in 13 years. I'm quick to saddle my high horse about obeying traffic speed and signals to protect the many pedestrians and kids, and there I was. It was food for thought as I went on my way that Tom is not wrong in the laws being there for a reason. I think I'm too smart and cautious to seriously screw up (I've seen zip cord buried in plaster!) but it's true what you don't know, you don't know.