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Sorry Carl about the daughter's car....  But,  there is a nice system at body shops to take them out, I have seen the results first hand on my office manager's brand new CRV (first week she got it!)  when an overhead hose coupling on a vacuum at the local carwash let go!  It landed on her hood, made a good dent, but DIDN'T break the paint, which I am sure the hail will not............it came back as if there was never anything there!  I think they use liquid nitrogen to contract the metal ?  :unsure:

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On 1/20/2017 at 4:42 PM, CECAA850 said:

Copper piping throughout with lead free solder and water soluble flux.  Water hammer arrestors on all the fixtures. 

 

The only time I would use pex is if there was a chance the lines would be exposed to freezing temperatures but there's no chance here.  Guys that do it for a living like it because it's fast but we've got plenty of time.  

I use PEX anytime I can. The problem I see with PEX is that it should only be installed with the expansion tools and not crimped. The wonderful thing about PEX is the chemical structure memory os the stuff. Not matter what it expands or contracts to, it will return to the size it was made. If using the expansion fittings, it is constantly trying to return to the original ID. This means it is continually contracting against the fitting. Even with oxygen barrier PEX, I like to use plastic fittings to prevent the destruction of the PEX caused by metal ions.

When I managed a bleach manufacturing facility, PEX was the only material of construction that could withstand the pressures and temperatures of the process. Still changed all the piping annually, but that beat every three months with the best piping from other materials.

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On 1/20/2017 at 11:38 AM, Ceptorman said:

Looks good Carl, glad to see actually soldered joints and not a bunch of those shark bite things. I'm still not completely sold on them, but many swear by them.

I've been considering a tankless on demand heater. I did save a site you recommended a while back about water filters.

I use tankless heaters exclusively anymore. No experience with electric, but only natural gas fired ones. So far, I have only used shark bite fittings on some remodeling projects with NO failures. I have always lived in areas the the water needed no filtration due to water quality, but I do recommend using a particulate filter ahead of a tankless water heater. The rotary valve sensor that detects water flow can catch any debris coming from the supply line and cause the unit to not come on. A real PITA if the family is at home and you are away if that happens. 

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On 1/20/2017 at 8:01 PM, babadono said:

I have a tankless WH albeit propane powered. Don't know what the manufacturer calls out for maintenance on the Eco Smart but what ever it might be make sure it gets done. Mine leaked all over the basement floor ruining a few items(fortunately not the KHorns or Lascalas) we were storing in the utility room. When I called up the company rep he said "have you been doing the maintenance?" I said WTF you talking 'bout? He said you have to run vinegar or CLR through it once a year. I said who the F does that? He said I bet you will now! He was right, as a matter of fact that's going to be one of my indoor chores this rainy weekend.

never heard that one....

i have the ecosence

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Morning gang

 

40, wind gusts to 40 and of course wet.

Snow/White-out conditions 30 miles east of me on the 80.

 

News states some of you on the East side are getting pounded, hope you are fairing well.

 

Coffee should be done, going for it. :emotion-44:

 

 

 

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Tarheel!

 

Looking at weather radar, you are directly in the path of hell.

Let us know how it's going will-Ya?

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See you are having some weather too then Mark...so are we too...stay safe ya'll

 

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5 minutes ago, billybob said:

See you are having some weather too then Mark...so are we too...stay safe ya'll

 

Nothing compared to what you guy's are going through, or about to :o

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Its been a while, thought I would drop in and let you know I am still alive. Coffee is good, working on third cup of Eight O' Clock Italian roast. Seems weather has been crazy everywhere else, weather has been good hear.  As for water heaters, I recently purchased a 50 gallon power vent to replace my 40 gallon standard vent.  I want to eliminate the chimney running across my basement bathroom, to where it runs straight out of the side of the house, plus I get the extra 10 gallons of hot water.  Once I save back up, I will get a water softener and have it all installed at once.   Anyways other than home work, kids stuff, and work, not much else going on around here.

 

Time to browse the web for a bit then off to finish homework (which I dread more than anything).

 

Peace

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Seems like I have to try to catch up again. Been off with a toothache the past couple of days. Seeing dentist tomorrow ... could not go Friday since dentists around here only work 4 days a week. ##!!

 

Anyway ....whining does NOT help so I stop it now. A few good tunes, some football and a new movie are on the agenda. Cheers guys.

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3 hours ago, dirtmudd said:

never heard that one....

i have the ecosence

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Looks like you have the isolation valves plumbed in on the bottom of the unit. They're there to make the flushing possible. Like CECAA850 said in my case the water here is really bad calcium wise. This makes the maintenance mandatory pretty much once a year. I don't know the quality of your water supply but I really would check and see what your manufacturer recommends.

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Just go on Youtube there's a bunch of "how to" vids to flush the tankless WH

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9 minutes ago, babadono said:

Just go on Youtube there's a bunch of "how to" vids to flush the tankless WH

thanks i know how to do it..

haven't  yet at this time..

it's only year and a half old..

 

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Nothing but some rain Mark.  Went to Costco just now for some of my favorite coffee, Mayorga,  8'oclock wasn't making it.

May finally crack the BM mix now that taste buds are back up to snuff.

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We had forecast for heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight, but nothing happened in N. Georgia. The southern end of the state got hit pretty hard..

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S. Georgia had 11 fatalities overnight from tornados.  

 

BM mix and additional spice is very good Mark.  Half through first one.

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Talk about feeling the wrath of nature. This is my brothers garage. As you can see two massive white oaks took it down last night. Since this photo we have cut the tree from the door and have been carefully removing his woodworking tools. At least the ones we can get to.

 

 

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The wife was creeped out to find this on our driveway.  Looks like a headless hawk to me.  Too bad our oven heating element decided to crap out on a Sunday,

 

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1 hour ago, JL Sargent said:

Talk about feeling the wrath of nature. This is my brothers garage. As you can see two massive white oaks took it down last night. Since this photo we have cut the tree from the door and have been carefully removing his woodworking tools. At least the ones we can get to.

 

 

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Drone picture?

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