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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Logic Train Doesn’t Stop at the Water Heater

 


The Logic Train Doesn’t Stop at the Water Heater

This cranky re-run is from October 2013
Mrs. Cranky sometimes has some strange ideas.  Sometimes these ideas defy logic.  Sometimes I try and understand her.  Sometimes I am a jerk.

This morning was a cold day for September.  There was a chill in the old townhouse.  Mrs. C asked me,

“Could you go down to the basement and turn up the dial on the hot water heater?”

“Ah…ok…but why?”

“It’s so cold, I want hot water for my shower.”

“But the heater will heat the water to the same temperature regardless of what the outside temperature is.”

“Maybe, but not as fast, and I want hotter water on a cold day.”

“Well just turn up the nob in the shower, it is never on maximum.”

“I want the nob on twelve o’clock, not nine.”

It was at this point that I knew I was not going to get anywhere in this discussion. 

The logic-train does not stop at the water heater. 

I plodded on anyway.

“If the water temperature was to your satisfaction yesterday, it will be just as warm today.  If you turn the heater up, it will just provide the potential for a higher temperature, and it will really not heat up any faster.”

This comment was followed by a dissertation which talked of open doors, cold tile, steam, nozzle settings, and nob-clock positions none of which made any sense to me.  However, Cranky is getting smarter.  I nodded my head and went downstairs to turn up the hot water heater.

When I returned I just said,

“Sorry, I’m a jerk!”

19 comments:

  1. Did you really turn up the water heater?

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  2. Tell her it's a safety issue. It's unsafe to turn up the temp because of burning yourself at the kitchen sink. At least that's what parenting magazines say.

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  3. You're getting better. Next time maybe you won't bother with the discussion but just go and do as asked lol. Of course, then you won't have an interesting blog post to share.

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  4. Would she really know if you turned it up? Did she check the setting before? So you COULD have just disappeared for a short time, and told her it was done. Unless that knob position would tip her off. Then you'd be sorry!

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    1. Mrs. C knows all. I could put a towel over the knob and she would know if it was changed or not.

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  5. Well once you turn the temperature up she will have to use more cold water to balance out the temperature of her shower, unless she enjoys being scalded in the shower like my wife. I have also fought through water heater logic with Cindy, and like you I have found it easier to just turn it up.

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  6. You can't out fox Mrs. C. You just can't. I'm glad you just did as she asked. All is well in your world until the next issue arises.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  7. I like how, when you move the knob, the temperature changes instantly [HSWHTPFIHC].

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    1. Surprisingly enough, I figured out (HSWHTPFIHC).

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    2. I want to know what HSWHTPFIHC means!!

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    3. HSWHTPFIHC - He said with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek.

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  8. I thought sure you would have faked it. Hope no one gets scalded. This time I am totally on team Cranky.

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  9. Never argue, just do ... or act convincingly like you did!! ;-)

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  10. It's always easier just to turn it up. Around here, i'm the one trying to keep things turned down to save money.

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  11. Never touch my water heater temp controls because I am cheap and don't want to get used to that nice HOT water.

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  12. Smart man. I like hot water in the shower and when I take a bath. I also drink my coffee McDonalds hot.
    R

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  13. I used to just turn my mixer handle a little more to the hot side if I want scalding water beating down on my aching muscles, now we have a low pressure system instead, I still turn it to hotter but don't get the beating of water on the muscles anymore. On really hot days here, I just turn the handle back towards the middle allowing more cold water to mix in. Much quicker and easier than fiddling around adjusting the heater.

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  14. OK, this time I'm with you.

    I need to find an occasion to use "HSWHTPFIHC."

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  15. Once, when my husband and I were dating, we rented a cozy little cabin in the mountains. The water heater was not working, and I was disappointed because I was looking forward to taking a hot bath after a day in the snow. So my husband-to-be boiled pot after pot after pot after pot of water, and would dump them into my bathwater every five minutes just to allow me the hot bath that I had my heart set on. And you gave Mrs. Cranky grief about turning up the water heater? What the heck?

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