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    The 'Rep Locator' at fernco.com turned up the...

    The 'Rep Locator' at fernco.com turned up the following two contacts for NY. Not sure if they might be able to help at all....

    Altherm, Inc.
    Water & Sewer Plumbing
    Englewood, NJ
    Phone:...
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    If I'm understanding correctly, the green valve...

    If I'm understanding correctly, the green valve is the supply of cold water to the heater. If you close that valve, you will have no hot water at all ! Keep in mind that the recirculating loop is...
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    Are you sure that the pump is not pumping to the...

    Are you sure that the pump is not pumping to the right in the picture? Your "??? Water" pipe would typically be the return of the recirculating loop.
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    The linear coefficient of thermal expansion for...

    The linear coefficient of thermal expansion for ABS is 41e-6 in/inDegF. So, a 50 degF rise in temperature would cause a 10 ft length of ABS to expand about a quarter inch.

    Often, plastic drains...
  5. That doesn't make a lot of sense. He can still...

    That doesn't make a lot of sense. He can still get his own permit for his work. I'm sure the town will have no problem voiding (or changing) your existing permit if you explain the situation.
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    Well, 12 GA copper wire can safely carry 20 A. A...

    Well, 12 GA copper wire can safely carry 20 A. A copper pipe has a lot more cross sectional area than 12 GA wire. So, I'm figuring it would need to be more than 20A to make the pipe hot to the touch....
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    The only way that a copper pipe could get hot...

    The only way that a copper pipe could get hot from electrical resistance heating is if a *lot* of current were flowing through it.
  8. Most likely, it is possible to repair the leak...

    Most likely, it is possible to repair the leak without a repipe. Do you know how old the water line is and what material it is made out of? (plastic, copper, galvanized steel pipe)

    The easiest...
  9. You wont damage the bladder unless / until you...

    You wont damage the bladder unless / until you significantly exceed the target pressure. A good bicycle pump should be able to exceed 100 psi with no trouble at all. The strokes should not be...
  10. A leakproof custom tile base is very possible,...

    A leakproof custom tile base is very possible, but does require a knowledgeable / skilled installer (who may be difficult to find). Personally, this is the route I would go for a large custom shower....
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    "a piping system can only supply as much as it's...

    "a piping system can only supply as much as it's smallest diameter allows through"

    No, it is not so simple. How much gas will flow through a given run of piping depends on lots of details. All...
  12. As others have stated, you cannot solve the...

    As others have stated, you cannot solve the low-volume problem with a tank in series.

    How many bathrooms do you have? Do you need to supply two simultaneous showers?

    How about a small tank...
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    In our location, the work of the "licensed...

    In our location, the work of the "licensed professionals" is almost never tested by the *city inspector*. The city inspector doesn't actually know the codes, and *assumes* that the *licensed...
  14. Definitely need to have a *good* landscaper take...

    Definitely need to have a *good* landscaper take care of the shrub (move / replant). The plumber is very likely to kill it. It is possible to save the shrub, but it needs to be done carefully by...
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    200 feet is a long way. How big is this house?...

    200 feet is a long way. How big is this house? How cold is your crawl space right now?

    If the hot water at the kitchen sink is only 105 after 8 minutes, that may indicate that a lot of heat is...
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    I don't understand the 8 minutes you are...

    I don't understand the 8 minutes you are reporting. Are you saying that it takes 8 minutes for the hot water to travel from the hot water heater to the kitchen faucet? This seems far too long for any...
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    It doesn't sound like you know how much propane...

    It doesn't sound like you know how much propane is being 'wasted' by the recirculation. What you know so far is that you are using more propane that you would like for hot water and cooktop (summer...
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    You should not have to 'work it out'. It is not...

    You should not have to 'work it out'. It is not that big of a deal (for him) to fix it properly. Give him two choices: fix it properly or he can forfeit the remaining 50% and walk away. Then you can...
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    Since your pipe is ABS, make sure you get an ABS...

    Since your pipe is ABS, make sure you get an ABS trap adaptor (not PVC) and use the proper cement. Yes, after the trap adaptor, the other connections can be slip joint.
  20. Those measurements do not really mean much....

    Those measurements do not really mean much. Static pressure is measured when there is no flow. 60 psi is fine for static pressure. What you care about is whether your piping can provide adequate flow...
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    Yes, that should be fine. Your 'horizontal'...

    Yes, that should be fine. Your 'horizontal' section should still have a small slope - you don't want water sitting there. Jim mentioned the downside of the extra pipe before the trap. Worst-case...
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    There is no minimum vertical distance between the...

    There is no minimum vertical distance between the drain in the sink and the start of the p-trap. Usually, the vertical section directly below the drain is needed to accommodate the pop-up drain...
  23. With a crawlspace, you usually choose between...

    With a crawlspace, you usually choose between heated & unheated. When insulating, you usually choose between walls & floor, but not both. If the walls are well insulated, and you have heat in the...
  24. The the temperature in an insulated crawlspace...

    The the temperature in an insulated crawlspace should (ideally) not drop below freezing. If it does, I would focus on improving the crawlspace insulation (especially stopping drafts), rather than...
  25. There are still valves with volume control. In...

    There are still valves with volume control. In delta, for example, the '13' and '14' series do not have volume control. The '17' and '17T' series do have volume control. The 'T' means 'thermostatic'...
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