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Old 12-16-2011, 10:02 PM   #16
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Can I just fill it in with concrete?


Build a wall out of dimensional lumber the same height as the bricks. Put a piece of 1/2" plywood on the front, and a piece of 3/4 on the top, covering your wall and the brick. Paint the top piece, both sides, before you install it. Setting the heater on wood will help prevent early corrosion of the water heater.
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:44 PM   #17
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Well, at the end I ended up with brick. It is not as bad as I thought

End result is not perfect, but pretty good for first timer (I think), and it does look better than concrete. Comments?

As for wood, yes by code I could just build it out of wood, but given that the rest is brick it would not look good at all, plus I personally don't feel comfortable putting 75gal water heater on wood platform (yes I know, but...). There will be a plywood over the brick under the water heater to prevent corrosion.

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Looks great. Glad you are going to use the wood.
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That's awesome! You did a GREAT job on that - and got to it quick.
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wow can't even tell any work was done looks like it was always there great job....
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A benefit to doing it with bricks right now is that the present water issue won't hinder the curing process or weaken it at all.
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