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  1. rickst29

    What does Toto mean by "close coupled" ?

    Does this mean that the distance, from a line between the two seat bolt holes and the tank, is shorter than the distance on other models, or something else? Thanks in advance.
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    AC Refrigerant lines: Braze or Solder?

    There *is* a solder which works great.... but you will not find it in an orange or blue/white "big box" store. The problems with plumbing solder are: #1, the joints are too weak; and #2, it can't handle the stresses and vibration which A/C lines experience. Stay-Brite-8, however, does a...
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    Water Heater Questions

    Don't forget! Code (and safety) probably REQUIRES some kind of base. I don't know the exact code requirements of your Province/City, or even your Nation. But in the USA, gas fired burners and pilot lights must be installed at least 18" above garage and basement concrete floors, and I'll bet...
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    "Traditional" BW, or "Condensing" BW, or "Condensing" American?

    Agreed. I'll ask DW about pulling the trigger tonight. Yep, I'm using the actual therms, not the total dollars in the bill, then working backwards into a water heater "cost of use". But the killer issue is filling the tub, I've got to have a much higher 1st hour and recovery rates. Now-- as...
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    Flex lines - code?

    CA requires both strapping AND flex lines. And in my nearby location, Reno NV, it's the same. (We get earthquakes too.) The flex-line final, with a bend and a few extra inches of length, keeps the gas supply connections at and inside the WH from cracking up if the water heater, or the pipe, move...
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    120F not hot enough?

    Here's what I think.... and the really funny thing is about this is, I think EVERYONE is correct in nearly ALL of the previous posts! First, I agree with others who have labeled Marc Edward's claim (quoted in post #1), as absolute hooey. The phrase "water-born outbreaks" means multiple cases...
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    "Traditional" BW, or "Condensing" BW, or "Condensing" American?

    One interesting difference between the two condensing units... The shipping weight of the big-tanked, glass/ceramic lined BW unit is 570 lbs. (The lengthy heat transfer/condensing coil adds a lot of surface area, and it has to be lined on both sides. That's why it's 200 lbs more than the...
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    "Traditional" BW, or "Condensing" BW, or "Condensing" American?

    answers for questions above (from HJ and R.W.Bison in #1 and #2) OOPS! I left a typo up there which seems to have misled HJ badly. I'm writing this as a combined reply, because both posts are with respect to that key issue: the actual difference in annual saving figures. I mistakenly said that...
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    "Traditional" BW, or "Condensing" BW, or "Condensing" American?

    I'll be needing a new natural gas water heater, due to installation of an 85 gallon whirlpool/spa bathtub. I'd love to hear your opinions about four alternative models which I'm looking at. There are two "special factors" at my location, which might effect your recommendations: 1) altitude 5200...
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