Time to replace the old water heater, and I don't want to pay $350 -
$500 for installation. I can easily place a winch in the attic above
the access hole for lowering the old and lifting the new heater.
Question is how to attach the cable to the heater itself? Would like
to temporarily screw a 3/4" pipe into the threaded holes on top of
heater and hook onto that. OK to do?
Probably not a good idea. Water heaters are not the strongest device out
I would sling it from the bottom and then raise it.
Got a cargo net?
If not you could use 2 slings under it and duct tape the slings to the sides
Remember duct tape is not rated for above 100 mph.
Think big thermos bottle. Doesn't take shock loads well, and is only
designed to be held up by 4 skinny legs. Try laying one over a truck
tailgate sometime- look at it wrong and it will fold like a paper towel
tube. Lifting eyes, or at least the lugs for them, would be a nice feature
for someone to add to a water heater. Make getting up and down skinny cellar
stairs a lot easier, if you could screw in grab handles so the guy on the
bottom doesn't take all the weight. Personally, I'd avoid an attic water
heater if at all possible- too much chance of flooding when, not if, it
On 19 Apr 2004 06:49:37 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Shooter Dude)
I think I would buy some 12 foot cargo tie-down straps. Run two at 90
degrees underneath and then up to the top. Use two more to cinch those
two straps to the sides of the WH so they cannot shift. Attach your
winch cable to the hooks at the top of the straps.
A net would be better, but if you are careful you can rig a safe and
strong arrangement. Just be sure to test it by wiggling the WH with it
a few inches off the ground before lifting it way up into the air.
Better to discover a problem at a reasonable altitude!
'96 Lexus LX450
'00 Audi A4 1.8T quattro
Spokane WA USA
buy 2 3/4x 6 black nipples and 2 3/4black tees
install the nipples in the outlet of the tee
install the nipple/tee assembly into the top of the heater.
when I say install I mean tighten the nipples into the tees and then tighten
the nipples into the heater.
How can I define tighten?
I know buy one extra 3/4 x 6 nipple. Put that in one of the runs of the tee
and then rotate the extra as if it were a wrench when it gets hard to rotate
any further you are done.
run your cable thru the runs of both tees and attach to the drop cable
you are making a triangle with the base of the triangle at the top of the water
heater and the peak of the triangle at a point that will allow you to raise
the heater to the attic.
I would not use just one point of lift but if you use both the hot and cold
connection and assuming both are on top you should be able to lift the heater
with no damage to the internal threads of the heater
Just dont overtighten your lifting connections
I have done this 100 gallon water heaters with no problems
email@example.com (POPPYPLANK) wrote in message
If it is an electric heater, they don't weigh all that much empty to
begin with. Shouldn't need a winch, maybe a pulley to run a rope
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