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Plumbing answers...ask the A-team

Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by SAKplumber, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. ran23
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    I figured a 40 gal was a better choice when the time comes.
     
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    Lower your bills a little,, JR
     
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    We went with a hybrid, after electric company and state rebates it was less than a regular electric.

    Just know it will cool off whatever room it is in
     
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    In the garage?
    A 50 gallon will only provide 35 gallons of water at the desired/set temp before it drops 10 degrees due to incoming cold supply. A 50 won't fill one bathtub with hot water. Not with a 3" vent...maybe a 4" vent unit due to the higher BTUs.
    But I agree...40 is plenty for 2-3 people depending on use habits and definitly stay gas if you've got it. The savings over electric can't be that significant, but the conveniences are.
     
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    Yes around here they are usually in the garage, no basements.
     
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    Dig. Around here they are inside whenever possible. Garage requires it at least at 18" high.

    But water lines can still freeze in the garages here.

    I love the ones that were crammed in little closets next to litle furnaces that have been replaced with big furnaces...getting a newer, bigger, more effecient water heater in there is no problem when you had to cut the door jamb and wall off just to get the old one out:eek:
     
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    Our water softener and water heater are both in a uninsulated unheated garage.
     
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    :p
     
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    The water heater's pilot light helps some but the softener will get a blanket if temps drop too much.
     
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    Moving to Oregon, it was great to see the laundry in the house instead of the garage, but the water heater is still out there. snow tonight.
     
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    Thank goodness our laundry is inside to, wife would be hard to endure otherwise.
     
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    How about one in a crawl space under the house with roughly 4 feet in height. I did one of those once, let's just say that was fun.
     
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    Could be worse, in Los Angeles it was common to see the water heater in a shed-like structure on the outside of the house. Up here in the Portland area some developers put the water heater in the attic. :nah_disagree:
     
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    Hopefully with a pan under it! Really a stupid place to put it though.
     
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    That's smart putting a 30-50 gallon water heater in an attic for starters the weight problem then potential leaking issues, Genius shear Genius.
     
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    1 gal. of water equals 8lb right plus the heater itself? :frantic:
     
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    That's what I remember. So anywhere between 240 - 400 pounds for water then add in the heater.
     
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    vegassprky and keith1234

    Yes, there's a pan. Of course, that 3/4" drain ain't gonna keep up when that thing goes kablooie!

    Water weighs 8.34 pounds per gallon, to be precise (-ish). Momma always said it was better to be a smart-:censored: than a dumb-:censored:. :oops:
     
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    Lucky all mine have gone out with a "dribble" not a "kablooie". Mine is on a stand in the garage and I put a pan under it to prevent the stand from going to crap.
     
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    They put 'em in attics here too. A pan is code in KY, and while its usually in a finished attic area in newer condos, they still only provide the folding attic ladders for entry:mad:
    "Yes sir, its gonna cost extra for having to pay an extra man to deal with that little access and a 200 lb heater going up there.
    We wouldn't wanna drop it. The old one is even heavier, but getting it down?...not a problem"
    ;)