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    Advantages of Hot Water Tank in Shop

    Hi,

    You ask, "What is the advantage of hot water tank in the garage?" Well it is a good way to get your shop floor cleaned and wash the ends of oak, mahogany, etc. and wash the sides of plywood sheets. It also seems to get all moveable tools into new locations---including outside.

    Oh yes, it also creates back aches in self and Love Of Your Life.

    My shop is in the garage. Like many garages, it contains the hot water tank.
    I came home after my woodturning class and found a half-inch of water on the floor. Whoopie Duck.

    Now I only have to come up with $700.oo for a new tank (I could have used that for lathe tools, chuck, etc.). Doesn't that add insult to injury?

    OK I'm thru crying. You might want to flush some water (drain out a few gallons of water) if you have not done this for awhile. Or if your tank is 12 years old, as mine was, consider a new one. And with that last comment comes a request for all plumbers to send a donation to the James C Bradley new tool fund. This is fully not deductable from your income tax.

    Enjoy,

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    Rotten break Jim. Has one let go in the last house. Luckily we were home and happen to walk through the utility room in our stocking feet and it happened on a week end. I'll not have that prblem again..... We have a gas fired on demand hot water heater... never runs out of hot water, unless you forget to buy gas that is
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    Bummer, Jim. What a way to end a fun afternoon of woodturning.

    We had to replace ours last year. Fortunately, the leak was only a slow one, so it didn['t get too much wet. Our water heater is in the furnace closet in the middle of the house. A bad leak could do some serious damage.
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    I dunno what they cost, but how about a tankless water heater?

    We really like ours, and the take up very little space, so you could gain some workshop/garage space at the same time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    My shop is in the garage. Like many garages, it contains the hot water tank
    "Most"... Well maybe most in the Southern US.

    My HWH is in the basement. Of course, so is my shop So if it goes boom then my shop is in the same condition as Jim's. .... along with my wife's sewing room, and the playroom, and the freezer, and the extra storage...

    On the upside, there is a floor drain about 3ft away from my HWH, and I hope that most others have one there also.

    My condolences, Jim. When our HWH broke down a few years back we went the rental route. On the upside, it was free to get the old one removed and a new one installed. On the downside, it's a $60 bill every 4 months for ever...
    I looked into Tankless units, but they still carried a price premium at that point. Maybe that has changed.
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    Put a drain pain under it and a drain line from the pan to the outside on the new one. I write up homes almost every week with WH in the house with no drain pans. Just a flood waiting to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    I dunno what they cost, but how about a tankless water heater?

    We really like ours, and the take up very little space, so you could gain some workshop/garage space at the same time
    We looked at replacing ours with tankless. Like for like we were looking at around $600. Tankless was near $3,000! The tankless was 3 times as much plus they would need to run a new, larger, gas line because of the need for a higher flow to the tankless.
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    We had a less than two year old GE water heater go bad and flooded our downstairs, which is 75% finished. It was still under warranty but neither the dealer or GE would even talk about it. Short of calling my cousin in Chicago or a lawsuit, I gave up and got a high-efficiency Marathon from our electric company. We now pay $11.00 month for the lease. I know that over time we will pay more than the tank costs but they absorb all costs if something goes wrong. And, already, one element went bad and they fixed pronto. The tank is all plastic so shouldn't ever corrode through and flood us again. Plus, cost of operation is negligible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Hi,

    You ask, "What is the advantage of hot water tank in the garage?"

    Jim
    You definitely need it in a more convenient location as it is in my house... inside the master bedroom closet...
    We live in a doublewide modular and some engineer had an empty space behind the furnace which is in the breakfast area, so he stuck the hot water tank there.. access is through the master bedroom closet. That way when the tank burst or leaks, you can get all of your shirts and jeans washed and the carpet too.

    I think they put the water tank in before they put the two halves of the house together..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    Put a drain pain under it and a drain line from the pan to the outside on the new one. I write up homes almost every week with WH in the house with no drain pans. Just a flood waiting to happen.
    If it's not already, make sure the new one goes up on a stand as well. These are usually 18" tall, but keep the tank from igniting any fumes that may be lingering since it's in an area that may have fumes accumulate (from finishing products or gasoline). I've seen these with the pan built in also.
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