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Old 05-22-2012, 03:17 PM   #151
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If it is a "tankless/instant" type water heater, be sure it is rated/vented for interior use. Several are available and work great, but are for "outdoor use only" or absolutely must be properly vented to avoid annoying stuff like dying.
This is an "outdoor" model, but will be vented out the window. I didn't see any that were rated for indoor use that didn't cost less than $500.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:47 PM   #152
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Our experience with a specific brand of tankless. Haven't used any other.

We use an Eccotemp L5 LP outdoor vented tankless water heater in the food cart. It's not vented outside yet. Puts off a lot of heat.... keeps the uninsulated cart toasty warm in the winter. Filter incoming water with a sediment filter as a minimum (everyone should be using a sediment filter). You need a good strong water flow (faucet turned fully open) to kick the burner on. The water system on the cart uses a Shurflo 2088 (2,8gpm?) pump. I'm pretty sure it's a 2.8. If we had to replace the pump, we would replace with a 3gpm. Sometimes it does not kick the burner on and the faucet has to be turned off then turned right back on. I do not know if it is the water pressure, the fact the cart bounces down the road twice a day, altitude (3670 ft) or the peculiarities of either our particular water heater or tankless in general. I have read they are temperamental when it comes to altitudes over 3000 ft. David made an "executive decision" and we will not be using a tankless water heater (there goes any idea of a two hour long shower, darn it ). Based on our particular needs and lifestyle (current and anticipated future) we will be installing an electric (20 gallon) water heater for domestic water with a 3 gpm Shurflo 2088. I also intend on installing a top load washing machine and a dishwasher. We need the 3gpm and a reliable water heater. But remember, that is what we have decided is best for us. Our lifestyle and intended use of the bus is very different than many on this forum. It will not be a weekend playtoy. It is our home 24/7/365. That makes a big difference in what & how various appliances/material are chosen.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:12 PM   #153
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...<GRRRRRRR>...

Just got in from trying to install the "Allure Ultima" flooring. I've used the normal Allure before and really liked the ease of installation. When it went together, it was TOGETHER. There was no doubt it would not shift or move since it literally glued itself together. Sure it was a pain in that you had to be perfectly aligned and it was next to impossible to correct if you dropped it in place wrong. But my hallway floor is virtually seamless.

Not this "ultima" stuff... It is supposed to be waterproof, which is why I picked it over the regular stuff, which is only water resistant. But I'll be damned if I believe the "ultima" is waterproof. The boards themselves probably are waterproof, but the seams sure aren't!!! What's the point of having a waterproof board if the water leaks between the seams and gets to the floor beneath??? None of it seems to be lining up correctly, or leaving 1/16" gaps between the planks.

Maybe I just need to take a break for a while. This is really annoying me too much.
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Armstrong 12in x 12in Commercial Vinyl Tile (45-Pack)

Waterproof and durable. Easy to install. Survived 10+ years in a pop-up that was only in dirt/gravel campgrounds. Held up to 2 adults, 2 kids, 1 large dog & 1 cat. Only swept and mopped. Never waxed. Still looked great when we sold the pop-up. No loose tiles either. This is what we will be using. And it's fairly cheap.

We've looked at many of the flooring choices and feel this stuff is the best. Not the fanciest but really durable. I will cover it with throw rugs any way (throw rug - cheap rug that you throw away and replace with another cheap rug when it gets stained).
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I've installed a lot of that armstrong tile. It's good stuff - the color goes all the way through so you'd have to wear all the way through before it's trashed.
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:04 AM   #156
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How well does it handle slightly uneven surfaces? and is it easy to cut?
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It is easy to cut and install, I used it in my shop. However it does crack if the underlayment is uneven at the seams.
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it is good tile, but as mentioned, needs perfect underlayment if ya wanna have no cracks..
reminds me i have a few boxes of that stuff sitting around, not to mention 10 or so unopened boxes outside in the weeds somewhere of ceramic tile that i bought...
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I ended up taking the Allure Ultra back this week. After looking and pondering a bit longer, I decided to change tactics and purchased some of this:

TrafficMaster Allure 12 in. x 36 in. Ashlar Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring

This is the stuff that glues itself into one large monolithic sheet. I got about 3 rows installed tonight and think it will be just fine. When I have time I'll take some photos to post.
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Was feeling in a funny mood, so I pulled up my Netflix queue and found "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Brilliantly brain-dead movie made just to pay tribute to the Beatle's wonderful music. Loved it. Was just the frivolous sort of thing to end the evening.

I was surprised to see an awesome skoolie in it, though. Anyone remember this?


Maybe next year when I have more time, I'll add something like that to the top of my Beast.
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