This has been an interesting week for us. First the car tire was flat, then Bobby had the colonoscopy (and all that this entails), and when we got back home from the doctor’s office, (Bobby still in the anesthetic daze) we discovered that the hot water tank had quit working right and was now spouting out hot water. Bobby turned off the hot water tank breaker, went to bed and slept off the drugs, and then took a look at the hot water tank. Hoping that it was repairable, we went to the hardware store early Thursday morning for parts. However, it turned out not to be repairable, and in fact had a split down the side that has probably been there for some time. To complicate everything, someone had installed a 24” wide hot water tank and then built an exit wall in the hot water closet with a door that was only 15” wide ! In order to replace the old tank, Bobby would have to completely tear down that wall, get the old tank out, new tank in, and then make a new doorway. So....... we started considering getting one of the tankless hot water heaters instead, and this is what we ended up doing. By Friday afternoon, Bobby had the new water heater hooked up and running and we had hot water once again, and the new system seems to be working fine for us. It does take some getting used to, because if you run too much water pressure, then the heater can’t keep it hot enough; so we have to keep the pressure a little lower than we did with the old hot water tank. They had the tankless heaters that would be able to accommodate more water flow; but we had to get one of the low-end priced ones to even fit it into our budget at all. The old hot water tank can just sit in the closet (disconnected, of course) until Bobby wants to tear out the wall and remove the old tank, which will probably be when the weather is better in the spring. The tankless heaters are supposed to be more economical also, because they only heat water when you are actually running hot water somewhere, and do not have to keep a whole tank of water hot. Over all, we are pleased with this solution, and it was as cheap (or maybe cheaper) than replacing the hot water tank would have been, and a lot less hassle, too.