Re: Can my water heater stand on 2x4's safely?
Posted by Terry Love on July 17, 19100 at 01:35:29:
In response to Re: Can my water heater stand on 2x4's safely?
: I'll try to make a long story short here. My electric water heater
: is located in the garage on a very sturdy stand that butts to an
: exterior wall. My old dad and I took it down today to install an
: earthquake safety brace (yes, this is L.A.) and an overflow drain
: pan that we plumbed to the outside of the house, to allow for
: any leak problems in the future. Due to two bad backs we had a
: major problem lifting the 50 gallon heater into the drain pan
: with 4" sides. We ended up using a tilt and block up routine to
: get it in, but ended up with a 2x4 in the pan that we could not
: get out. My solution was to cut several 2x4's to slide under the
: tilted cylinder and slide everything into place. My question here
: is regarding the weight distribution of the tank. Is the bottom
: of a water heater tank strong enough to stand on a few 2x4's
: without harm? It is not going anywhere, as it is very securely
: strapped to braces that are bolted to the wall with 4" lag
: screws, so movement should not be a problem. I guess what I am
: asking here is do I have to worry that weight of the water in the
: tank "pushing out" between the 2x4 supports? Thanks for any
: opinions and information that you care to share!

Your're laying the 2x4's flat? No worries mate!

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