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Thread: How hard is it to convert from low to mains pressure hot water?

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    How hard is it to convert from low to mains pressure hot water?

    I've got a 60s house and my shower is crap.

    All the plumbing is copper, is it as simple as whipping out one cylinder and replacing it with a new one? Are there any valves etc that need to be replaced/added/removed?

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    If all copper, in good nick, would think only probs could be shower mixer and ceramic taps, rest should be OK. Any problems should show up as a flood
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    You'll have extra valving with a pressure cylinder, can buy kit. I just sold cylinder and all valving on T/me for $150. I went LPG califont at the bach, could be another option?
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    changed my house to mains (1920s house) pressure , and I upped the cylinder to a 180 ltr , at the same time and yes you need an xtra valve group as well .... at the time I was told that no hi pressure cylinders could be used with a wet back ... so I didn't use it , then got a new fire place with no wet back and a year later was told yes you can use mains pressure with a wet back ... STINK ..... I am looking at going to a rheems style infinity system on gas bottles ... the preesure in the house is great , ... as someone said all your tap ware will need to changed , ... with all plumbing , valves cylinder it cost me just over $1000.00 , . well worth doing
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    Just remember, if the water pressure in the street is poor, or the supply line from the street to the house is too small, then swapping to mains pressure will only improve things to a small degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpy View Post
    changed my house to mains (1920s house) all plumbing , valves cylinder it cost me just over $1000.00 , . well worth doing
    Good price .
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    Can sometimes be as simple as increase header tank higher , you could do this easy . Or if no header tank consult a plumber . If you go new cylinder you will need a temp reduce valve fitted . Adds $300 to $500
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    Fucken Matamata plumbers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy View Post
    Did you mean $1 Grand as typed (all plumbing , valves cylinder it cost me just over $1000.00) or were you missing an 0. For 1 Grand that sounds rather cheap ?Surely didn't include the cylinder ?
    1920 You replaced the WELL??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maca49 View Post
    1920 You replaced the WELL??
    Sorry did nt mean 0 meant to type a few bucks.. Phone rang and I slipped out of gear ..

    No the well is ok no water restrictions where I live @Maca49 . No water rates either buddy .. he he water that lawn whenever you want ..

    I got quoted 2 k maximum ??? to replace cyl with mains pressure, Wet back compatible, plus hook the solar panel back into it. I suppose that is ok cos the inside of our hwc cupboard currently looks
    like a bad motor rewind .. 80 years of NZ she ll be right mate ..... More holes in the wall , floor , ceiling than a marching team..
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    I was just quoted 3.5 grand to install new cylinder for mains pressure and 1500 to run the current cylinder at almost mains pressure.

    So it will be staying how it is:eek:

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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    I was just quoted 3.5 grand to install new cylinder for mains pressure and 1500 to run the current cylinder at almost mains pressure.

    So it will be staying how it is:eek:

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    That seems EXPENSIVE when you see brand new 180 liter tanks on trademe with warranty from 899 upwards VC..
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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    I was just quoted 3.5 grand to install new cylinder for mains pressure and 1500 to run the current cylinder at almost mains pressure.

    So it will be staying how it is:eek:

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    Sheeesh, it only cost me $3500 to plump a new kitchen, bathroom, laundry and install a new water pump and gas califont. Mind you there were a few mates rates thrown in there too.
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    Cost me nothing to plumb in my califont, cause im a clever bastard with tools hahahahahahahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munsey View Post
    Can sometimes be as simple as increase header tank higher , you could do this easy . Or if no header tank consult a plumber . If you go new cylinder you will need a temp reduce valve fitted . Adds $300 to $500
    Nah already have atube out the roof of the house.

    Where does that valve have to be plumbed in? I have a mate that can do the plumbing for me, providing it's not to involved, and hopefully @Nibblet can wire it up

 

 

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