came home after work today, went into garage to grab a shovel (was going
to neaten up front yard some...) uh-oh, there's a puddle on the floor!
Farther investigation shows that water is dripping from a light
fixture... woops. hit the breakers, started to investigate. Water
heater done blowed up. (of course, it was mounted upstairs, with no
Ripped out lots of sheetrock, insulation, etc. and have three fans set
up at strategic locations to try to dry out the wood before it starts to
I guess the only saving grace is that it appears I caught it very
shortly after it started to leak, otherwise it could have been real
ugly. Not that it isn't, but still...
I guess I get to fix yet another of the things I didn't like that a PO
had done, earlier than I was planning on... Good thing the bathroom in
the house is back together (was just doing some minor work in there
So... where do I go from here? My thoughts are that I would like to
have a new water heater installed, BUT I...
1) want ball valves and flex hoses on inlet and outlet (braided
stainless or corrugated copper?)
2) want drain pan underneath heater, with drain plumbed into real drain
3) want drain valve replaced with nipple and ball valve
4) do NOT want carpet underneath water heater (really!)
am I missing anything?
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