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Post by sparks on Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:16 pm

Got a friend trying to talk me into a bladder tank type water system and I'm leaning towards a tinaco. He says the cost is not much more ... but of that I'm not sure because I haven't found all the components in one package. Tinaco for me is just so simple with less things to go wrong ... especially if street pressure will fill the tinaco. The only positive I can see to a pressure system is no tinaco on your roof
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Post by martygraw on Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:32 pm

Sparks, even with a Tinaco you will prob need a elect. pump to fill it.
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Post by sparks on Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:45 pm

Even with the lousy pressure we have in this part of Joco I don't have a pump and the tinaco is on top of the second floor.

In Melaque when we have water I can squirt a hose 15+ meters ... way more than needed to fill a 3 meter high tinaco. I also have an aljibe in the ground for when there is no street water and I will need a pump for that
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Post by Rolly on Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:07 pm

My house is served by an aljibe with a bladder type pressure system. For 10 years, it has preformed well. There are by-pass valves for the rare times when the power fails. I have friends with roof-top tinacos. My system gives a better shower and the washing machine works much better.
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Post by sparks on Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:54 am

Thanks Rolly. Now to shop for a 'system' and sizing. Price goes up pretty fast as the size goes up. So when your electric is out you rely on street pressure or you have a tinaco as well
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Post by Rolly on Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:17 am

Street water.

The sizing issue was explained to me: The larger the tank, the less often it has to run, but it will have to run a bit longer to recharge. The salesman insisted that the larger tank will be a little less expensive to operate. True? ¿Quién saba?
We bought a mid-size tank.

One thing to be careful about, if the pump runs out of source water and draws air, it will be damaged $$$.
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Post by eñe on Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:26 am

Guess we're lucky. Water pressure from the street where we live is adequate to fill 2 tinacos (we don't have an aljibe) and we have acceptable pressure in the shower and washer works OK. We have no pump. Guess it depends on where you live and your house configuration. Our tinacos are on the highest part of the roof, so the whole thing works on gravity. If gravity stops working, we're SOL:)

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Post by sparks on Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:06 am

The guy that rebuilds pumps in Melaque charges $15-20us but maybe not if the windings are fried. I guess a shutoff float could turn off the pump but there's another cost and something else to go wrong.

My tinaco won't be much over 3 meters high so that's a little over a meter above a shower head. Hmmmmm...
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Post by Rolly on Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:13 am

When a pump sucks air, the resulting failure is mechanical not electrical.
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Post by sparks on Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:34 am

When my pump started sucking sand it was mechanical and a rebuild was $160mx
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Post by sparks on Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:12 am

Older foto but now have two tinacos. One above second floor and one above first - one for each lot. Since we have high water pressure in the area the plumber installed a series of one-way valves that allow street water directly to the house. When no city water (pretty common) it switches to tinaco pressure.



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Post by Intercasa on Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:26 am

If you have an older home, one reason to not get a pressure system is perhaps more leaks due to the new and unfamiliar pressure in the pipes, etc.

You can put the pump after the tinaco to get the best of both worlds.
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Post by Mainecoons on Sat Jan 15, 2011 4:02 pm

We have a pressure system and I am thinking about adding a Tinaco to it because of all the power outages around here. Shortly after the power goes off, we have no water. Grrrr.

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Post by ferret on Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:24 pm

You could put in a larger pressure tank (ours is about 60 gallons) so you'd have water longer...
or you could buy a small honda generator which would not only take care of your water situation but allow you to plug in other things in an emergency...
Honday EU 1000 or 2000 with an inverter.
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