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    Apprentice Plumber D'Brie's Avatar
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    Question Home Depot to sell Rinnai

    I was told this by another plumber working on the same jobsite I was on. Anyone hear same/anything?

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    Actually it is my understanding that they will probably special order anything you want...

    You are probably better off dealing with your regular supplier...
    Do you think smock man has a clue?

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    I think I know why they have that conveniently placed strap around their neck, RW!

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    It blows my mind that Home Depot, Lowes and the like even sell tankless water heaters.

    I am a do it yourself person like that majority of America, but when it comes to things that can explode ... time to call in the pros ...

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    Default Rinnai

    It would have to be a complete change in Rinnai's policy, because right now they will only sell to "registered installers" who have attended their seminars.

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    Default Actually........

    I ran into this last year when a customer bought his Rinnai off the internet auction site from an outfit in New Jersey. They sold him a larger model Rinnai that would give him more water flow than the smaller model. Unfortunately taking our groundwater temp here in PA this "larger model" will deliver the exact same flow as the smaller one, just use more gas to do it. That being said his price on the larger Rinnai was the same as my price for the smaller model number, but he also paid shipping and handling. IF you can find someone to sell you one anyone can BUY a Rinnai. However, and this is directly from Rinnai when I called them, the warranty is void if the unit is installed by anyone who is not a certified installer.

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    Talking the GREEN ENERGY BUBBLE is about to BUST...

    I get the feeling that most of the tankless
    brands of water heaters are almost crappin/ in their
    pants right now .....

    due to the total crash of oil prices in the last 4 months..

    with chepaer energy its going to take a lot longer for someone to re-coup their investment than at 145 a barell...


    my guess is they will be trying to unload their inventory any way that they can, before this energy bubble bursts too.... even at Home Depot

    look at what the price of the "corn grown fuel" ethanol is now sitting at....

    all these ethanol plants will eventually go bust...


    and I would guess that the tankless will be like the old
    solar panels some freinds of mine have stored in their garage since the 80s....

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    Natural gas is not a petroleum product, so there is little correlation between the price of oil and your gas utility bill.

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    I know my natural gas bill went up almost 20% last month ... from about $0.97 to $1.16 per therm.

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    I heard the same thing but from my wholesaler, and it was just a rumor he thought. Somebody has to know something

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    Funny you mention the ethanol bust. They were building two ethanol plants around here. They finished the first one and it is up and running. The second one went bankrupt before they finished it. Now it is just a half finished ghost site.

    A lot of small family owned business lost lots of money on labor and materials on that one.

    The gas utility here just lowered their rates though not nearly as much as they have raised them in the last year.

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