Friday, October 7th, 2011:
The pressure testing went so much better than anticipated, but did lead to our first real problem solving situation.
We quickly realized once the water heater was fully pressurized that we’d likely have a need to drain it. It does not have a drain.
Hind sight being as clear as it tends to be, we recognized that we should have placed some sort of a valve in the thing. There is a hole in the top and in the side of the water heater allowing for placement of the pressure relief valve in either an upright or sideways tank orientation. We chose the upright orientation and put the pop off valve in the top of the unit. Then we placed the included brass plug in the side as instructed in the owner’s manual. But- once the water heater was full, how were we supposed to get the water out of it if we ever needed to move it?
Solution: We grabbed an old oil funnel, attached it to a hose that we then ran out the front door. Once in place we removed the plug, caught the gushing water before it hit the cork floor, and drained half of the water heater tank.
We now have a nice spigot with a valve in the water heater. Should we ever have to remove it, we’ll only be lifting 3 gallons of water instead of 7.
It appears that we still have so much more to learn. We’re looking forward to it!