Plumbing, with no end in sight

Plumbing is taking me much longer than I expected. I’m making it seems like 2-3 trips a day to various hardware stores (not to mention daily Amazon shipments) rounding up the various hoses, fittings and do-dads to get the plumbing in place. I’m making progress though, installing the Eccotemp propane water heater, finishing the heater exterior compartment roof, access doors and flashing:

Water heater shown mid-install. I'm using Sharkbite fittings which certainly speed up the connections vs. sweating copper
Water heater shown mid-install. I’m using Sharkbite fittings which certainly speed up the connections vs. sweating copper
Finished compartment, just needs a splash o' paint and a door lock
Finished compartment, just needs a splash o’ paint and a door lock

I still need to hook up the water pump to the tank and water heater lines, then test everything to make sure it works. When that’s done, I’ll move back inside to finish the shower stall and plumbing, then the sinks, then the toilet…

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4 thoughts on “Plumbing, with no end in sight

  1. Is that an Eco-temp L10? I’m in the process, a very difficult one I might add, of deciding which tankless to go with. I originally saw the L10 and loved the size and price and literally envisioned a cabinet like yours. However, I contacted the company and sent them a picture of what I planned and here was their response:

    “L10 is an outdoor designed unit and cannot be installed indoors because this does not have any extended vent support. Its only vent is at the top of the unit. Installing this unit in a well-ventilated utility is fine however we still do not recommend it. You mentioned that it is made of sheet metal and this unit is powered by liquid propane or natural gas which would definitely create hot atmosphere just like in your regular cooking stoves. This may cause overheating and damage the unit that is why we recommend it to installed only outdoors since that what it was designed for. It is once again not recommended to mount indoors because of the exhaust gasses even though you have an open top. This is also part of the unit’s safety precautions plus it may affect its performance and may cause an intermittent functionality which has been proven so may times.”

    So, I’m wondering if/how you solved the potential issue of overheating or even considered it. Were you able to contact the folks at eco-temp and get a solution? I know you sometimes get different (read opposite) answers from support people and sometimes in the same day. Then, as if to add insult to injury, today as I was trying to finalize a decision on this applause, I read page 2 of the manual only to see this:

    “PLEASE NOTE: THIS MODEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED NOR HAS IT BEEN TESTED FOR ANY PERMANENT INSTALLATIONS. THIS MODEL IS PART OF OUR PORTABLE SERIES AND NEEDS TO BE TAKEN DOWN AND STORED IN A WARM DRY PLACE AFTER EVERY USE.”

    Really? Is this legit or just CYA. I’m quite exasperated after spending 5 hours today reading manuals, watching videos, and forms and reviews for just about every Tiny house friendly unit. I’d love to hear more on your specific decision for buying this unit and the specifics of the install and safety measures.

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    1. The main reasons I picked the L10 is that it has a piezo electric igniter that is battery powered (not 120VAC) and had better reviews and was cheaper than a similar Bosch unit. I also contacted Tech Support at Eccotemp to ask about putting it in a utility closed – while they didn’t recommend it they said it was better than letting it stay out in the rain. So it may be CYA, but I am also concerned about the unit cutting out from overheating. I’m planning on rebuilding my utility shed to create a lot more clearance around the L10 and I plan on adding more big vents to prevent overheating. It will get intermittent use (my water tank has 14 minutes of shower water!) so we’ll see if overheating becomes an issue.

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