Do I need to take the trailer to HD to get a new water heater or can I
lay the box on its side in the bed of my truck? I have a fiberglass
topper and the heater is too tall to stand up.
The boxes say "This side up" and whatnot, but it's a water heater...
I'd like to save gas and just get the heater on the way home instead
of making a special trip.
On Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:24:54 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
In separate years, I've taken two home on the trunk and lowered top of
The Sears ones don't claim to be glass lined, and they only have a
translucent whitish vinyl liner. So it's not going to break, but
that's not any more likely on the side versus the bottom.
I've also carried on separate occasions two spinet pianos on the
lowered top and trunk when I had a full size convertible. I put a
double bed mattress on the trunk and I go very slow, 5 or 10 mph where
there are chuckholes.
Some readers here might remember that my WH top was caved in a half
inch or more, and one of the pipes was no longer exactly vertical, but
I installed it anyhow last winter and so far so good.
Especially since there is a vinyl liner and no glass liner, I don't
expect any shortening of the WH life.
On Aug 21, 10:49 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The warning signs are likely for the warehouse crew to protect against
damage to accessories stored in the top of the box. To be on the safe
side, avoid potholes and speed bumps on the way home if heater is on
its side. HTH
On Aug 21, 11:49 am, email@example.com wrote:
Yes, you can lay it on it's side, unless it's one of the new ones that
comes pre-filled with water. You know, like the antifreeze they have
now that comes with 50% water as a convenience.
I'd say the this side up is the preferred shipping and/or stacking
direction. But for an easy ride in a truck, side will be fine.
I've always carried them laying down and have never had a problem. I
was once told that the only reason that statement is on the box is to
keep people from laying it on the side that has the controls on it.
What's worse, if the preheated water leaks below a certain level, air gets
into the extrabulator, and oxidizes the catalyst. The catalyst in a HWH is
almost the complete price of the entire unit, to replace. So, maybe you'd
best have a plumber out to do the install?
OTOH, just put the HWH tank in your truck, smile, and be done with it.
Please use lead free solder.
When you're picking up your water heater, splurge on some tie-down
ratchet straps. Put the WH upright in your pickup, and strap it in
place. You just solved both problems at once, and you have new straps
for future use.
I've got plenty of tie-down straps.
What I don't have is overhead clearance to stand the water heater
upright anywhere in the pickup. It's about 5'6" tall in the box, and
I've only got 2' of clearance under the fiberglass topper. Even
raised, I've only got 3'6" of clearance at the back of the bed.
I just checked the box a little more closely. In one warning label, it
depicts a water heater sticking out of the trunk of a car, and says,
"Avoid hauling like this, but if you must haul it like this ensure
adequate padding for the box."
So, they imply that it's okay to lay it on its side if necessary.
I'm only going about 5 miles over smooth road, and I'll drive slowly
BTW, nowhere in any of this have I made the mistake of calling it a
"HOT water heater," so NYAH-NYAH!!!! :)
Good example of why I always thought those semi-permanent bed-lid
toppers just make a truck into a 2-door coupe with a huge trunk. Yeah,
you can take them off, but it is such a pain that people never do.
But as to how to haul the heater- it isn't so much that you need
padding, it is that you need to avoid kinking. Hauling cheap office file
cabinets and refrigerators presents a similar problem. (Yeah, I know
about the oil in fridges- you just have to let them sit a few days.) I'd
either use some planks, or a sheet of stiff plywood, or a handtruck, and
support the entire length of the item as it was leaned over into the
bed. (I seldom had a helper available.)
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