Oct. 21st, 2008 12:47 pm
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Well, the waterfall in the kitchen has been contained, for (just) less than $500 dollars. Apparently, due to the age of the pipes (and the fact that we'd been using Draino on them to clear clogging) the pipes were going to go at some point, and they just happened to go yesterday morning.

Unfortunately, we were also informed that we're going to have to replace our hot water heater. The guy quoted us a price of $960, which included the price of the new water heater (a better model than the Sears model that we currently have), the installation cost, and the cost to remove the old one. I have no idea if that's a good price or not. One of the things that I'm going to be doing today is looking at the cost of water heaters, and see if that seems like a reasonable price.

But I'd be elated if we could avoid having any other of our household appliances or systems break down for a while.

On lighter news (literally), as I was putting clothes back in the closet last night (the access panel for the tub plumbing is in the back of our bedroom closet), I decided to try on an old sports coat that I'd been wearing a lot around the time Alyse and I got married. I hadn't been able to wear it for a while, since I'd gained a lot of weight, but I've been losing weight over the last few months. And lo and behold, it fit! Might still be just a touch tight, but it's certainly within the realm of wearable. And I'm still working on losing weight, so it will certainly be wearable again.

It's not that I want to wear that sports coat a lot... But it's a physical confirmation of the fact that I AM losing weight, which is a really cool thing.

Date: 2008-10-21 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Two Things:

1) When I had a hot water heater installed in the house in Colorado (like 7 years ago) it was $500 installed for a 50 gallon one. Just FYI. YMMV.

2) Wouldn't Dr. Horrible's buddy - Moist - have been a better icon for this post?

Date: 2008-10-21 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It seems to me that a lot of places offer installation on water heaters... and places like Lowes or Home Despot might be more reasonable.

This website seems to think $960 might or might not be reasonable, depending on your options:

Date: 2008-10-21 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
50 gallon water heater in addison, around 6 years ago - 500. Sounds like you might ant a second opinion.

Date: 2008-10-21 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That quote seems high to me by 40% at least. But this is CA and I don't know the difference that it might be there.

Date: 2008-10-21 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That quote is lower than what my old bosses paid two years ago for a new water heater, but that was in Seattle, so who knows. Sorry your house stuff is sucktastic right now. At least you're getting it all out of the way at once!

Date: 2008-10-22 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations on the weight loss progress!

Date: 2008-10-22 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you've got to replace your water heater, I really recommend getting a tankless. Mine cost a bajillion dollars but I was changing from gas to electric AND putting in a much larger unit than most people (nudge nudge). It'll be more expensive to install than a tank heater, but it'll save you a crazy amount of money on your gas bill.

There are some odd things about tankless heaters, but it's an easy adjustment. It takes a little longer for the hot water to get to the tap, and most of them have a flow regulator which means that there are some odd things that can happen depending on the amount of water flowing through the pipe.

Date: 2008-10-22 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I actually looked at that yesterday too. Unfortunately, it's probably not doable. It requires an outside concrete wall, at least 4 feet from any existing door or window. We would have to remodel the entire basement to get that space, which would take more money than we would likely save during the life of the tankless heater.

We may eventually remodel the basement, but that is neither currently in the budget, nor in the timeline that we're looking at needing to replace the water heater in.

Date: 2008-10-23 08:53 pm (UTC)
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our new hot water heater was $350, my friend Jack installed for $50 and the local junk yard will take them for $25 so ours was $425 - but our hot water heater is on the main floor not in a basement as I guess yours is. And you probally don't have a Jack.

Date: 2008-10-23 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
we had a quote for a new one a few years back, installed and old one removed 40 gal gas-heater--approx $800.

Date: 2008-10-23 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congrats on jacket-- love it the "oh it fits!" feeling.


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