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Old 09-06-2017, 12:46 PM   #261
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run that thru a copper/brass towel bar...
Ohhh.... I wish you would have suggested that before all that wire was buried under the tile!! Great idea!
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:04 PM   #262
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JD, I cannot see where the shower drain has a problem as you say. Can you explain? Fine looking job and nice to get some things accomplished that you wanted to.
Thank you John! I was kind of hoping nobody would ask about the drain....

The short story... I had planned a typical shower installation and drain using a membrane over the mortar base (under the tiles). However.... I ran into a vertical space problem. I could not go up as the shortest glass shower 'walls' that I could find were 72" and I could not go down as the shower sits right over a whole bunch of air conditioning equipment. I was going to remove that air conditioning equipment but have recently been reconsidering that plan - so it remains.

Real plumbers should stop reading at this point....

I ended up creating a "gutter" style drain using a length of 1" PVC cut in half (length wise) and embedded it in a trough in the mortar base. The mortar base was then waterproofed with a sealant/paint (AquaDefense) and the PVC gutter drain embedded in this waterproofing. The tile is installed over the PVC edges further locking it in place. The PVC returns to an uncut pipe in the shower curb and flows out the side (along the wall) where it drops down thru the floor, thru a p-trap, and then into the tank.

My fear is that there may eventually be some leaking around that PVC pipe/gutter. I am hoping I will notice when that happens - well before all the wood is rotted and damage is done. Maybe by then I'll have decided what to do with the air conditioning equipment.
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:36 PM   #263
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The waterless shower now has water! YAY!

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Old 09-11-2017, 06:18 PM   #264
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Thank you JD for the above shower drain explanation.

Sometimes one has to improvise right?

haha Well done and congrats on the water flowing. Does it run away ok?

I can just see it now a parade of women using the shower, great bait!

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Old 09-12-2017, 02:06 PM   #265
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Up until a couple weeks ago, I had been using a Wagan ProLine 5000 watt modified sine wave inverter. It worked fine. However; the internal cooling fan constantly cycled on and off - regardless of the amount of work it was doing. This really drove me crazy. Have I previously mentioned that I dislike man-made noise?? If not, it is true - I really, really don't care for it.

More problematic, the TruWave induction cooktop would not work with this modified sine wave and the Samsung refrigerator made a bit more noise. That was all enough to motivate me to switch to a true/pure sine wave inverter.

I decided I wanted a*Go Power! GP-SW3000-24. This is a 3000 watt, 24 volt pure sine wave inverter. Less total power output but I could afford the reduction.

In spite of the Go Power! Inverter having a lower total output, it is a physically larger unit. Thankfully, I had the necessary space and installation was pretty simple. A little re-wiring was required due to different wire lengths but nothing difficult.



So far, I am happy with it. It runs nearly silent, the cooktop works, and the refrigerator seems happy.

I was organizing my basement the other day and I heard a very slight hum that I had not heard before. I started looking around and found that it was the cooling fan on the Go Power! Inverter. That was the first time I heard it in more than a week (of hot temperatures) and it was only audible when sitting right next to it. VERY nice!!

I LOVE QUIET!!
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Old 09-12-2017, 03:14 PM   #266
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:58 AM   #267
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Sometimes one has to improvise right?
That is for sure!! If the conversion goes according to plan... well... that would just be weird!

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Does it run away ok?
Not enough data yet, I'm afraid. I've been catching the 'test' water in a bucket as I didn't have all the grout done. Now the grout is done but the grout sealer says to give it 72 hours. So, very soon we'll know...

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I can just see it now a parade of women using the shower, great bait!
Hmmm.... I'm not sure if this is a good thing or bad... A bunch of dirty women hanging around....
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:11 AM   #268
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Does it run away ok?
Alrighty - did some testing. I'm parked on a fairly level spot right now and the water 'gutter' drain works just fine. I can see that I'll have issues if parked front end up - kind of expected.
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Back out to the big scary forest. A tad bit cool up at 8000' at night but, after a hot summer, I'm sure not complaining!



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Back out to the big scary forest. A tad bit cool up at 8000' at night but, after a hot summer, I'm sure not complaining!
I doubt that first part but then I woke up to 24 in Denali and didn't have a problem with it once I got moving.

You have a habit of finding nice mountains to park under. You need to go buy yourself a drone. FYI, the last set of pics was enough to make me go and grill the local RC guru here at work. Looks like about $500 for a proper setup (used). About $900 new. Since the RC club guys are always upgrading their toys to the latest and greatest, I can get used fairly easy. I just need to set a play date with him so I can go out and talk to the RC guys and see who has what for sale. $500 to spare might be the longer wait tho.
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