Water Heater Stand


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Old 02-08-15, 10:45 AM
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Water Heater Stand

We had to have a new water heater installed in an interior closet last week. The drain in the closet is 4" above the floor and due to code a pan was necessary. In order to drain the pan we needed to lift the tank up a bit. I built a small 24" x 24" box out of 2x6's with a 3/4" top. It was a last minute thing and the only screws I had on hand were some Deckmate 2 1/2",so that's what i went with. Here's a small drawing of what it looked like with the screws marked with red crosses.

Does anyone see any problem with stability since I used the 2 1/2" screws? I realize they are a bit short for the end grain attachments, but with the plywood screwed down well I figured it would keep them from moving.
 
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As long as the plywood is secured well it should be fine. It's not like the box will see any movement/traffic.
 
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Thank you. That eases my mind about it.
 
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Old 02-08-15, 12:37 PM
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With Five 2 x 6's in close proximity like your drawing and a 3/4" top, I think you could park a truck on it.

If you run into trouble leveling heater, you can use a pry bar and some shims to level base.
 
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My main concern was the 2 1/2" screws into the endgrain on the cross 2x6's. 1" isn't much of a bite on endgrain. Hate for one of them to "slide out" to the side and leave me with a water heater laying through the wall. Unfortunately it was last minute and I used what I had on hand.
 
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Yeah,
End grain doesn't hold screws, and 1" isn't much. They will strip out as you already know.
If nothing else the screws serve as pins. You can always shoot in some screws on the sides that are accessible. You're fine as far as holding dead weight.
 
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I have access to one end cap. I could get some 3" or 3 1/2" screws and put a single one in the middle of the end grain. Guess it couldn't hurt.
 
 

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