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About a week and a half ago, a friend showed up at our house.  He is from General Santos, his name is Jun Jun, or Jun2.  Jun Jun is a carpenter.  Actually, he is much more than a carpenter.  He is an all around fix-it guy.  He can fix anything, and he does it to very high standards.  He can not only fix things, he can build just about anything you could imagine.

We have been using Jun2 for repair jobs and basically any kind of construction for many years now.  Even before we moved to the Philippines, we would hire him to do things around my in-law’s house when needed.  Since living in the Philippines, we have used Jun2 for different types of work many times.  When we lived in General Santos City, we were always using him to work on something.  Since moving to Davao, it is more difficult to get him, since he lives about 3 hours away, but when possible, we hold off on any needed work until he is available to travel up here.

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So, anyway, about 10 days ago or so, Jun2 showed up here.  We didn’t know he was coming, but that was OK.  He is a friend, so he was welcome here.  He told us that he took some time off from work and wanted to come and see us.  He asked if there was anything we needed him to do around our place.  Of course, the answer was yes!

First, I had him repair the ceiling fan in my office, and he also replaced the light kit on the ceiling fan with one that was much brighter.  It really made my office much nicer having the nice brightness, and made me realize just how dark my office had been previously.

The next morning, after Jun2 had fixed my ceiling fan, I was enjoying my office so much.  I felt like I had moved into a whole new office!  I got thinking that just such a minor thing, and it really made a nice improvement in my life.  What else did I need him to do to improve my life, or the lives of my family?

That was when it hit me… the hot water!  Or, the lack of hot water would be more accurate.  When we moved into this house in 2010, there was hot water in the master bathroom.  The house actually had a US style hot water heater, which is very rare in the Philippines.  Most people here, if they have hot water at all, use the small instant hot water units in a shower or whatever.  Really, I like the instant hot water units, but since this house had a tank type hot water heater, that was OK too.

Well, the hot water heater died a year or two ago.  I took cold showers instead of hot.  I planned to have  an instant hot water unit installed in the shower, but really, after a few days, I got used to the cold showers.  From time to time, though, I would still wish for a hot shower, but not so badly that I rushed out to buy a heater.

Well, with Jun2 here, I had the opportunity to have such a heater installed and working properly.  I’m no handyman, so this was a bit of a hurdle if Jun2 was not here to handle the installation. So, that next morning after the ceiling fan repair, I talked to Feyma and asked her if she thought we should get a hot water heater for our shower.  Of course, she said yes! 🙂  And so, Feyma and Jun2 were off to the hardware store.  They bought a new instant hot water heater!  Total cost?  P8,000.

It took Jun2 about 2 hours to have it all installed and ready to go?  After he finished it took me about 2 minutes and I was enjoying a hot shower again! Sure felt nice!

I don’t know why it would be, but I have noticed that the showers I take now are a lot longer than they used to be!  I wonder why that is?

The other day, our son Aaron asked if he could take a shower in our bathroom.  Of course, I told him.  He came out of the bathroom a while later and I heard him mumbling the words….

“That was the best shower I’ve ever had in my life!”

Ha ha.. it is sure nice, I agree with Aaron!

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Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Those instant hot water heaters are great for homes in The Philippines, many of which are only set up with cold water plumbing. You heat just the hot water you are going to use and don’t pay for keeping a big tank of water hot all the time. I have used them in hotel enviorments in The Philippines and also when I was visiting the UK.. Once they are installed, the electrical wiring in place and the water hook-up, they are a lot easiier to replace ( if need be ) than a 40 gallon electric hot water heater such… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hi Bob – Those on demand units do save a lot of energy! I am surprised that they are not popular in the States. For one thing.. you never run out of hot water no matter how long you stay in the shower or how many people shower before you!

Hmm.. wifi in the shower? Let me talk to Jun2! 😉

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Hi Bob;
Hot water on demand is wonderful, I have to spend more for mine as I need the pressurizing unit built in as we feed of a roof tank. But there is no way I can live without it especially with the cool months coming, and most days during the rainy season. my afternoon shower I use cold water. But that morning shower!!!.

MindanaoBob
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Hi Paul – Why did I wait a couple years? I am crazy! I sure do enjoy those nice warm showers now!

Tom Ramberg
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Tom Ramberg

Hi Bob,
I installed two of these units about four years ago. One in our master bath and one in the guest room. I really don’t understand why they haven’t caught on more in the US. The units that I put in have their own pressure pumps because I have a gravity pressure water system in my house. To me it is the small luxuries like this that make life really good.

MindanaoBob
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Hi Tom – I’m with you… why have these things not caught on in the USA? Makes no sense!

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LeRoy Miller

In my opinion, I would guess it comes down to price. When I was doing some improvements to my home, I priced the tankless water heaters at Home Depot, Lowes, and Manard’s, the three major chain stores in my area. They (the tank style) were substantially less expensive than a tankless style heater. If my memory is correct they were about 1/2 or less the price of a tankless. When priced at independent dealers the price difference was even more dramatic. Since there is no immediate penalty other than a slightly higher utility bill there is no big sense of… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hi LeRoy – Upon reading your comment, my first reaction was that you were wrong. Upon further reflection, though, I realized that you were not wrong. My initial thinking was that the tankless units were far cheaper than the tank type heaters. But, we are talking apples and oranges, because the big tank type units are good for the whole house. The tankless ones here are good for only one room max, or even just the shower, etc. So, you would have to purchase multiple of the units that I am talking about. I believe there are tankless units for… Read more »

Mike Henebry
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Mike Henebry

Bob. Yes hot showers sure are nice; glad to see you got yours working again. Three things that I insisted on when we built our house in Libmanan in 2012 were A/C in our bedroom, internet service and a point-of-use water heater for a hot shower. I forgot, I also insisted on a separate floor drain in the shower.

MindanaoBob
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Hi Mike – Yep, I’ve got all of those bases covered too! For internet, I actually have 3 different accounts with different providers (Globe, Skycable and Smart), so I am really covered for internet! Since it is my business, I have to make sure I have good access to that!

wayne
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wayne

Bob I am not as tough as you,that is one thing I had fixed in our place.When we had to shower with cold water they were very short onesand after that a hot shower is so nice.enjoy yours.

MindanaoBob
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Hi Wayne – I actually got to where I enjoyed the cold showers most of the time! But, still wanted hot water sometimes, though!

Cordillera Cowboy
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I’ve gotten to the point of preferring the bucket and dipper to a shower. But, I agree, a hot shower on a cool, rainy season evening is rather nice.

Take care,
Pete

MindanaoBob
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Hi Pete – I can’t speak to the “rainy season evenings” because we don’t have a rainy season down here. But, I have to admit that the hot water is nice to have when desired! 😉

Heinz Schirmaier
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Heinz Schirmaier

BUCKET & DIPPER????? SHOWER????? What’s considered a BATH then? HUGE BUCKET???

John Reyes
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They are called tankless water heaters in the States, and they are sold at most hardware stores like Lowe’s. Government tax credit can be had if you have this unit. If they are not already popular in the States, my guess is that the National Association of Homebuilders (NAH) needs to be weaned away from building new homes that automatically accomodate the traditional hot water heater. A lot of people are used to the huge hot water heaters, and may not be aware that there is a better, energy-efficient alternative. To change this culture, the NAH has to initiate the… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hi John – I guess that Americans are often slow to get on the bandwagon on things like this. I think it will happen, sooner or later.

Jamie
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Jamie

OK, check. I too figured that I could probably be OK without hot water, but you convinced me. Hot water it is (when I get there).

MindanaoBob
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Hi Jamie – You can make it without if you are determined… I made it for a couple years. I must say, though… for comfort.. hot water is the bomb! 😉

Bill S.
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Bill S.

The point of use kind, like in your picture, installed in the actual shower, is against code here in the US, If they got water inside them, it could ground to you, and that would be your last hot shower. They can be used, but must be installed someplace so that it could not be touched, while you are standing in water. I have seen electric ones that can handle up to 4 separate points of use, but they draw 100amps. and are pretty expensive compared to a tank type here. The whole house tankless ones are propane or natural… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Thanks for the additional info, Bill. Very informative.

Fred
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Fred

A few years ago I helped my son switch from tank to tankless. the cost was twice as much as a tank type. The cost of energy keeps going up, he lives in Montana, and keeps his outdoor hot tub going year around. It added about $100.00 a month to a $500.00 a month Natural Gas bill, at the time. He is on a budget plan so his Gas bill is the same every month for a year, then it gets adjusted. If he built an earth sheltered home, he would be able to heat with a 100 watt light… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Wow, that info on the energy cost is opposite of what I would have expected! Fascinating.

Fred
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Fred

During that time the cost of NG went up 100%, the following year it went up another almost 100%. at the time we put in the new tankless hot water heater he had a super efficient central heating system.

The following year he had the siding removed and installed 3 inched of Styrofoam, house wrap, inert gas filled double pane windows and new wood siding, doubled the depth of the ceiling insulation.

On warm day in January it will get up 0 degrees F.

MindanaoBob
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Hi Fred – I went to college at Montana State University in Bozeman. Believe me, I know how those “warm” winter days are up there! 😉

Hey Joe
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bOB, HOT WATER IS A MUST FOR ME. i HAVE SOME ARTHRITIS ISSUES BUT HAVE FOUND hEAT MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE IN RELIEVING PAIN THAN MEDICATIONS AND i DON’T LIKE MEDICATIONS OF ANY KIND. i DON’T HAVE EITHER TANKLESS OR TANKED HOT WATER IN MY HOUSE SINCE WATER IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM BUT i BOIL THREE L4 LITER POTS OF WATER AND THEN ADD JUST ENOUGH COLD WATER TO MAKE IT BEARABLE ON MY FLESH– i WANT IT VERY HOT ! I HAVE AN ARRANGEMENT WITH THE HOTEL I USE IN THE CITY TO BE SURE MY ROOM HAS A WORKING… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hi Joe – I have osteoarthritis in many of my joints, so believe me… I can understand!

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