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    pretty tired at this point, and started thinking, so i'm going to post and pass out.

    I was considering installing a tankless exterior water heater for my house for the space savings. But in my stupor something else crossed my mind. I Could suspend a lowboy from the ceiling in the corner of my garage using 5/8" allthread and either a pan designed for this, or a pan sitting on unistrut that gets held up by the allthread. I'd have to special order a couple of earthquake straps to keep it from tipping over for any reason.

    So basically, toss some ideas at me, I like to think about how I Could do things in my home, a lot of the ideas fall by the wayside but some of them even get implemented.
    No, it's not rocket science, it's plumbing and unlike rocket science it requires a license.

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    Re: Suspended water heater

    Here's what I do with my house:

    I pretend the wife is a customer calling in for a estimate. I look at the job and give her a price. Since its always after hours and weekends, its double/triple time and 300% markup on the price.

    If she goes for it, the job gets done, by and by. If the price is too high, tuff luck....she'll have to wait until I find my bike key.
    (The Low Spark of Steel-Toed Boys)

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    • #3
      Re: Suspended water heater

      Originally posted by MoJourneyman View Post
      pretty tired at this point, and started thinking, so i'm going to post and pass out.

      I was considering installing a tankless exterior water heater for my house for the space savings. But in my stupor something else crossed my mind. I Could suspend a lowboy from the ceiling in the corner of my garage using 5/8" allthread and either a pan designed for this, or a pan sitting on unistrut that gets held up by the allthread. I'd have to special order a couple of earthquake straps to keep it from tipping over for any reason.

      So basically, toss some ideas at me, I like to think about how I Could do things in my home, a lot of the ideas fall by the wayside but some of them even get implemented.
      EQ STRAPS 1/2" ELEC. EMT cut to length hammer both ends flat for 2 1/2" drill for 3/8" leg bolts and washers. works great! post pix please
      Last edited by toolaholic; 10-15-2009, 08:40 AM. Reason: I PASSED OUT!
      I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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      • #4
        yes

        i have been using the ceilings on jobs for 40 years. make it good and solid, your good to go. all the rules on the ground work in the air. breid.........

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        • #5
          Re: Suspended water heater

          5/8" threaded rod is a bit over-kill...I'd go with 1/2". One in each corner is MORE then enough for a lowboy.

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          • #6
            Re: Suspended water heater

            Originally posted by vette850 View Post
            5/8" threaded rod is a bit over-kill...I'd go with 1/2". One in each corner is MORE then enough for a lowboy.
            I was thinking the same 1/2"is plenty
            I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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            • #7
              Re: Suspended water heater

              I've always been pretty bad about overkill. what do you guys use Under the heater? I was thinking unistrut but if there's a pan designed for it i'd rather use that.
              No, it's not rocket science, it's plumbing and unlike rocket science it requires a license.

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              • #8
                Re: Suspended water heater

                I am also the king of overkill....but being a pipe fitter also, I know how much weight 1/2" can support...times 4. I would do unistrut and two layers of 3/4" plywood on top. Just place the pan on top of that.

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                • #9
                  Re: Suspended water heater

                  3/8" Allthread @ 4 corners, Unistrut and 2 layers of 3/4" plywood.

                  I just bid a set of prints last night with this set-up for a 20 gal electric.

                  Bill

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