04:04PM | 03/18/03
Member Since: 03/09/03
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I bought a 16yr old townhouse with the original water heater and may have to replace it soon. Should i install one of those pans to go beneath it? Also, do you have to put any type of teflon tape or thread sealant around the nipples? And the installation kits, from what i've been told i do not have to do any soldering. They compress the ends of the copper. Any other pointers appreciated.


04:39PM | 03/18/03
Member Since: 01/13/03
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HW tanks are relatively easy installation. Yes, definately put a pan under it, use teflon tapes on the threads, there should be only threaded connections, NO compression ones. Remove the aerators from your faucets before turning the water back on, it will prevent clogging when you turn the water on. Make sure the tank is completely full before turning on the power or lighting the gas. The biggest problem you will probably have is draining the old one, it can be a slow process.



01:04PM | 03/19/03
Member Since: 03/09/03
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Thanks bob. So the kit that they sell at Home Depot with one compression end and the other end threaded are not so good? I've never soldered before. So its best just to get all 3/4" copper pipe and elbows and solder away?


06:29PM | 03/19/03
Member Since: 01/13/03
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I'm not a real fan of compression fittings at the hw tank, but if you've never sweated lines, don't know anybody who has and aren't going to have it done by a plumber, then you'll probably be better off using compression fittings. If you don't sweat right, you'll end up with water everywhere in the middle of the night. Sweating is not real hard to learn, but must be done correctly.


03:28AM | 03/20/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
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I've had good sucess with the compression fittings.
You didn't say where the heater will be located. If it will be indoors, then a pan is very valuable. For a crawl space, I wouldn't bother, because if it's leaking you probably won't know it until the pan has flooded anyway. If no pan, sit the unit on some pressure treated wood so it doesn't rust. Untreated wood will "collect" termites.
If you install it yourself, be gentle when moving it. Don't drop it and don't scratch the paint.

erik peterson

12:48PM | 06/25/03
Member Since: 06/23/03
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When installing a "drip-pan" under a water heater its necessary to have a drain for it usually installed at the time of construction..If you install a pan without a drain whats the point? All the pans ive seen have the drain hole pre-cut into the pan so if the heater leaks this water will simply flow through the hole in the pan and onto your floor. Now if your remodeling or can drill into your floor to run the drain outside your house it will work. erik


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