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    Default Water heater Question

    Last edited by Jeff Eastman; 12-19-2007 at 03:15 PM.
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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Near Philly, Pa.

    Cool Re: Water heater Question

    What does that water heater mfr. say? If it calls for a non-combustible base, then write it up. Regardless, the base must be capable of supporting the load. Figure a 40 gallon water heater full of water weighs about 400 lbs. If that water heater is sitting on 4 square feet of conventional construction rated at 40 lbs per sq. foot, then it is inadequate for the load.
    Then again, with a closet, do you have your circumferential clearance required by the WH mfr? Gas or electric? Need MUA and combustion air?
    What is the construction under the WH?
    Any pics?

    Keep the fire in the fireplace.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Fletcher, NC

    Default Re: Water heater Question

    What Bob said, with some additions.

    1) How many 2x4s? Enough to make a full support under the water heater?

    2) If electric, it can be set on the wood, if the wood meets what Bob said and/or 1) above.

    Jerry Peck
    Construction/Litigation/Code Consultant - Retired


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