I may be in real trouble but I'm not sure.
I'm not sure I can make a good connection from the water heater to the
pipes, or that the WH itself isn't going to leak.
I'm installing a replacement water heater in the basement, and when I
opened the box, I saw that the flat top of WH as crushed in about 4 to
7/16". It was like a stadium sloped at the sides and flat in the
I did a bunch of measurements, and composed a long post for you guys,
asking what to do. But from the measurements and observation, and the
use of a level, I decided I could answer the question myself and it
was OK. So I didn't sent the post.
The water heater already had cold and hot nipples screwed in at the
factory. I had just cut the pipes to the previous heater and planned
to splice the two pipes with connectors.
So I put the WH in place, and screwed in the new screw-on to sweat
joint, plus 5 inches of 3/4" copper pipe, for both cold and hot, and
that's when I saw that thos short pipes are not parallel. One is
straight up, but the cold is off a quarter inch at the top of the 5"
pipe from the WH.
The cold water pipe above it that it is supposed to connect to goes up
two feet before it reaches the ceiling, where there is a T (to the
powder room sink on the first floor) and and the middle of the T goes
8 inches to another T, and then 15 feet.
I can easily pull the cold water pipe a quarter inch to the right 5"
above the WH and get it in the connector. Is there a risk that
eventually the pipe the pipe will crack somewhere because of the
stress this will cause????
Should I move the WH an eighth inch to the right to spread the stress
onto both the cold and hot pipes?
I know this sounds like a trivial amount, but in college, I twisted a
sink faucet about 10 degrees that was connected to a copper pipe (1/2
inch?), and 3 months later, it started leaking. Went almost to a
small stream within a day or so. So I'm leak shy.
Also, there is a small but visible angle at the connector. Do you
think that means there is less strain on the pipes?? And does that
mean I'm not likely to get a good solder joint when I solder??
ALSO2, Do you think it likely the tank itself will leak at the top,
now or later?? The cold water inlet is bent a little and both
nipples seem to be 7/16" lower than they originally were. I didn't
damage anything. I would have paid for delivery, but Sears would not
deliver the tank unless they installed it too, so I think if I want to
return the tank now, I'll have to bring it back myself and take the
new one home myself, or find someone to do that. My convertible top
is broken now (for the first time in 40 years), so I can't do it