I have a newer 40 gal natural gas hot water tank. It puts out about
45 minutes of hot water for showers set at about 130 degrees
Farenheit. That equals about 1 shower for teenage daughter and 1/2 a
shower for me--forget about anybody else in the house! I have a low
flow showerhead (approx 2 gal/min). I read all the old postings, but
nobody talked about setting up a shut-off valve on an electronic
timer--there must be a way?
Mr Fixit eh
Sure, there are solenoid valves available that can be easily hooked into a
timer. Set it for a given time that counts down and WHAM! Cold water,
Used to have a teenaged daughter; I used to shut the hot water off myself
after a time. After a few times she learned how to shower in a reasonable
period of time or to wait until everyone else was done.
Try coaching her on how to turn on the shower.... My stepson used to suck down
all the hot water. I discovered that his way of turning on the shower was to
_completely_ open the hot water faucet, then add cold water till it was back
down to a comfortable level.
Also, from what you say, if the shower gives 45 minutes of hot water, and this
equals a shower for your daughter, and half a shower for you, the numbers are
saying your daughter is in the shower for 30 minutes???? I think I would tell
her she's got _10 minutes_ till you turn off the hot water, and go stand by the
What I would do is install a ball valve in their hot water supply -
dis-allowing long hot showers. Or I'd install on of those commercial shower
heads like the ones used in schools that allow something like a 1-cup per
minute "mist" type flow.
Take the pleasure out of showering and the showers will get shorter.
On 4 Feb 2004 08:24:07 -0800, email@example.com (Steve Nekias) wrote:
|I have a newer 40 gal natural gas hot water tank. It puts out about
|45 minutes of hot water for showers set at about 130 degrees
|Farenheit. That equals about 1 shower for teenage daughter and 1/2 a
|shower for me--forget about anybody else in the house! I have a low
|flow showerhead (approx 2 gal/min). I read all the old postings, but
|nobody talked about setting up a shut-off valve on an electronic
|timer--there must be a way?
Turn the heat up on the heater, so you use less hot, more cold for the same
temp. You can always turn it down in the summer.
Rex in Fort Worth
I agree that this is a social, not a mechanical problem, but to reinforce
the point, think about this: Sure there are timers that will activate a
solenoid to shut off water. That is how your washing machine and dishwasher
work. And the pay showers in campgrounds. But it requires electricity and
access to the pipes. Of course you only want this timer on the shower, so
you must have access to the pipes that supply water to the shower only. If
you are lucky, you might have access to this in your basement.
Otherwise, you will have to break down a wall by the shower to install the
solenoid and provide the electric power. And you need a way to activate the
timer. How would you do this? If you've spent thousands to install it in
your bathroom, OK, you can place a button there, but otherwise you would
have to get your daughter to go down to the basement and press a button to
start the hot water before taking her shower. And then you would have to do
the same thing when you before you took your shower.
It looks like the mechanical solution is too complicated. Perhaps a
conversation with your daughter might make more sense. BTW your water
utility might, for free (our does) provide you with a little waterproof
timer that you put on your shower wall. Press the button and it will start
an egg timer that will beep five minutes later, telling your daughter she
should finish up.
"Rex B" < snipped-for-privacy@REMOVEtxol.net> wrote in message
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