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Old 12-21-2011, 08:58 AM   #1
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Ok,

We are fixing up a house that was stripped (foreclosure) and will be reinstalling the water heater. The water is supplied by a well. I have not really had a chance to get into the plumbing (we will be closing on the house in a few days).

But I was wondering about the stub outs where the water heater was.

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There are three pipes coming out of the wall above where it appears the water heater was as what looks to be a drain line down at the floor. There also appears to be a copper ground wire coming out with the wiring for the heater where the left hand pipe is( I will be rerouting the wiring!).

So I am a bit puzzled why there are three pipes for the water heater. Any ideas how this was originally set up?

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It might have had a hot water circulation system.....if it is a big house....you would want it.

Was it the prev owners who stripped it or did someone break in and strip out everything?

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Thanks, I didn't think of a hot water recirculating system. It's not a big house, but one bathroom is a fair distance from the heater. I will take a look and see if there is a bypass valve mounted in that bathroom.

Not sure who stripped the house, I suspect the last owner or tenants since there is no evidence of a break in. It's funny, they took the air handler for the AC / heat from inside the house, but left the condenser mounted outside.

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ddawg16,

Thanks, I didn't think of a hot water recirculating system. It's not a big house, but one bathroom is a fair distance from the heater. I will take a look and see if there is a bypass valve mounted in that bathroom.

Not sure who stripped the house, I suspect the last owner or tenants since there is no evidence of a break in. It's funny, they took the air handler for the AC / heat from inside the house, but left the condenser mounted outside.

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the one in the middle could have been for the relief valve to connect to. thats the way they did them when i was in fla. do you know where the water main enters the house? do you have a meter pit? I have also seen places where the 3rd line was the main coming into the house but not as often as the relief valve in the middle. the drain at the floor was probably for the pan under the water heater.
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Hot on the left...Cold on the right...middle is RELIEF from the HWH tank and tube drain the tank sits in the controls for the heatr face out so when you slide one in it is ptreety staright foward..find out where that middle vents off to has to thread into the unit mounted relief with the heater...need a disconnect to run that 208V into and mount it off to the side..then ou to the heater for code..
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I would open up the wall around the pipes and the electric cable. You will probably have to install a junction box to repair the electric. Replace with a plywood panel when you are done. The ground wire could be the bond to the electrical panel.

To identify pipes:
Turn the water supply on for a second to identify the cold supply.
Get an air compressor and blow into the pipes with a hot water faucet open to identify the hot. The third pipe could be the drain for the T/P valve or it could be the cold supply to the rest of the hose. A few tries with the compressor will tell.
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OK, the line for the relief makes sense. There is no meter pit since it is a well. Yes, I will be taking the wall down, I don't know that a junction box will be need for the power supply. The main breaker box is just to the right out of the picture, so it will be easy to see what's up once I get into it.

Thanks for all the help guys. We should close any day and I am getting a head start on the things I will need to tackle first to set up camp and work on the rest.

This place is great and I am sure I will be asking plenty more questions.

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just a thought on that disconnect if its that close off the CB panel
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OK, the line for the relief makes sense. There is no meter pit since it is a well. Yes, I will be taking the wall down, I don't know that a junction box will be need for the power supply. The main breaker box is just to the right out of the picture, so it will be easy to see what's up once I get into it.

Thanks for all the help guys. We should close any day and I am getting a head start on the things I will need to tackle first to set up camp and work on the rest.

This place is great and I am sure I will be asking plenty more questions.


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