We finally got it

Today, after being delayed for … two months? … more? … I was able to pick up the replacement hot water tank.

The current hot water tank is still working. There is no longer a puddle under it, though there is a scale build up along the seam of the bottom cap. It must be a small enough leak that leaving the panel off is allowing for evaporation to keep it from actually puddling anymore.

I went to a different town to get it; one we don’t normally go to. In fact, I’d forgotten the franchise the tank is from even had a location there. The location we’d picked up the last tank from has gone full mask nazi and doesn’t even allow the Mingle Mask or shields. I’d heard this town has been more sane. I phoned first, to make sure they had one in stock available for a warranty replacement. It took a while; I got the impression they don’t get warranty replacements very often! 😀

Once that was all figured out and I said I could be there this afternoon, I mentioned that I am medically exempt from wearing a mask. The guy I was talking to said that would be no problem, and that there were quite a few people in town that were also exempt, adding that it wasn’t their job to police people over it. That was very reassuring. When I got there, I walked in, everyone else was masked up, but no one said a thing. It was so nice to not be given a hard time or have to justify myself!

Once the paperwork was done, I drove over to one of their buildings in the back to pick it up. I got to chat with a really nice and interesting young man who loaded it into the van for me. He’d had me back right into the building, so when I got out, I found myself surrounded by stacks of plywood, which reminded me we need a couple of sheets to make a floor for the trailer frame my brother found tires for. I asked how much a sheet of 3/4″ plywood cost, and he got someone on the radio to find a price for me. It turned out to be about $145 for a single sheet! That’s just for the rough stuff. He told me the type that are smooth on both sides is actually a bit cheaper. !! My husband and price checked in the city, at a different franchise, and they were about $85 a sheet.

When my daughters worked for that particular franchise, before we moved, a sheet cost about $35.

Not only have prices gone through the roof, but supply is really low. He told me of people driving across three provinces to get the supplies they needed, because nothing was available closer!

It makes me wonder just how much more it would cost to replace our roof at this point. When we got the estimates, they were both just under $9000. Assuming that they would find damage under certain areas, for which both companies charged by the square foot to repair, we figured $10,000 was a reasonable expectation for the final amount. Of course, we don’t have that, and with so many unexpected bills over the past couple of years, saving up for it has been pretty much impossible. I hope that, by the time we do find the money, the supply issues will be resolved and prices will become more reasonable!

During the drive to and from this town, I noticed something interesting. This town is about a half hour’s drive north of us. Not that far. Yet, I could still see quite a few patches of snow that haven’t melted yet and – most encouraging of all – water! There were several ponds that were almost full, and even standing water in some ditches. It was nice to see that not everywhere is quite as dry as we are!

But I digress.

We have the new tank, and it awaits installation. After having the same thing happen to two new tanks, we’re tempted to keep using the leaking tank for a bit longer. Even if it’s just for the summer. I wouldn’t want to lose hot water in the winter again!

The Re-Farmer

5 thoughts on “We finally got it

  1. The “are you kidding” post’s picture shows the water heater a bit above ground. They make trays that fit under the tank. When the tray lip is higher than outside, a drain can be fitted to the tray to take the leaking water somewhere where it’s not going to make a mess.

    I’m guessing the piping to the water heater is old enough to be metal pipe. Ask the plumber about dielectric junctions.

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    • Yes; because this basement does not have weeping tile, it’s prone to developing puddles (at least it did, when we had normal precipitation), so the well pump, pressure pump and hot water tank are all on concrete that’s several inches higher than the rest of the floor.

      I had no idea such trays existed! No one I’ve talked to has even heard of tanks that leak like this (including two different plumbers).

      The pipes to and from the hot water tank are all copper. I believe the pipe from the pressure tank has even been replaced at least once.

      Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂


      • The pipe on the right that goes up looks like PEX, which is plastic and doesn’t need that dielectric junction.. I can’t tell if the copper pipe has the junction.

        Where does the white pipe on the side go down to? Water comes out that pipe in an “emergency”…such as happens if the temperature control does not turn off the heating element.

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      • Yes, the pipe on the side is the emergency release. It goes down the length of the tank, and is positioned so it is over the edge of the concrete riser the tank is on, so if it is ever triggered, the water will hit the floor below, and drain towards the sump pump.

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