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    Getting A Hot Water Supply

    Having led a fairly sheltered life as far as getting things of a construcion nature done ( i had mates and neighbours who would sort out stuff like this for me back home) i find myself in a bit of a predicament:
    I, hopefully will move into a house with my TG (non P4P) in Chonburi. Three beds, 3 baths type of place
    The thing is, though, its got no hot water facility !!!
    Having to shower in cold, or, at best, lukewarm water doesnt fill be with optimism, tbh.
    Is it fairly straightforward to get a shower or 2 plumbed in (and possibly some hot water facility for the kitchen sink at least)
    I dont mind paying a "proper" price, but i dont want my pants pulled down, with some Thai "workman/builder" saying i would need to have walls breeched to allow pipes to be fitted and then reskimmed and redecorated, for example

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    We have a solar panel more than adequate we have 5 bathrooms, dishwasher and washing machine, don't ask me how much cant remember

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    Although i wont ask how much, i think thats a bit too expensive from what i read on the subject, TBH.
    I am not noted for being a groundbreaker

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    Cheapest way is to just have an electric shower unit fitted to each bathroom.
    Installing a hot water system is a lot of work/money


    Shower units start at 2000 baht

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    shower unit approx. B6000 fitting approx. B500

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    HomePro is having a sale on some pretty good MEX individual water heaters at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Cheapest way is to just have an electric shower unit fitted to each bathroom.
    Installing a hot water system is a lot of work/money


    Shower units start at 2000 baht
    Thats along the same lines as what i was thinking
    Perhaps in 2 of the bathrooms (the ensuite one deffo!!! )
    And an oversink type hot water facility for the kitchen
    These are "easy" to do, are they?
    (Told you i led a sheltered life !!!

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    if you want a good quality that gives you hot water, you will need to pay more, like a Panasonic etc

    easy to fix if the cold water pipe is easy to access, otherwise there may be extra work getting to it and maybe retiling etc

    you will also need an electric supply
    I have reported your post

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    if you want a good quality that gives you hot water, you will need to pay more, like a Panasonic etc

    easy to fix if the cold water pipe is easy to access, otherwise there may be extra work getting to it and maybe retiling etc

    you will also need an electric supply
    Make sure the heaters are properly earthed, or grounded, (maybe include a good GFI in the electrical circuit as well) or things could get interesing, in a rather unpleasant way.

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    Here you have 2 types.

    Hot Water (Nam Lorn).

    Warm Water (Nam OOn)

    You want the second one as it needs no new plumbing.

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    When I bought there were two or three different ratings 3500W for in around BKK. 4500W for upcountry, and there may even be a 6000W

    I think mine is 4500W

    Why the difference? Ambient and water temp get lower up north during some times of the year.

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    Is there and small electric units that is 110 or 220 for US? Sure wish we had 200
    in one wire like thailand. America is trying to sell you 40 breakers where you only need 8-10 in most of the world. help

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    The most important thing is to ensure which ever hot water heater you have installed is grounded. Many people are electrocuted in the shower in Thailand each year and you do not want to be one of them. Most of the places you buy the hot water heaters will have qualified installers. If you do not know how to do this yourself, make sure the people you hire do.

    3500w to me does not get the water hot enough in the winter time. I would strongly suggest at least 4500w

    A GFI (Ground fault interupter) is an absolute necessity

    For the pvc plumbing, that is very cheap to buy pipe and fittings

    6,000 thb per unit should cover the cost of a name brand unit, installation, GFI and plumbing.

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    Most of these modern showers have inbuilt circuit breakers/ trip switches, I think.

    If not make sure you buy one that has

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevefarang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    if you want a good quality that gives you hot water, you will need to pay more, like a Panasonic etc

    easy to fix if the cold water pipe is easy to access, otherwise there may be extra work getting to it and maybe retiling etc

    you will also need an electric supply
    Make sure the heaters are properly earthed, or grounded, (maybe include a good GFI in the electrical circuit as well) or things could get interesing, in a rather unpleasant way.
    Brian Stocks I fully endorse these comments re a reliable good earth system for these heaters. Do Not Trust Thai electricians the majority are unqualified and self taught (survived their own installations!) they do not consider an earth necessary ( I have even been told an earth is dangerous in a kitchen as it could make everything in the kitchen LIVE???) when my house was built six years ago the "qualified" electrician (who I eventually threw off the site ripping the whole installation out and starting again) could not see what was wrong with "EARTHING" to a plastic water pipe! I am not over sensitive about electrical installations as long as they are safe but I am allergic to electric shocks!

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