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Skinbad 1 — Water Heater 120 (degrees) May 8, 2006

Posted by skinbad in Personal Experiences.

I knew you were dying to know. It needs an earthquake strap, but damn, I bring you FIRE!  Also–first Innocent Bystander Official Endorsement Below: 


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When I was a young man, speaking frankly, I had compensation issues. When I had a plumbing job to do, I was all about the copper tubing–measure, cut, ream, wire brush, sand, flux, solder, and flame. The longer the pipe and the bigger the flame, the better I felt about myself. But age brings experience. It's not about the neighbors seeing me flaunt my lengths of rigid metal tubing any more. Now, all I need is the sweet satisfaction of getting from where I am, to where I need to be.

PEX. When you need to get from "here" to "there."

PEX: The official flexible plumbing tubing of Innocent Bystanders.


1. blogidaho - May 8, 2006

PEX Rocks.
In order of coolness:
1. PEX
2. Poly
3. Funny Pipe
4. PVC
5. Galvanized Metal Pipe.

2. BrewFan - May 8, 2006

What’s that thing hanging off the side of the water heater?

3. blogidaho - May 8, 2006

I’m thinking it’s a pressure tank of some sort, to even out the surges. We have a big one attached to our well.

I forgot to put copper tubing on my list between PVC and Galvanized.

4. skinbad - May 8, 2006

Yes. I think the locals call it an expansion tank. It has a pressure valve on the bottom so you can pump it up to match the water pressure in your system. Code requires them in this area.

5. Civetta - May 9, 2006


6. composmentis - November 15, 2006

My house was built in ’88. The builder used all copper for the water lines. Why is copper better than pvc? I know pvc is a pain because you have to prime and glue it, but to me, that’s still easier than sweating copper.

Is copper more efficient, because it heats up and the hot water doesn’t lose it’s temp as quickly?

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