Is it against code to place a nat. gas forced air furnace in a plastic pool?

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  1. molo

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    As assurance if the sump pump fails, we are considering placing a forced air furnace in a plastic pool or stock tank to protect it from potential water table rise.
    Is there a code that doesn't allow this?
    Thank you in advance for any replies
     
  2. Stuff

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    No electrical code other than being poor workmanship. Better to put it on a stand. In the old days bricks, blocks and poured concrete pads.
     
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  4. molo

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    It is on concrete blocks, but it is still not high enough. It can't go any higher because of the vent pipe height limitations. I know this isn't an electrical question, but I thought it may apply if it were an electric hot water tank.
     
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    Furnaces can be mounted horizontally and hung from the ceiling (unistrut or similar) which can solve vent issues. Probably not an option but many have theirs installed in the attic.
     
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    Why not battery backup sump pump and a water alarm.
     
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    A battery back up sump pump is the only way to go cost wise. Get a generator for extend power outages. Using a plastic pool is a problem, how do you get it under the furnace? You'll need to remove the furnace. Two is, should the water raise high enough, the pool will act like a boat and may lift the furnace up and damage the duct work, or worse yet break the gas pipe, etc.
     
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