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Corwin: Bear Fighter
01-06-2007, 11:12 PM
Our water heater seems to have finally died, and we are now without hot water. We won't be able to get someone out here to look at it until at least Monday, and the water is fucking freezing.
Anybody know of some trick to heat up a tub of water?

Vonn Hennigar
01-06-2007, 11:14 PM
Pour a kettle of hot water in. Or 2.

Caley Tibbittz
01-06-2007, 11:14 PM
My mom used to have to boil water on the stove to give me and my sisters baths... so there's that.

Corwin: Bear Fighter
01-06-2007, 11:17 PM
My mom used to have to boil water on the stove to give me and my sisters baths... so there's that.

See, I just tried that and it didn't do a thing to the temperature. I'm not sure if I have enough pots to do the job, but I guess I'll give it another shot.

Thanks. :)

SimiBoyz
01-07-2007, 02:28 AM
We went without hot water for a year. For baths we'd boil the kettle and whatever pans we had. Many trips up and down the stairs.

Or you could rub your hands together really fast in the water and hope that warms it up?

Pia Guerra
01-07-2007, 03:30 AM
Go buy or borrow a cheap, LARGE pot. It'll take a while to boil but it'll save you running back and forth. Don't put too much cold water in the tub at first, maybe a quarter of what you'd normally use and when you add the hot water you can then see if you need to heat more water or add cold to cool it.

You can also try 'bird baths', where you just wash out of a basin/bucket using a cloth. Works pretty well.

Hate_Prime
01-07-2007, 04:05 AM
Pee in the tub?

Schroedingers Cat
01-07-2007, 05:03 AM
Fart in the Tub.

It will warm the water and you'll get a jacuzzi.

dimeshop
01-07-2007, 05:48 AM
Back in high school, we used these handheld immersion heaters in physics class that were basically a little heating element with a handle. I don't know how well they'd work (and they'd probably be kind of dangerous if you had young kids in the house), but they would have to be pretty cheap. However, I'm having trouble finding examples online of what I'm talking about.

joshdahl
01-07-2007, 08:41 AM
I don't know how cost-efective it is, but this always works for me......


http://www.porcelainpoetry.faketrix.com/content/celebs/large/supermodel-Rachel-Hunter-bath.jpg

WillieLee
01-07-2007, 08:46 AM
I don't know how cost-efective it is, but this always works for me......


http://www.porcelainpoetry.faketrix.com/content/celebs/large/supermodel-Rachel-Hunter-bath.jpg

Ellipses warm up water?

changingshades
01-07-2007, 08:53 AM
My mom used to have to boil water on the stove to give me and my sisters baths... so there's that.

mmm Tibb soup

half guard
01-07-2007, 08:57 AM
See, I just tried that and it didn't do a thing to the temperature. I'm not sure if I have enough pots to do the job, but I guess I'll give it another shot.

Thanks. :)

our hot water heater went out a while back on a saturday evening and we couldn't get it replaced until the next monday. we had to use about 6 - 8 pots of boiling water with about half of a tub of cold water to get a full tub of water that was warm enough to bathe in.

Keith P.
01-07-2007, 09:05 AM
our hot water heater went out a while back on a saturday evening and we couldn't get it replaced until the next monday. we had to use about 6 - 8 pots of boiling water with about half of a tub of cold water to get a full tub of water that was warm enough to bathe in.

Is this an epidemic or something? I happened to me over Thanksgiving and took them 4 days to get to my place.

It sucked, but I took cold showers. You just have to brace yourself, and if you concentrate, your body acclimates to it fairly quickly.

LordKinbote
01-07-2007, 09:11 AM
I light a match, throw it in the bath, and wait.

costello
01-07-2007, 09:15 AM
http://www.plumbingsupply.com/index-tanklesswaterheaters.html

Taxman
01-07-2007, 09:17 AM
Boiling water is all there is.

dimeshop
01-07-2007, 09:23 AM
This is what I was talking about, but it might be too small:

http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00007322A.01-A2Q0ARZLO9COOL._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V34936301_.jpg

I found this here (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000073228/ref=nosim?s=merchant&m=A1MPSLFC7L5AFK&v=glance&tag=nextag-apparel0c-mp-20&camp=212325&creative=380341), but you might be able to find something comparable at a hardware store.

ihaveanoutkast
01-07-2007, 09:27 AM
Toaster?

Natty P
01-07-2007, 09:27 AM
Get a motel room.

Taxman
01-07-2007, 09:49 AM
This is what I was talking about, but it might be too small:

http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00007322A.01-A2Q0ARZLO9COOL._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V34936301_.jpg

I found this here (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000073228/ref=nosim?s=merchant&m=A1MPSLFC7L5AFK&v=glance&tag=nextag-apparel0c-mp-20&camp=212325&creative=380341), but you might be able to find something comparable at a hardware store.30 or 40 of those ought to be fine.

Corwin: Bear Fighter
01-07-2007, 10:12 AM
This is what I was talking about, but it might be too small:

http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00007322A.01-A2Q0ARZLO9COOL._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V34936301_.jpg

I found this here (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000073228/ref=nosim?s=merchant&m=A1MPSLFC7L5AFK&v=glance&tag=nextag-apparel0c-mp-20&camp=212325&creative=380341), but you might be able to find something comparable at a hardware store.

I'll look for one of those today.

We managed to get the tub heated up by boiling up 5 or 6 pots of water (not all at once, but in pairs every 20 or so minutes, so time was definitely working against us) and then placing 3 large stones that were baked for 15 minutes at 350 degrees in the tub.

Keith P.
01-07-2007, 04:50 PM
I'll look for one of those today.

We managed to get the tub heated up by boiling up 5 or 6 pots of water (not all at once, but in pairs every 20 or so minutes, so time was definitely working against us) and then placing 3 large stones that were baked for 15 minutes at 350 degrees in the tub.

You would honestly rather do all that than take a 2 minute or less cold shower?

dimeshop
01-07-2007, 05:47 PM
30 or 40 of those ought to be fine.

Like I said, might be too small. There probably some math where I could figure it out, but I'm a little lazy.

Caley Tibbittz
01-07-2007, 05:55 PM
mmm Tibb soup

That would explain why she kept taking bites of my leg...:-?

EasyE726
01-07-2007, 06:00 PM
I second peeing in the tub.

Gunter
01-07-2007, 06:04 PM
You would honestly rather do all that than take a 2 minute or less cold shower?

I don't know about anyone else but I can't take a cold shower.

The apartment I'm living in now has a very small hot water heater and I run out of hot water in about 10 minutes and I hate that.

Beep Beep!
01-07-2007, 08:31 PM
Get a motel room.
ditto . . . esp a really cheap one; you're only taking showers.

Do you mean Monday tomorrow, or Monday next week, to get it looked at?

When our hot water heater died, I went to Home Depot and bought one (about $400; thank God for mini vans), and called a plumber, and they came the next day to install it (about $325). But it wasn't totally inoperable; we just noticed that it had a slow leak where it was in our garage; it never stopped working.

The Roman Candle
01-07-2007, 08:57 PM
When ours broke, we went to the YMCA for showers.

Beep Beep!
01-07-2007, 09:10 PM
When ours broke, we went to the YMCA for showers.
That's a great idea; or maybe your health club or gym . . .

Sean Jackson
01-07-2007, 09:16 PM
Suprised no one's posted this.
http://www.neatorama.com/images/2006-05/redneck-hot-tub.jpg

Beep Beep!
01-07-2007, 09:21 PM
Suprised no one's posted this.
http://www.neatorama.com/images/2006-05/redneck-hot-tub.jpg:rofl:

Is the chick with the towel waiting in line?!?!?