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Old 03-17-2011, 07:51 PM   #41
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...Texicans are not opposed to running butt-nekid in just about any situation and any temperature.
Unless you live in West Texas (look out for the cactus)...
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:37 PM   #42
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OK, then I'll go on record by quoting FinanceDude:

"This thread is USELESS without pictures"

Game on....

LOL.... can't tell if this thread is venturing into voyeurism or envy. I must say this is one witty little group (that can be the mantra while running butt-nekid through the cold house)......
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In the early 70's, there was once a rash of streaking incidences. I read about this phenomenon, and I was not even in this country then. Have not heard much about this recently.

So, I looked up Wikipedia, and this is what I found.

On 5 July 1799, a Friday evening at 7 o'clock, a naked man was arrested at the Mansion House, London, and sent to the Poultry Compter. He confirmed that he had accepted a wager of 10 guineas (equal to 735 today) to run naked from Cornhill to Cheapside.

The first recorded incident of streaking by a college student in the United States occurred in 1804 at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) when senior George William Crump was arrested for running nude through Lexington, Virginia, where the university is located. Robert E. Lee later sanctioned streaking as a rite of passage for young Washington and Lee gentlemen. Crump was suspended for the academic session, but later went on to become a U.S. Congressman and Ambassador to Chile.

Streaking seems to have been well-established on some college campuses by the mid-1960s.

Streaking is an essentially Anglo-Saxon phenomenon, absent in other cultures.

Time magazine, in December 1973, called streaking "a growing Los Angeles-area fad" that was "catching on among college students and other groups." A letter writer responded, "Let it be known that streakers have plagued the campus police at Notre Dame for the past decade", pointing out that a group of University of Notre Dame students sponsored a "Streakers' Olympics" in 1972.
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Naked Quad Run - Office of the President - Tufts University

The Associated Press: Tufts president ends December naked student run
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When I was in college in maybe 1973 a group of about 50 young men streaked by the women's dorm where I lived. We crowded to the windows to watch.
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We crowded to the windows to watch.
As you are self-admittedly of small stature, I'd like to think you got front row.
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Unless the dishwasher is you & Lena, your appliance may already have a heater installed in it to get the water up to temp.

But of course that uses electricity instead of gas and might drive up the cost a tad.
Yes, it has that but we don't use it in order to save money. Also, it takes a lot longer to run when it heats the water, and it keeps making noise the entire time.

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Can you plug the controller into an old UPS? I'm assuming it is a gas heater.

A UPS might not provide enough electrical power for a shower.
Yes, exactly correct, and we've done that when the power is out. It only draws 4 watts of electricity. I already have the TIVO and the modem and router on UPSs, and that's helpful for those 4 second outages. Next time I see one at a garage sale I'll get it for the water heater.

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Would bringing up the maximum to 135 bring up reset to 123?
I don't think so, I read that it's a safety thing.

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108 degrees should feel plenty warm for a shower.
Yes, but it's lower at the shower head, possibly because it's low flow. But that gives me an idea. Next time, maybe I'll just turn on a faucet instead of running around.

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If you have a one-handle temperature control on your shower, there is a stop that is usually adjusted to prevent you from getting 100% hot water.
Yes, I've already adjusted that to maximum.

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We have to train ourselves to not think "Yay, the power's back on" but instead "Yay, the power's on, let's reset the water heater."
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When I was living in a college dorm in the early 70s, not only did some naked male students run down the street in front of the dorm, it was after they rappelled down the side of the multi-story dorm. Ouch, that climbing harness must have hurt!
Luckily, it was a co-ed dorm, so the self-selection process of females who lived in said dorm made the streaking somewhat less shocking for us.
I saw the running, only read about the rappelling afterwards.
At the time I was puzzled, but now I know it was all about dysfunctional water heaters and lawyers. The things you learn in this forum!
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Unless the dishwasher is you & Lena, your appliance may already have a heater installed in it to get the water up to temp.

But of course that uses electricity instead of gas and might drive up the cost a tad.
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Yes, it has that but we don't use it in order to save money. Also, it takes a lot longer to run when it heats the water, and it keeps making noise the entire time.
I wanted to compare energy use with and without the water heat, but there's no place to plug in my kill-a-watt meter. But some research suggests that it would be worth the small extra expense (a few cents/load) to run it with the water heat on.

I've noticed that the dishwasher heats the water during the rinse cycle, which doesn't seem necessary.
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I wanted to compare energy use with and without the water heat, but there's no place to plug in my kill-a-watt meter. But some research suggests that it would be worth the small extra expense (a few cents/load) to run it with the water heat on.
I've noticed that the dishwasher heats the water during the rinse cycle, which doesn't seem necessary.
I think a builder would hesitate to spend $2 on a dishwasher receptacle, especially if the dishwasher could spring a leak and spray water into the box. Of course that doesn't explain why washing machines have to plug into receptacles.

I'm almost positive that the dishwasher's rinse water is heated to keep more of the water's minerals in solution instead of letting them precipitate out onto the glassware.

I've used my Kill-A-Watt on every plugged-in device in our house, including vacuum cleaners and aquarium air pumps. What I need now is a good 240v Kill-A-Watt (for the clothes dryer). I'd also be happy with a data-recording Fluke for all the hardwired equipment like ceiling fans and kitchen ovens... I know that I could figure these numbers out one at a time from the house's electric meter, but many of them are run intermittently over weeks or even months.
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Wow... missed this thread while on vacation....

My gas tankless did not have any electronics.... it has a knob to adjust the temp (seemed mechanical)...

The only problem I had was that it got stuck 'on' one time... the flame did not go out and it heated the water until it became steam... lucky for me I had turned on the water before getting into the shower...

After it cooled down and I took my shower.. it got hot enough to shut the system off...
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Wow... missed this thread while on vacation....

My gas tankless did not have any electronics.... it has a knob to adjust the temp (seemed mechanical)...

The only problem I had was that it got stuck 'on' one time... the flame did not go out and it heated the water until it became steam... lucky for me I had turned on the water before getting into the shower...

After it cooled down and I took my shower.. it got hot enough to shut the system off...


Good thing you didn't have to run out to your garage wet and naked to adjust your knob....
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