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Another Question v. Hot water heater

Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by *Jani*, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. *Jani*

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    Can I lean things on it? Does it need a few inches of room around it for any reason? Its in my storage room and I'm running out of space :lol:
     
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    Please don't. After climbing through storage rooms and basements piled with junk for a few summers working with my dad, I can tell you it's a real pain in the ass to work on them if they are buried. Not only that, should it ever spring a leak, your stuff will be ruined. Also, be very careful of the relief valve, should it become blocked or unable to blow off if need be, your water heater becomes a rocket.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmJoyuUJj2Q"]YouTube - Mythbusters water heater[/ame]
     
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    have you seen my room. my heater sits in there with 2 poker tables, 18 chairs, and boxes..its fine everything it touching it
     
  4. ingress

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    well if Kim says it's safe
     
  5. Jester

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    I have things on mine as well. Like the back of this desk for example... and Kim 18 chairs??
     
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    OMFG THAT IS FUCKING AWESOME.
    I WANT THEIR JOB SO BAD
     
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    ... ideal that you don't put anything against it
     
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    poker fold ups..we have big games. :shrug2:
     
  9. *Jani*

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    I mean the actual big hot water heater that supplies the apartment with hot water. :)
    Trying to fit my deep freeze in the room, but there is some other things that would need to go in there and I was wondering if they can be leaning against it, or if nothing is supposed to touch it.. :o
     
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    It won't hurt anything to lean something against it. BUT, like someone else mentioned, when they start to leak, they leak. I'm glad I had nothing around mine 2 summers ago when it let go cause it was a bitch to contain the water. If I had to spend 5 more mins clearing stuff out from around it, it would have been a disaster.
     
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    Agreed...
    If I were to inspect you home...I would advise you not doing this...along with your panel
    Also if you're putting a deep freeze in a small location, be careful of heat build-up
     
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    It depends on what you plan on leaning against it. Most things I wouldn't suggest, because depending on how old it is, it could spring a leak at any moment, or the relief valve could get knocked/blocked and well...we've all seen the mythbusters episode.


    The chances of it causing problems are probably pretty slim, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
     
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    So I did some re-arranging, and put some things in the walk-in bedroom closet, and now everything fits :) just have a broom handle leaning against the hot water heater.. hopefully that doesn't cause any major problems.. :lol:

    Also, I made sure we have easy access to the shut off valve and the other funky looking things that I don't know anything about!

    Thanks for the tips, folks :)
     
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    Wicked. Because if you ever need to shut off the power to it for whatever reason, it will be easily accessable
     
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    hahaha..Good job, Janet
     
  16. Leviathan

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    With that Mythbusters thing.....the tank blew up like that because they applied a fast rising PSI to it, no?

    I'd assume that in a real-life scenario (where the PSI would not build up that fast), the tank would blow a seal around one of the elements or pop an intake pipe or something before it turned into a rocket?
     
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