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29 Mar 2014 

Less is More

the population grows and we are using more resources, it seems that there has
been a huge “green” movement going on. 
People are trying to produce less waste, recycle more, and use different
types appliances that save energy or conserve water.  We have purchased some new appliances and my
wife insisted on getting some that were more efficient to save us money and
help conserve energy as a whole.  I
really don’t mind, just as long as they get the job done.  One particular innovation that has caught my
interest is the tankless water heater.

far back as I can remember, the water heaters we had in all of our homes had
some sort of tank that would store the heated water.  It is what we have now, but from what I have
learned and read, I think I may want to get a tankless water heater in the
future.  In a normal water heater, the
water sits in the tank and needs to be heated every time it falls beneath a
certain temperature.  With a tankless
water heater, the water is heated as it passes through the pipes in the unit,
eliminating the use for a storage tank.

have been times when our children have been home for the holidays and too many
people needed to take showers.  By the
time some of the last people are getting around to take their showers, the hot
water has run out.  With a tankless water
heater, this problem is eliminated!  Since
the cold water is heated as it passes through the unit, hot water is always
available so that no one will have to take a cold shower.  If a dishwasher and a clothes washer are
running at the same time that someone is in the shower, however, the water may
not be heated as quickly as it needs to be.

initial cost of a tankless water heater is much more than a regular water
heater, but they last around 5-10 years longer! 
Since there isn’t water sitting in the tank, there isn’t as much of an
opportunity for mineral build up in the unit as can be found in the tank of a
regular water heater.  This build up in a
regular water heater can cause corrosion which will in turn cause the tank to

benefit of the tankless water heater is the fact that if there happens to be a
leak, there won’t be 40 or 50 gallons of water spread throughout the area where
the water heater is stored.  We had a
water heater that did that once and it was a very frustrating situation.  We had to lift up carpet so that it could dry
and some of our storage boxes (which were cardboard) were ruined along with
some of their contents.  Since a tankless
water heater doesn’t have to keep 40-50 gallons of water heated at all times,
it requires less energy to operate and helps the owner of it to contribute to
the “green” movement.

WSmith · 75 views · Leave a comment
14 Mar 2014 

Commercial vs. Residential

When it comes to products in
plumbing and other related fields, there are parts designed for residential
applications and other parts designed for commercial applications.  I used to think that it was an unnecessary
thing to do, until I really stopped to think about it.  For example, think about a bathroom in
someone’s home, as compared to a public bathroom in a restaurant or a
mall.  In the home you are more likely to
find only one toilet per bathroom, most faucets in them are lever type faucets
that you can control the flow and temperature of the water, and most have a
bathtub, shower, or a combination of the two.

Then compare that to a
bathroom in a mall.  When you walk into
to the Men’s bathroom, for example, you will usually see two or more urinals,
and then a lot more toilets, all separated by stalls.  There are usually two or more sinks with
automatic faucets installed on them.  The
faucets will only turn on if you place your hands under them.  Many of the toilets also have an automatic
flushing system.  When dealing with a
public bathroom, it makes sense to make almost everything automated.  It helps decrease waste of water, paper
towels, and soap.  It also eliminates
human waste products from sitting in the urinal or other toilet for extended
periods of time.

It would be rare to find a
urinal in a residential bathroom or a toilet that has an automatic flushing
system installed.  I personally do not
like automatic faucets and wouldn’t want one installed in my bathroom.  They seem to take a while longer to turn on
than a regular faucet and once it starts working, the pressure is so great
sometimes that the water sprays everywhere. 
Not to mention the fact that if you don’t have your hands in the right
place, the water will shut off before you are done washing off the soap.  There have been times, though, when our
grandkids have left the faucet running, that I wish we had an automatic
faucet.  I would think this is the reason
that commercial establishments have these types of faucets.

Other commercial products are
useful and needed in places like restaurants that aren’t really necessary in someone’s
home.  When working in a kitchen at a
restaurant, for example, one of the many duties is being a dishwasher.  At the busy times and on the busy days,
dishwashers have to deal with large amounts of dishes.  These dishes need to be rinsed somewhere before
they actually go through the dishwasher. 
There also needs to be a place where the dirty dishes can be set down so
that they are separate from the clean dishes. 
Big commercial stainless sinks were designed for the purpose and do not
look out of place in a restaurant kitchen. 
If you had one inside of a residential kitchen, however, it would look a
little strange.  It would give the kitchen
a restaurant feel, instead of the peaceful, relaxing feel that a normal kitchen
would give.

even though it may not seem necessary to have different types of products for
these two different applications, when you really think about it, you can see
the need for the separation.

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