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Jan. 31st, 2005 @ 03:37 pm The Vanishing Hot Water Mystery
Is Solved.

I figured it out last night in between rem cycles.
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Date:January 31st, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Thirsty Gnomes?

Kleptomaniac fish?
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Date:January 31st, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)

The Hot Water Line is Very Long

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So long that I made it loop back to the inlet side of the heater so I can put a pump inline and have the hot water constantly circling the house, sort of like a bus. The return from the very end makes a direct route back so the heat can be reclaimed, and I had put check valves in that I thought would stop the flow from reversing, but the are just flappers meant to stop heat transfer when you have no flow.

Since the inlet side of the water heater is also connected to the cold water, and since I was testing the furthest hot water faucet, it was actually a shorter route to bring cold water from the inlet side than from the hot water side. The loop is actually about 250 feet and water is lazy.

That was actually a thought that popped in my head while I watched the coffee maker drip, minus any Aliens. I bought a real check valve when I left the house this morning, stuck it in the line and it worked so well I gave all the dogs a bath and was halfway ready to fill one of the whirlpools just to see what they are like, LOL.
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Date:February 1st, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)

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And I was really counting on those kleptomaniac fish... oh well.

*heh, he said flapper*

(I don't even know 'er)