COMMUNITY FORUM

LivDoug

09:30AM | 01/23/06
Member Since: 01/22/06
2 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I am currently having my master bathroom remodeled, and I have a 6ft whirlpool tub and a new spa shower with multiple shower heads and body jets.

Now what I am wondering is...I currently have a 40 gallon water heater that is only a few years old, and my plumber is recommending that I install a new 50 gallon tank to just the new tub, and leave the 40gal for the rest of the house....would that make sence? or would it be better to plumb them in series? It just seems like the extra capacity of running them in series would make more sence...but I am not a plumber...so please help me figure this out....thank you

snowonthe4thofjuly

06:33AM | 01/24/06
Member Since: 01/23/06
3 lifetime posts
Just my opinion here. I think to put them in "series" is not a good idea. Too many problems associated with that. If you think that a dedicated 50gal water heater for the tub/shower wouldn't be big enough, you could go bigger. Some of the new high efficiency water heaters (Marathon for example) will keep the water hot in the tank for a very long time without running constantly. A friend shut off his water heater for two weeks while on vacation, came home and still had hot water before he turned it back on. Your old 40 gallon would be plenty for the rest of the house. If there isn't a big list of reasons not to install a dedicated water heater for the master bath, then I don't see what it would hurt, unless it is your budget. But you would have to have another wiring circuit added, if you are using electric, plus the associated plumbing. Or you might want to just weigh the difference in cost of replacing your 40 gal with a much bigger high efficiency water heater.....

pugsathome

03:44AM | 01/25/06
Member Since: 01/22/04
46 lifetime posts
Another option to consider, especially if you use natural gas, is a tankless water heater. The newer units, even stocked by Home Depot/Lowes, are very efficient and will easily handle your master bath needs.

You won't need the space for a large tank. More initial expense, but you won't be paying to keep 40-50 gallons of hot water hot, whether you are ready to use or not.

Sylvan

01:47PM | 01/25/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Me_office1


If you have a large enough boiler you may consider a tankless coil or a Takagi Natural Gas water heater with no stand by losses.

The only draw back I consider when using any type of heater is the higher temperatures some of these devices generate and I not only install a Holby tempering valve for regular domestic water but I run a hotter direct line to the dish washer and washing machine to make sure that any bacteria is killed with over 140 degree temperature

You may also consider a pressure / temperature balancing valve for the shower and bath tub to protect family members for scalding hot water.

Adding another hot water tank is useless unless you get one that is strictly for storage and is taken off the existing boiler as separate zone and piped and wired in accordingly
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Having settled on a shape for the faucet, you must next decide on a finish. While polished chrome and brass are perennial ... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2