Hot water heater and air handler in small apartment

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Topic by lobbster posted 11-05-2010 04:21 PM 5937 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2010 04:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hot water heater heater water air handler apartment attic space attic

I’m building an apartment for my mother inside half of my 1700sqft pole barn shop. We want to install a 30 gallon hot water heater. Obviously, space is limited for this small apartment so I was wondering if putting the water heater above the bathroom would work. The ceilings are vaulted enough that we put a loft above the (12’x12’) kitchen and there is open space above the bathroom/entryway (also 12’x12’), essentially the attic above the bathroom.
I would really like to be able to use that space for the water heater and possibly the electric heater/air handler.
Any thoughts?
Thank you,

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11-06-2010 02:23 AM

My first thought is, be sure to have some provision for the water when the darn thing leaks, like a pan with a drain going outside. Secondly, the weight of a full water heater is substantial, be sure you have constructed for this.

Be good, Pabull.

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11-06-2010 03:14 AM

The second floor loft is definitely built to hold a lot of weight. The first floor ceiling is exposed beam so I’ve framed 4×6 beams 19” on center with tongue and groove 2×10’s across. Somehow I seem to overbuild everything.
So the tank would be somewhere between 250 and 300lbs…just like me. I’m thinking I could install the pan and connect it down to the bathroom sink/shower drain system (after the traps of course). Or, ya know, your suggestion PaBull would be much easier…drain it to the outside.

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11-07-2010 02:22 AM

Yeah, 30 gallons of water is the same as a heavy person. Given no other code issues, I’d be concerned about when it leaks, and making sure that you’re well protected for any heat and/or fire issues. Sounds like you’ve got that under control, though.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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12-22-2011 07:23 PM

Cool, thanks.

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12-14-2012 06:21 AM

Hi Lobbster.
In my point of view Local conditions make a big difference in labor rates. If you live in a location that is expensive, then you could expect to pay more than other who live in less expensive areas.

-- http://houston-heaters.com/

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