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    DIY Handyman (not 4 hire)
    I have enough to do to my own house

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    White flag would of done well,

    but he just "threw in the towel"

    I made a great impression on him with the VIP tickets for the fireworks show...


    Free food, front row seats which was the best spot for watching them. Of course, I was feelin' a leeeeeeeeeetle guilty but that's okay. My hemmorhoids dragged for weeks pulling all that money Ahem* er, water heater up them steps out of the basement.


    "touches self to see if swelling went down"


    I'm back to normal!

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    I just installed a 50 Gal. State Electric 1 month ago... I hate state but the Price was free due to some one owing me so in went the State...maybe their Electrics aren't as bad as their gas models

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    Now your second problem, since you are going to install the "free" heater in someone else's home. The new heater is registered to someone else, AND it only has the remaining couple of years on its warranty. IF it goes bad within a six year period, AND the customer knows it is under warranty, YOU will be buying a "not free" water heater to replace it, and that one will have a full warranty to the homeowner, instead of the unexpired portion of the bad heater. You didn't have to 'splain anything. I just wanted to be sure I correctly understood that you had "taken" the customer. And I guess you had. I check the heater's age IMMEDIATELY to see if it is under warranty, not two days later, because it is in the recycle bin within a hour of removal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    Now your second problem, since you are going to install the "free" heater in someone else's home. The new heater is registered to someone else, AND it only has the remaining couple of years on its warranty. IF it goes bad within a six year period, AND the customer knows it is under warranty, YOU will be buying a "not free" water heater to replace it, and that one will have a full warranty to the homeowner, instead of the unexpired portion of the bad heater. You didn't have to 'splain anything. I just wanted to be sure I correctly understood that you had "taken" the customer. And I guess you had. I check the heater's age IMMEDIATELY to see if it is under warranty, not two days later, because it is in the recycle bin within a hour of removal.


    To hj, with love


    Gotta read my post above man! You even quoted me that I mentioned I installed it before I felt the need to put it in someone's home. I know how that warranty extension works.

    If it goes bad it goes bad, I need to drain it as well. Seems like I give advice about draining them and can't take my own.

    Something about that hot water make me all tingly and ****!
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    Our 30 gal gas was installed in 01 or 02. Will be replaced w/ a 40 gal gas within a year or so.

    A duplex my brother bought a few years ago came w/ a Water heater from the 70s. Still working, too! Of course, 2 years later it went out on him.

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    Not as old as my furnace was, that was 55 years old before it was replaced in 05. So, the water heater has got a long ways to go before it sees the scrap yard. My cat is 21. I guess, I like old stuff.

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    Talking Mondays Game plan ...pans under 5 HEATERS TODAY

    Today , we are changeing out a Rheem gas imperial
    that is almost 10 years old, and still under warranty by a month.. $*00

    Change out a 4 year old bradford white 50 gal electric $**0

    change out another electric water heater unknown age $***

    change out a whirlpool 40 gallon gas that is leaking...$***

    another whilrpool heater $***

    and their might be a wild card come in today I dont even know about yet

    All heaters that I install,

    I insist on a pan under the heater,
    I dont care it their is not a drain within 100 feet.

    5 years from now I am the S.O.B that did not offer them
    a pan and now the heater is pissing all over the carpet...
    and guess who they want to pay for the damages????..

    if they dont want the Therm exp tank,
    I cant force it on them., becasue LOWES installers
    do not install them

    but they will get a pan for an extra 30 bucks.


    it feels like a manly day and I have not left home yet...




    my 75 gallon gas bradford white is 4 years old.

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    If the system is closed it maybe a code requirement...I know here it is....

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    Talking only did 3 .....

    jinked the day right out of the gate bragging about
    how many I was going to do...

    2 cancelled,
    and one told me to go fu// myself for
    reasons unknown....... (i think I am glad he did)

    its all good


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    our house was built in 1990 the water heater is a 50 gallon ruud high recovery thats original to the house so that makes it 19 years old, my grandma had a 40 gallon ruud also from 1990 that worked up until just last september when her neighborhood flooded that was replaced with a bradford white , the overtaxed 50 gallon water heater in our apartment bldg is from 1996. all three of these places are on city water which comes from lake michigan.

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    Gusher, have you checked to see if the overtaxed 50 in your apartment from 1996 was one of the units that had a defective diptube?
    It could explain the "over taxed"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    Gusher, have you checked to see if the overtaxed 50 in your apartment from 1996 was one of the units that had a defective diptube?
    It could explain the "over taxed"
    well actually redwood its the only water heater serving 2 apts each with 1 bath 1 washer and kitchen with dishwasher plus the 1st floor store thats what i mean by overtaxed, though oddly it doesnt run out too often . I dont think the dip tube in this one is defective though i see it was manufactured at the end of that whole fiasco.

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    You could check the serial # against the list at this link.

    http://www.rustylayton.com/htmlxtra/diptube.html

    You are probably okay if you aren't running out though.

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    thanks redwood ille have to check the number when i go there next.

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