[Spridgets] REALLY OT - plumbing question

Rick Fisk refisk at chartermi.net
Fri Dec 28 15:34:49 MST 2012

How old is the water heater?  White stuff coming out of the drain sounds like
it's clogged up internally with calcium deposits.  Unfortunately the best fix
is probably a new water heater.  :-(


Sent from my keyboard

On Dec 28, 2012, at 2:44 PM, Rick Bastedo <rbastedo at gmail.com> wrote:

> As a few of you may know I have been remodeling / rebuilding the bathroom
> in my 86 year old home - since July.
> Ok, I am not fast. Granted.
> This has been a weekends only job for the most part and has included
> rebuilding the superstructure as well as the internal workings.
> Yesterday I connected the hot and cold supplies and the drain to our new
> shower alcove, which is now about 90% finished.
> I ran both lines open into a 5 gallon bucket before connecting and noticed
> I have a lot less pressure on the hot side that I have on the cold side.
> I also see this at the kitchen sink and the bathroom vanity.
> This home is all electric so I have the big 50 gallon hot water tank
> located between the bath and the kitchen.
> Last August I attached a hose to the bottom of the tank and drained it and
> saw a lot of white material draining out with the water.
> Could the pressure problem be due to having deposits in the tank or at the
> output side of the tank? If so how do I fix this?
> Is there something else I could try or examine to find the cause of this
> problem?
> It's such a simple system I really don't see a lot that could go wrong
> Of course I have a combination of newer copper pipes and older steel pipes,
> and I know the steel could be getting rusty inside, however the cold supply
> to the new shower is steel and has full pressure.
> Thanks, this group is the most knowledgeable group I know of so that is why
> I am asking the question here.
> BTW my Midget is back on the road after BillM sent me a replacement drive
> shaft with all new replaceable U-joints. My Datsun shaft finally hit end of
> life.
> Rick (Need More Power - er Pressure) Bastedo
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