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The end of an era

At 2am on Mother's Day Sunday, I noticed that our water heater was leaking. The previous owners of the house were inveterate DIYers and they had rigged it up to solar panels on the roof. The solar panels was no longer there when we moved in, but the complicated connections were.

To me it looks a tad...steampunk?

water heater before

I couldn't figure out how to turn off the water to the water heater. I woke up the OH and he couldn't either. (If you laugh at us now, please do so politely behind your hand, thank you.) We called a plumber out of the phone book, one of the ones with a half-page ad saying they offered 24 hour emergency service. A sleepy guy called us back five minutes later and instead of coming out and charging us an arm and a leg, told us how to turn off the water and the gas. We said we'd call him back later in the morning.

We called him back in the morning and left another voicemail. When he didn't return our call we called another plumbing company that we have worked with before, and set up an appointment for Monday. (We have a second water heater for our upstairs bathroom, also thanks to the former owners, so we didn't have to go without hot showers, although the shower upstairs is approximately the size of a postage stamp.)

They came out today and said the water heater was corroded beyond repair. So they installed this.

water heater after

The new one is certainly much tidier looking, but I kind of miss the drama of the old one. On the bright side, we still don't know what might come crawling out of that hole in the ceiling...

Oh, also: bonus cat picture:

cats in the sun


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 12th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Yes, I think "steampunk" is just the right description for that first picture.
May. 12th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Indeed, with the big dials and the copper piping & all.

And "cat picture" sure suits that last photo.
May. 12th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
If you ever replace the one for the bathroom, check out the tankless hot water heaters.
(For example:

Also, doing a google search for "hammapada" is fun. :)
May. 12th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
That original setup looked like something you'd find in a puzzle game!
May. 12th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I should submit it to the people who do those Mystery Case Files games.
May. 12th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
The new one looks nice! I light the brightness of the hoses.
May. 12th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
Me too!
May. 12th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Where did the shut-off valve turn out to be?
May. 12th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
It's visible in both pictures on the right, it looks like an outdoor faucet valve.
May. 12th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
those original pipes look very artistic.
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