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If you live in an earthquake prone area, you need to strap down and secure your water heater so it won't fall over during a tremor. Here's how I secu...
Most water heaters I've seen are held in place by their own weight and, perhaps, the water connections. In earthquake prone areas that's not enough. ...
When we moved in, the home inspector pointed out that the water heater wasn't properly strapped down and suggested that correcting it be made a condit...
My water heater is located in a corner, so I decided to attach the straps on perpendicular walls and snug the water heater into the corner.
One of the walls is concrete and the other is drywall on studs. On the concrete wall, I hammer-drilled and install concrete anchors. On the stud wal...
The water heater is a few inches from the walls, so cut some scrap 2x4's and 2x6's to fit behind it. The metal straps are threaded through two metal ...
After much fussing and shoving, I managed to get the wood assembly behind the water heater. While half in position, I screwed in the second metal buc...
Tighten down the straps ensuring not to over-tighten and damage the water heater. Previously my water heater had some play; it now feels rock solid....
Literally three hours after I finished this project, there was a magnitude 2.8 quake centered less then three miles from my house!:http://pasadena.wr....
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