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    Default Protective bollard (post) for water heater?

    the water heater is located at back left corner of garage and not recessed.

    Should they have installed one?

    Is the framed wall beside it sufficient protection?

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    Default Re: Protective bollard (post) for water heater?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Gault View Post
    Is the framed wall beside it sufficient protection?

    That wall will probably provide MORE protection than some bollards I've seen ...

    Yes, that wall will provide sufficient protection.

    Think of it this way, if the water heater were on the other side of that wall behind the water heater, and not "in" the garage, which wall would provide the most protection: a) the wall parallel with the direction the car is moving or the wall perpendicular to the direction the car is moving?

    The wall parallel with the direction the car is moving will more likely stop the car, while the other wall will be pushed over. At least that is my thinking.

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    Default Re: Protective bollard (post) for water heater?

    Thanks Jerry...

    That's sort of my thinking as well - especially if they cross braced/blocked the stud wall within; that would be quite stout.

    Just don't see it in new construction here, they almost always have the bollard installed, tapped in the concrete with (as you noted) some questionable methods.

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    Default Re: Protective bollard (post) for water heater?

    Our local AHJ is not requiring vehicle impact protection for electric water heaters in garages & say there is nothing about it in the plumbing code.
    We are under the 2003 IRC, M1307.3.1 states that "Appliances located in a garage or carport shall be protected from impact by automobiles"
    Would this be a misapplication to electric water heaters?

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    Default Re: Protective bollard (post) for water heater?

    I believe as it is built a bollard would be needed, however if a door was installed the space would be a mechanical closet and no bollard would be needed.


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    Default Re: Protective bollard (post) for water heater?

    This was from an inspection this week, the AHJ approved this bollard. It does noting to protect the gas line.

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    Default Re: Protective bollard (post) for water heater?

    Our local AHJ is not requiring vehicle impact protection for electric water heaters in garages & say there is nothing about it in the plumbing code.
    We are under the 2003 IRC, M1307.3.1 states that "Appliances located in a garage or carport shall be protected from impact by automobiles"
    Would this be a misapplication to electric water heaters?

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    Default Re: Protective bollard (post) for water heater?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Goad View Post
    Our local AHJ is not requiring vehicle impact protection for electric water heaters in garages & say there is nothing about it in the plumbing code.
    We are under the 2003 IRC, M1307.3.1 states that "Appliances located in a garage or carport shall be protected from impact by automobiles"
    Would this be a misapplication to electric water heaters?
    A water heater is an appliance, gas or electric it does not make any difference.

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    Default Re: Protective bollard (post) for water heater?

    Yes, that is what I am saying, but they do not see it that way.
    Thanks for the reassurance.

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