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In Topic: Tankless water heater

16 March 2015 - 03:21 PM

(Also a plumbing supply guy)

Meh; the recirc pumps that go in the outflow of a water heater do give you instant hot water, however it does come at a cost however.
Without getting too technical, the way they make a hot water "loop" is by installing a valve on the furthest sink from he heater. You basically connect your hot water line to your cold water line. The results are instant hot water, and your cold water won't be cold, it will be warm or hot.
Your best bet is to skip the recirc pump all together...wait an extra :20 secs for hot water. That is the most efficent way to get hot water and you don't compromise your cold water.


Have you seen the Navien A-Series? It has a built in mini-tank for recirculation purposes, doesn't use the Grundfos Comfort System style tee-valve at the furthest fixtures. It's a true recirc system.


Obviously that requires the ability to either install a loop or have one existing already.

In Topic: Tankless water heater

02 March 2015 - 02:54 PM

Plumbing supplier here. Wife and I had an extensive remodel/addition done to our home last year and a tankless was a no-brainer. Especially after renting a condo during the construction that had a single 40-gallon electric water heater and we have a three-year old. Plenty of cold showers during that 10-month period. Fug that poo.


What HotSauce and Anybodyhome said above is good advice for sure. I'm fortunate to have LP gas already available in the mechanical room where the tankless is installed. I had a Rinnai RU98i installed, which is their ultra-efficient model that requires a condensate drain, which I also already had in the mechanical room.


Make absolute sure you have enough gas flow available where you install, it could require a new larger line be installed or be as simple and painless as a new regulator.


Hardness of your water is a real concern, and if you have hard water you must be sure to frequently do the vinegar flush to remove calcium deposits. A flush kit will run you around $150. I've got very soft water at home, so a yearly flush should do me well.


I would recommend a hot water circulation system if quick hot water is important to you. It takes mine about 30 seconds to get hot water in my master shower about 20' away from the unit.



In Topic: Thought of SCP when I saw this.

02 March 2015 - 02:13 PM

Christ, I spend maybe one minute on the toilet unless I've got a stomach bug or something. My cousin, however, would stay on the shitter so long he'd smoke half a pack during his morning poo. The hell is wrong with you people? :)

In Topic: Verizon Data Plans

27 February 2015 - 01:53 PM

Yeah if you've got grandfathered unlimited data, as I do, the only way to retain it is to pay full retail for phone upgrades so your plan doesn't change. Signing up for a 2-year agreement constitutes a plan "change", and you'll lose your unlimited data when doing so.

In Topic: Google Fiber is a go in Charlotte

28 January 2015 - 10:47 AM

lucky fugers