Water heater install

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  1. Mikewood

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    Put in a 40 gal water heater by myself.
    First I went out for bids. Man they are expensive. Low was $1,400 and high was $2,400. So it’s just me around the house that can do fetching and toting. Day one-four. Bids come in. Boy was this a waste of time. Purchase new water heater for $450.
    Last bid from Lowe’s comes in at day six and it was higher than the plumber.


    So day six. disconnected gas, water and drained the old one. Toted the new water heater up to the second story in proximity to the attic folding staircase. Yea in Texas water heaters are in the attic. Slid the old water heater down the folding stairs and down a flight with the two wheel dolly.

    Day seven. Get a 800# strap winch and winch the water heater into the attic and man handle it clear of the opening. Wrestle it around to the drain pan and then rebend the pan back into shape. Wrap the new water supply nipple with Teflon tape. Fit the braided steel hoses on water supply, hot water and safety valve vent. Attach new shark fittings for safety vent the drain line.
    Run new natural gas supply line and seal with “special” gas service tape. Turn on gas and Use soapy water to bubble test gas fittings. Fit exhaust pipe.
    Fill heater with water. Vent air from lines.

    Set water heater controller knob to pilot. Press knob and hold while pressing light button every second While Watching for blinking light on controller to blink. After for about 80 times light starts to blink...

    Rotate controller knob to hot and heat the lovely sound of roaring water heater burner.
    Drink beer for 30 minutes while waiting for water to get hot. Enjoy first hot shower in a week...
     
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    You made money on that job. If the women folk don't find you handsome at least they find you are handy.
     
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    lol, Red Green quote :dblthumb:

    Good job on the DIY.
     
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    It's amazing what you can accomplish with a little know how and a lot of sweat!
    Great job!
     
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    This project comes to mind ;)
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    I think this sums it up :)
    How to move a safe by yourself.

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    Ya done well, didja get an extra special meal outta your efforts? joe
     
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    Good job on that one. Changing one in the attic can not be easy.

    I've done two, one at my parents and one at my house, but they were at ground level. It is a great deal of satisfaction and good money saved.

    I think you earned yourself some bushcraft gear money.
     
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    Yup.
    Slid it down the 2x8's after kicking the deadman out, right onto a two wheel cart and stood it up.
    No holes in the floor or nuthin'.
     
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    @Mikewood, what did you do with the empty?
     
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    We have a city recycling center that is open on Saturday and I will be dropping it off tomorrow.
     
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    Does it still hold water? I was thinking that it could be converted to a reservoir.
     
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    I wish. The reason it’s being replaced is it has a giant leak in the middle vent that can’t be repaired. For water storage I have a 10K gal swimming pool.
     
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