A propane related post Propane Install
So the LP installer was going to charge me $5 a ft for the 3/4 black iron pipe so I bought and installed the long runs myself and he did the connections. It probably cost me around $1 a ft to do it myself and I bought extra fittings which he was willing to use and save me a lot of money doing. Prior to, the propane installer told me to use a pipe compound called "Blue Magic". I'd never heard of it before. They also don't sell it at Lowes and I doubt Home Depot sells it either. I found a distributor house though that does and I bought a pint for $15, ouch. Supposedly the reason its better than the #5 stuff they sell at Lowes is that Blue Magic has teflon in it. Either way, it worked great, when the installer pressure tested the lines, we had no problems. Also, if you're running propane pipes yourself, dont worry about over tightening. He said I couldnt over tighten them with my 8" pipe wrench, he said if I had a 2 ft pipe wrench, he might be worried Bosch 1600H LP Tankless Water Heater
Works great for 1 thing at a time. My showers are plenty hot. I did have an issue though. Showers these days come with an anti-scald device which is utilitized by balancing cold and hot water. At first, the shower wasn't hot enough. I thought it was a problem with the anti-scald device. Alot of people on the web I found had this problem. However, after some tooling around, I took off the handle water regulator and fixed it myself, which i was very proud of figuring out. [ add picture later to show what I mean ] For a while before I figured it out, I thought I had made a big mistake buying a tankless because they dont sell shower valves anymore without the anti-scald regulators.
[addendum] Maine Rhino asked me about the low flow regulator on the shower head. I actually removed that because with the low flow washer intially in there, the pressure was too low to turn on the water heater.
The propane is never on unless the heater is on. But on another note, there was one problem. The 3/4" pex that runs over to my kitchen sink all around the walls takes about 1 minute to warm up. If I had thought ahead and run an insulated pex line under the slab to the kitchen sink, the water would be hotter much faster. I'm not saying I cant
do that, but cutting into the slab is a pain. But, I may be able to cut a 1/2" channel into the slab floor over to the sink. That comes with the risk of weakening the slab though for a small section, but it may be worth it. 1 minute is a long wait.Empire LP Heater
I think I mentioned I bought an Empire RH-35 heater on Craigslist for $160 used. It works great, unfortunately, unlike my other 2 LP appliances, it needs a pilot light but doesnt require power which is good in an outage. It does 33k BTU. I'm going to start testing it out soon to see how it does at night. The thermostat on it is terrible, its a dial with a 1 through 10 on it. So I have to basically test it to figure out what means what Misc
I bought a plugin 'Kidde' Carbon Monoxide & Propane leak detector. It was expensive but I heard some scary shit about CO and we all know how dangerous LP is so I figured its something you dont want to scimp on.
I also had to buy a pin for my backhoe tooth that fell out and some starter fluid for cold weather. I need to lube it for winter as well. Backhoe is working great though. 1 repair for $85 in a year and a half after 200 hrs of usage. Can't beat that.
Thats it for now though, I'm tiling the shower this week. I will have pics of that when its done.