The quotes for my new heat pump include a base made of some kind of
concrete or plastic. (kind of ugly material).
Can a heat pump base be made of a nice wood decking as long as the
wood was rot resistant. I'd be glad to make a small sturdy wood base
to avoid the normal pad in order to blend in with my home better.
Is it against code or a bad idea?
How high are they talking about making this thing? Here (San Antonio Tx)
the slabs have to be at least 3" above grade and the same size as the
unit. I cannot imagine it being that unsightly, but you could put a wood
border around it if you wanted. Even if for some reason you have to have
the unit much higher than that, you could still attach lattice, or thin
strips of wood to a concrete pad in whatever design you like. Larry
building code in my area dictates either a concrete pad or an approved
composite (plastic) pad specifically made for ac units. Also, the
condensing unit must me mechanically secured to such pad for seismic
suppose its mounted on the roof of a 2 story bldg....
upright water heaters also require seismic restraint
hanging fancoils and furnaces require sesimic restraint.
sheet metal duct systems hanging lower than 12" from structural
framing requires seismic restraint, as do all light fixtures and
grills in t-bar ceilings. hell even the t-bar ceiling grid requires
seismic restraint, and the inspectors are very anal about all aspects
of seismic restraint.
just because we dont feel all of them, does not mean they arent
occurring on a very regular basis.
Nope. Pressure treated is often not preferred in marine applications
because the pressure treating reduces it's ability to get good paint
Marine grade commonly is applied to plywood and it means that when the
plywood is manufactured any knots are removed and voids filled on every
ply. On regular plywood this is only done on the finish, aka surface,
In many situations wood underwater is less likely to rot. That's why
they still excavate wooden ships that are hundreds of years old.
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