Friday, April 27, 2007
Getting in Hot Water
Aggravation-resilience time again! Arrrrrrrrgh!
1000…999…998…997…996…995……phew. Counting backwards from 1000 is one way I calm myself and stop cycling the negative thoughts.
The new "high recovery termo-tanque" (hot water heater) was thus supplemented by several fillings of one blue tea kettle, one Revere saucepan, one Revere Dutch oven, and a large pasta pot.
994…993…992…Dang it. I just want a nice hot bath without having to EARN it!
Tank plus installation ate up nearly a month's rent, and it was supposed to solve the constant hot water outages due to the old "calefactor," a sort of primitive instant-hot water wall unit that only worked after we installed a pump to increase the water pressure. Alas lime deposits constantly clogged it, and we resorted to the tea kettle for preparing dish water too.
991…990…989…at least now we do have a reliable supply of hot dishwater. But the 30 liter (8-gallon) tank, which purportedly is the best available here, just ain't gonna fill up a 40-gallon tub fast enough. The first gallons get cold in an unheated bathroom (in a poorly heated, uninsulated brick house) before the final gallons can pour in.
988. . 987. Well, at least I won’t be wasting much time or water with baths any more. Or showers. . . because an 8-gallon shower is gonna be pretty short.
986. I can take pride in living greener, using of our precious water resources and less gas to heat it! Go ahead, export that unused gas to Chile!
985. Aggravation gone. Next?